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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. First time in book form! A successful program for teaching 3, vocabulary words that successful people need to know, based on America's 1 bestselling audio vocabulary series.
Now this b First time in book form! Now this bestselling information is available for the first time in book form, in an easy-to-follow, graduated vocabulary building program that teaches an outstanding vocabulary in just ten steps. Unlike other vocabulary books, Verbal Advantage provides a complete learning experience, with clear explanations of meanings, word histories, usages, pronunciation, and more.
Far more than a cram session for a standardized test, the book is designed as a lifetime vocabulary builder, teaching a vocabulary shared by only the top percentage of Americans, with a proven method that helps the knowledge last.
A step vocabulary program teaches key words and 3, synonyms. Lively, accessible writing from an expert author and radio personality. Get A Copy. Paperback , Large Print , pages. Published September 26th by Random House Reference. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 08, Ari rated it it was amazing. I own the paper version, the Kindle Version, and the entire audio set. Just as I build my body, I have challenged myself to build my vocabulary.
As Mr. Harrington Elster clearly put it, the importance of "read, repetition, review" will follow me along my journey. I shall, however, not become altiloquent. No way, no how. Anyway, I have read the book before, and I shall read it and listen to it for as long as I live. View 1 comment. Nov 02, Nick Arkesteyn rated it it was amazing. One of the Best books that I have ever read. It took me 3 years to go through the whole thing.
Feb 06, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: academic. Great way to learn about the english language, how it works, and obviously loads of great words. My favorite part of this, though, is that I feel like my lifestyle change will be premanent. I am much better about writing down new words I look up, at being careful about pronunciation, and I know so many more root words that my comprehension has gone up dramatically.
Surprisingly, I found it to be funny, too. That one caught me by surprise. Nov 07, Kevin rated it it was amazing. Everyone can benefit from an advanced vocabulary. I re-read this book at least twice a year. Feb 03, CR rated it liked it Shelves: reference. Not really wanting to READ vocabulary. I like gaining it through context. Sep 03, Aaron Jordan rated it it was amazing.
This book is awesome. I did not always agree with Elster's opinions on words, especially their pronunciations and the subtle nuances of how to use them, but he taught me so much and showed me that I have been mispronouncing and misunderstanding some words for years without even realizing it. I loved this book and will read it again. It has to be among the best vocabulary builders out there.
Now if only I could remember all those words I read about. Aug 31, Sharzil rated it liked it. Jul 06, Fei He rated it it was amazing. A very good book to build your vocabulary. The thing I like it the most is, when you find a word that can exactly describe what you experienced or who you met in the past, it's hard that you don't remember it. Sep 24, Mike Madden rated it it was amazing. Apr 19, Lauren rated it really liked it.
Let's be clear-this is a pretentious book. All books about language guidance, rules and advice are. I did not expect this to be an unpretentious book for the simple reason that they don't exist. I read this book in a day, which is NOT advised. The only reason it worked for me I think was because most of the words were not new to me-as much as the author claimed we were "climbing a mountain" in our vocabulary. This book really helped solidify some murky words for me, that I know when I read the Let's be clear-this is a pretentious book.
This book really helped solidify some murky words for me, that I know when I read them, but when asked to define I'm at a bit of a lost. At times, I felt the definitions were a bit lacking-not much effort was given to using the word in a sentence or explaining the part of speech, but for the most part, good context is provided.
I found the definitions to mostly be more helpful in terms of usage than a dictionary would have been. There were a couple dozen totally new words to me-and these were all great words!
Except, why was "chrysalis" included? How is that a winning word. It reminds me of an old vocab test I took in school. My most favorite part of the book were the essays that he featured between word lists, or to begin or wrap up a lesson.
There are about 5 word lists per lesson, each featuring 10 new words. I enjoyed the author's prose, even if I did, occasionally, find myself disagreeing with his more traditional viewpoint. I am a snob about language-and in that way, we are kindreds. He hit on all my pet peeves, and it was awesome, finally, my gripes had a voice!
I was also gratified to find that I wasn't grossly mispronouncing too many words-some were pretty egregious though : Some of the articles I only gave cursory review-especially the one recommending a reading habit of at least 6 books a year this book is 45 for me.
Others simply didn't apply. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody looking to expand your vocabulary, the book is engaging and interactive, and really built to get you engaged.
I will definitely be using this book to brush up on my vocabulary in years in months to come, in an effort to solidify some of the awesome words contained within this volume. Feb 20, Ella Harkins rated it it was amazing. I love words so I really loved this book. I wish he had mphasized word history a little more, but that is a minor quibble.
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