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So far so good, yet...,
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This review is from: 1500 Words in 15 Minutes a Day: Your Week-by-week Plan to a Perfect Vocabulary (Paperback)
I've started using this lately and I have to say it was not exactly what I was expecting. When I was previewing different books on the types of words they'd be useful in learning - i.e. categories - I assumed this would be handy. What started me on this trend is Word Power Made Easy. And that's what I'm basing my comparison of this book. I was hoping to have another book to expand my vocabulary which has deteriorated as of late.
So based on that, 'Word Power...' was a book that exposed the reader to new words, all based on a similar theme and sharing commonalities. It had explanations not just of the words introduced, but its origin, more specifically of its root word and how it is derived. So it teaches you the meaning of the latin or greek, roots, suffixes and prefixes. This gave you the etymological essence of words which helped you divine meanings of words not in the book but based on these ubiquitous roots, maybe even create your own valid words. Plus it showcased how the words are divided into syllables and pronounciation. And there were comparatively more exercises than 1500 words in 15 minutes offers. And all of that helped to firmly plant the words, the meanings and various nuances in mind. Some of which I recall almost perfectly even today and it's been nearly 10-12 years since I'd read it.
The book is useful if one applies themselves outside of the required page a day it proposes, or the 15 minutes. Within the same section, between the different pages, I've noticed that words learned previously are indeed tied into the meaning of the words in further pages. It is tenuous until you start noticing it and working those words into the practice daily.
Granted I've only progressed somewhat through the first several lessons only. I wouldn't dismiss the book completely given that hard work is required in all endeavors. And it is a rich source of words and knowledge in its own right. Ideally as additional learning to the one I prefer.