I did some shopping, spent some money and I don't even feel guilty.
I bought two courses from the Learning Company/the Great Courses, one about linguistics and the other about public speaking. All courses are 75% off today and I got my two courses for $19.95 each plus free shipping.
Description of the linguistic course:
With more than 6,000 languages spoken around the world, it’s no wonder that linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here’s a secret: There’s a lot that’s quirky and intriguing about how human language works—and much of it is downright fun to learn about.
Every day, linguists ponder and try to solve some of the most intriguing scientific, historical, and sociological puzzles behind the inner workings of language—how it emerged, how it evolved, how it’s used, and where it’s going in the future.
I couldn't resist it.
I don't really plan on becoming a public speaker but learning about it should be helpful at church and maybe at the library too.
I bought the CDs but can also listen to the courses on line anytime.
I love to learn and I feel like this was $40.00 well spent.