Sep 24, 2017
Extremely informational, well presented, with questions that stimulate reflection. The optional reading material is food for thought. I hope to see more courses from the same professor and University.
Mar 22, 2019
I've taken a number of online courses on linguistics now, and this one was by and far the best. The material covered is indepth and engaging, and the professor's enthusiam makes the videos a delight.
By Nina D•
Oct 23, 2016
Jul 26, 2016
I very much liked the professor, he has a contagious energy and is entertaining to hear and watch. Overall an excellent course, learned a lot
By hamza b•
May 05, 2017
Excellent course. It gives a general introduction to different branches of linguistics.
By José A C R•
Mar 21, 2017
A very good introduction to linguisticis.
By Cezar N•
Aug 22, 2016
Just perfect, even for post-graduate students in Linguistics!
By Carl X•
Feb 26, 2018
It is indeed a miracle!
By Isadora S V d R U•
Jul 05, 2016
A wonderful course on principles in Linguistics presented by this lovely professor Dr. Marc van Oostendorp and enriched with the discussions with Marten and Inge. As a Linguistics and Literature student, I felt that they found what was a very nice way to spread this knowledge and, in my case, a more concise discipline in which I could refresh my memory for somethings but also get to know new informations and different points of view and, at last, as an observer from Brazil, to compare a little how these things are discussed here from there. Thank you very much for the hard work and the entousiasm!
By Julia S•
Mar 26, 2017
It was knowledgeable and fun! I updated my knowledge bank about language.
By Bertille M•
Feb 11, 2017
Excellent MOOC! Prof. van Oostendorp has done a wonderful job, asking students and colleagues to intervene. Extremely interesting!
Mar 31, 2018
In everyday life we don't even think about our privilege in communicating with each other as human beings and what a complex mechanism it is. From finite quantity of words we can build infinite number of meaningful sentences. Isn't that a miracle? The course was very interesting and useful. I am very thankful.
By Leon E V A•
Jun 12, 2017
Great course, I learned a lot and now I'm very interested in learning more about linguistics.
By Daniela P A•
Jan 18, 2017
Very informative and very fun, you can learn a lot from it.
By Daria K•
Nov 06, 2016
The course is itself a miracle. The topic has been presented in a very interesting way thanks to the Professor, his motivating way of teaching and his discussions with students. It was a challenge for me, it demanded a lot of own studying but I feel I have learned a lot about the topic and also got a motivation to learn more. Thank you.
Dec 02, 2016
Loved this course! The professor was informative and engaging, and Inge and Martin made the class interesting and fun. I also enjoyed the interviews with other experts in the field.
By Jeyana M•
Aug 07, 2016
"Miracles of Human Language" is a great introductory course for those who want to get into linguistics, but it is also an amazing course for writers, teachers, psychologists and all lifelong learners interested in a topic.
I'm very grateful to Prof. Dr Marc van Oostendorp, his students and everyone who was involved in creating this course. I also want to say thanks to coursera team for making this course available for so many learners.
This course inspired me to start learning Spanish and French (I now spend some time on duolingo.com every day, and with a great pleasure).
Also, after finishing this course, I felt confident enough to start an important writing project (a book for children with a goal to prevent child abuse, the book is in Russian).
In this course the idea of changing the world with your words is presented in such a simple and convincing way, that it's impossible to resist. I think this course made me a better teacher, a better writer and a happier person.
By Linda K•
Feb 08, 2017
By Andrés M•
Jan 26, 2017
Excelente para refrescar la memoria respecto a aspectos básicos de la lingüística o para introducirse en este mundo según sea el caso.Un aspecto a resaltar es la diversidad de lenguas con las que se trabajan en este curso, ya que en muchas cátedras de lingüística solo se enfocan en la lengua madre o en comparaciones de esta con una segunda lengua o lengua extranjera.
May 31, 2017
Extremely pleasant experience gotten in the course, I think it's worth trying for anyone who has the slightest related or direct interest in Linguistics. This reveals some facts of common concerns in my opinion. Reasonable setting of sections as a guiding course.
By Tyson W•
Jun 18, 2016
Miracles of Human Language is a wonderful introduction to the field of linguistics. Prof.dr. M. van Oostendorp is an adept and engaging lecturer and his knowledge of his field is vast. His discussions with Marten and Inge were engaging and his interactions with the language informants was, well... informing! I only wish I could contribute a language to his MOOC as well as participate in his research and work at Universiteit Leiden. Thank you, Dr. van Oostendorp, Marten, Inge, Roberta, Khalid, Han, Varun, Enoch, and Beste. It's been quite a ride!
By Ema N•
Feb 26, 2018
Wonderfully instructive, engaging, challenging and interesting. Great course!
By Fátima Z R•
Oct 12, 2016
Curso muy completo y sobre todo AMENO en el que aprenderás sin darte apenas cuenta.
By Johanna A•
Aug 07, 2017
This is an absolutely awesome course.
Jan 18, 2017
Excellent course. Was very thorough, entertaining and interesting.
By Mario A L G•
Jun 24, 2016
It is a very good Introduction for those of Us that know nothing of Linguistics. I was very happy to take it.
By Lourenco C G•
Sep 11, 2017
Good material, excellent presentations, knowledgeable presenters. Fascinating!