The Structure of English Words

I heard an interview with astronaut Chris Hadfield the other night where he spoke about the importance of learning, especially when you’ve started your adult life. He believes we should never stop educating ourselves because you never know where it might lead. Downsizing, boredom and life changes can force people to search out other career paths, so if you’ve already been fostering other interests, it can make the change slightly easier.

There are plenty of online education opportunities, as I’ve written about many times, but if you’re looking for some great courses taught by excellent professors, you might consider the iTunesU library.  The courses are free and cover a wide range of topics. All you need is iTunes and you’re ready to go!


One of the fascinating courses I came across recently is called “The Structure of English Words”, taught by a Stanford University professor. The course comes in several chapters and covers the history of the language from its beginnings. You can download it and take your time listening—it’s great for the car or while you’re working out!

So, the next time you think “I’m done with school!”, think again. Pick out some courses you’re interested in, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to leaning something new!


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