Great Deal on the Great Courses!

I just noticed this. (And no, I’m not an Amazon or Great Courses affiliate. If you want to go through somebody else’s search box, go to it.)

The Great Courses has a “channel” on Amazon, called “The Great Courses Signature Collection.” It costs $7.99 a month (after a week of free trial), and you can watch anything they offer on the channel.

It carries many of the same courses that are available on Audible, although these courses are augmented with video or pictures of the things that the professor is talking about.

And (if you are already an Amazon Prime member) it’s much cheaper per month than Audible is, although you can only watch the videos on your Internet-connected TV or download them onto a device. It’s going to take a bit more power, so you can’t really listen to them as easily as on an audio-only device. You also do not own/license a permanent digital copy of the offerings, as you would with Audible. With me so far?

However, the Signature Collection also contains LANGUAGE COURSES!

Yes, you can take the equivalent of a first year, semester-length course in Classical Latin, Ancient and Koine Greek, Ancient Egyptian and Egyptian hieroglyphics, Spanish, French, etc. (One semester of language in college is like the whole first year in junior high/high school.) You don’t get all the practice and homework (unless you do it yourself – same as in college), but you get all the grammar and explanations.

For $7.99 a month.

Also, each episode is fully summarized on the Signature Collection webpages, which is not the case on Audible. (And if you do use the Great Courses from Audible, you might want to bookmark/save the corresponding webpage, just as a lesson finder.)

LANGUAGE COURSES!!! FOR $7.99 A MONTH!

There’s also a chess course, an Algebra I course, a Tai Chi course, a medical diagnosis class for laypeople, a guitar course, and some music appreciation courses where you get to listen to the pieces.

I am probably going to drop Audible temporarily (they save the files you’ve bought), and focus on these language courses. Seriously, this is a DEAL. Almost a STEAL.

UPDATE: You can download the Greek 101 Guidebook from Scribd.com. Since the Great Courses doesn’t seem to be selling it separately, I guess this is a good way to use a free trial month on Scribd. It is over 400 pages and includes a boatload of homework.

The Latin 101 “guidebook” on Scribd is actually just a transcript of the TV episodes, along with pictures of the diagrams and graphics used in the course. You can look at it online or on a Scribd app, but you can’t download it as a PDF.

I don’t see any other Great Courses language stuff on Scribd, but they have a lot of other language study books.

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  1. Update: No language “guidebooks” are provided or downloadable, if you use the Signature Collection channel. Noooo! But language workbooks are pretty easy to get, so that is not a dealbreaker.

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