Does someone in your house need an occasional grammar review? Do occasional questions about word use or punctuation come up as a family member writes important essays and reports? If so, check out Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. It’s amusing for kids and adults, too, but there’s a lot to learn along the way. We listen to these podcasts just for fun, and I know a family that downloads the “casts” to listen to on family car trips (okay, it’s my family).
Grammar Girl posts regular podcasts — free and never more than a couple of minutes long — and they are chock-full of interesting information about usage, punctuation rules, and accepted practices. She uses humorous examples, not unlike the understated but clever examples found in Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, a revered but unpretentious reference first published in 1918 and still widely used today.
A current podcast is always featured on Grammar Girl’s first page, along with grammar tips and links to some of her most recent and popular podcasts. Click on the category links just below the Grammar Girl banner — punctuation, word choice, style and more — to find podcasts on a specific subject (see Grammar Girl graphic link).
If you explore a bit you will see that Grammar Girl has become a bit of an industry — there are quite a few other Quick and Dirty Tips sites, all with podcasts. Like most successful sites these days, Grammar Girl has advertising as do her podcasts, but it’s not intrusive
Four of My Favorite Grammar Girl Podcasts (but there are lots more so don’t stop with these)