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Improve Your Word Power: The Key to a Bigger Vocabulary [Paperback]

N/A , Jane Russell , Paul Roseby , Bloomsbury Publishers
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26 Jan 2007
Do you ever find yourself using a word without fully understanding its meaning? What kind of liar is egregious? Do you have a perspicacious mind? Words are a valuable resource and essential to social and business success, yet often we find ourselves struggling to use them appropriately. Improve Your Word Power is a step-by-step course for improving your language skills. Beginning with a test of your present vocabulary, it goes on to present a series of forty self-study sessions in twelve chapters. Each word is linked to an easy-to-remember example in which it can be used. Further sessions lead you on to etymologies and word-building, and give links to 'families' of associated words. At the end of each session, a test enables you to check your progress. Packed with lively examples and anecdotes of words in action, learning advice, and 'Teaser Questions', Improve Your Word Power is a stimulating and informative means of boosting your language skills.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (26 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071368531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713685312
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book 15 April 2009
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This book would be fascinating for anyone who's interested in the meanings and origins of words. It doesn't go into huge detail, so it's an easy read, but it explains the roots of words and shows you how many derivatives have been formed from the same roots. I know a reasonable amount about English word origins but this book pointed out several interesting connections that I didn't know. It contains many simple exercises/quizzes to test your knowledge and help you remember the words, which is a vast improvement on just reading a straight text. Two slight criticisms: many words are presented two or three times before the actual meaning/origin is fully revealed, which is slightly irritating - one full entry per word might be more helpful; and there is no index, so it's difficult to quickly find to an individual word. An index would be a vital addition to future editions. But generally a very enjoyable and useful book, nicely presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 22 Jan 2014
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I thought this book was great!! I even bought it twice as the first got used and written over so much i needed a new one. Ive learnt so much and all about the etymology of words which aids you in relating them to a whole bunch of other words. I would recommend this book to anyone you won't be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars words escape me! 14 April 2010
By smile
I was really looking forward to reading this book - what a let down - the repetition is unbelievable - the so called quizzes pointless and the content superficial - there are good books on the subject out there - this is NOT one of them.
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