Saturday, February 02, 2008

Free Knowledge

One the best things about the 'net is finding little treasures of knowledge scattered around - things off the beaten path of the usual news and entertainment sites. Something I stumbled across this morning: Free online college writing courses. I've downloaded a few from MIT, and started exploring a few others. The links can take you to other areas . . . for example, MIT's got 1800 free courses in many disciplines. Also, check out Lifehacker's tour of the .edu underground. One link I noted for acting purposes: the speech accent archive.
The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.

Learning for learning's sake. Gotta love it.

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