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30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 1999
This book is excellent. I worked through this book in less than 30 days, because I found it difficult to stop after just one exercise. I improved my SAT verbal by 90 points thanks to this book, and it began in me a love of words that continues siepaternally. This is the best vocabulary builder I have come across.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2015
The operandi on which I write is irrefutably ameliorate. Def buy init
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on 4 March 1997
A 30 day primer in conversational vocabulary. This book was well written, with good excercises and practical contents.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 1998
While this book is very helpful in building a more powerful vocabulary, a more appropriate title would be "45 days to a more powerful vocabulary in just 60 minutes a day!" Some lessons must be repeated if you want to really know some of the words. There are no really ground breaking vocabulary memorization techniques in this book either. However, it does a great job of organizing certain vocabulary terms. If you can spare an hour a day for 45 days, this books can be a great help!
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on 21 September 2014
The book thay my adult's pupils love.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 1998
My 7th grade English teacher used this book as a vocabulary builder when I was in school. I enjoyed the way the book was set up in categories, and, although it is not a "modern" self-help book with lots of learning tricks, its content and form were very usable. I now have a 9th grade daughter who is interested in improving her vocabulary and this book was one of my choices for her.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2003
Ahh...the pleasure of words, how could a man deny himself this Empyrean delight! Asceticism, at least in the realm of vocabulary, is a mortal sin that a true logophile should not hesitate to denounce.
The organization of the book is worth heaping praises upon. Chapters, each of which should be finished in a day, are ordered thematically (eg Power Verbs and Foreign Words), that I personally found myself actually reading the book at whichever interesting chapter depending upon my particular inclination for that day. However, my advice should be taken with caution as the authors seemingly intended the book to be read in a particular order of progress. Well, tastes and aptitude may vary.
The book begins with an initial assessment of vocabulary and general language skills already possessed. Subsequent chapters are also supplemented with exercises (which are accompanied by helpful hints themselves), and the book ends with a final assessment of success.
At times the authors seem to be sermonizing on the values of the "American" language (as the authors call it), at times to be touting the importance of national linguistic pride, at times busily engaged in an exercise in Oprahesque you-can-do-it ad nauseam. As some reviewer(s) noted, the book has not been expurgated of the prejudices particularly prevalent at the time it was first written.
Despite the flaws which all books are guilty of in some degree or another, Dr Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis have shown the path towards a greater experience of this esoteric enteprise. A path that is delightfully fun, rewarding and entertaining; it is definitely worth every penny!
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on 23 December 2014
Excellent
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 1999
While you can certainly finish the book in 30 days, you'll most likely forget the vocabularies in at least half of the chapters by the time you are done. The quiz in each chapter is useful. The diagnostic test at the beginning of the book can crush your self-esteem - which is to be redeemed after reading the book. "30 days" in the title is misleading, because readers probably need to go through the chapters again and again to make sure they truly remember the words. So make it "45-50 days to a more powerful vocabulary"!
Furthermore, believe it or not: it is not a bad cram book if you have less than 3 months to study for SAT or GRE! I find vocabulary builders (such as this title) much better study tools for SAT or GRE than conventional exam preparation guides like Princeton Review or Barron's - at least for the verbal section.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 1999
While the exercises and word lists are good, the editors of this 1998 update of a 1942 classic unfortunately failed to update all of the definitions. If you wander through the medical fields, you'll note that all doctors are referred to as "he." Also, the example for the word "sublimate" describes a woman who accedes to power in an all male environment as sublimating her distaste for men by dominating them. Not recommended for purchase by libraries or schools (or liberal thinkers!).
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