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    • English Grammar Boot Camp

    • By: The Great Courses, Anne Curzan
    • Narrated by: Professor Anne Curzan Ph.D. University of Michigan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best lecture series what I have ever heard

    • By Mark on 04-21-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Wicked Cool - The Irreverence of Slang

    • By: Anne Curzan
    • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    How is the tone of “bootylicious” different from “incentivize”? Youthful, undignified, playful, and irreverent, slang is hard to define but serves an important purpose in our communications. Unlike jargon, slang is decidedly informal, and it has the power to oppose established authority and establish rapport.

    Regular price: $1.37

    • The Life of a Word, from Birth to Death

    • By: Anne Curzan
    • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Open the Oxford English Dictionary and you’ll find dead words such as “wittol” and distinctly contemporary words such as “ginormous” and “multislacking.” In addition to looking at the lifespan of words from birth to death, this lecture also considers “semantics” - the study of how words mean what they mean.

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    • How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

    • By: The Great Courses, Anne Curzan
    • Narrated by: Professor Anne Curzan Ph.D. University of Michigan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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    Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Left wanting more

    • By Gina on 01-07-14

    Regular price: $9.95

    • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

    • By: The Great Courses, Anne Curzan
    • Narrated by: Professor Anne Curzan Ph.D. University of Michigan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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    From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read.

    • By lute player on 03-08-14

    Regular price: $41.95