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Word Power Made Easy Mass Market Paperback – February 15, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0671741907 ISBN-10: 067174190X

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (February 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067174190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671741907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Norman Lewis was an author, grammarian, lexicographer, and etymologist. Lewis was a leading authority on English-language skills, whose bestselling 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary published by Pocket Books in 1971 promised to teach readers to improve their skills in fifteen minutes a day.

Lewis started his teaching career at New York University and the City College of New York. From 1964 to 1995, he taught English—including grammar, etymology, and vocabulary—at Rio Hondo College, a two-year community college in Whittier, California. For more than a decade, he was also the chairman of Rio Hondo’s communications department.

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This book is worth is weight in gold.
Uncle Phil
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their vocabulary skills!
"jimmyja"
This book really makes you UNDERSTAND the new words you're learning.
KS

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Mike Matthews on April 16, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm kind of a word nut and I found this book a fun and effective way to not only build my vocabulary, but increase my knowledge of how the English language evolved into its present form.

This book starts out by providing you with a way to test your present vocabulary. Are you below average, average, above average, excellent, or superior? Take the test and find out!

Mr. Lewis then explains the "hidden" benefits of increasing your vocabulary, such as increasing your intelligence, your self-confidence, and your ability to learn.

You then reach the "meat" of the book wherein Mr. Lewis guides you through a journey of language, and enhances your ability to understand and communicate about myriad aspects of life, such as people and their emotions, actions and attitudes, the body and its physiology, practitioners of various professions; insults, flattery, and other types of speech; and more.

I especially like how much attention Mr. Lewis gives to etymology, as this really helps you understand why a word is what it is, and how its meaning came about.

This is my favorite vocabulary building book I've ever read. It won't disappoint!

P.S. I also recently finished a very interesting book on the subject of language and understanding words, called The Power of Words: Unlock Your Ability to Learn and Do Anything. It's not just a vocabulary book--it teaches an incredible learning system based on understanding words that I wish I had been taught in school. It would've saved me SO much frustration...
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By "hsp65" on November 24, 1999
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I spent a period of time reading and learning this book. It was a wonderful experience when each time I finished reading a chapter and got the new ideas for the new words. That kind of satisfication is just overdescription especially for me when English is not my native language for naturally speaking.I would strongly recommand this book for whoever wants to make progress in his word-building and knowledge-growing. The author has his way to induce you into the world of words and surprisingly you would find many things just happen like what he said as you learned the book step by step. I still have to enhance my ability in English, and this book is just the beginning. And we Chinese often say the good beginning is already half of the success because you've got the right teacher!
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth C. Hicks on March 21, 2000
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The methods Norman Lewis uses to teach vocabulary are fun, refreshing, and LASTING! As a senior in high school, I found this book every bit as interesting as one might expect from a novel. To this day, I remember the chapter on the various medical practitioners. But even more amazing, when I see them in print, I can, to this day, remember whether I learned them from WORD POWER MADE EASY. The most helpful hints for me were the foreign language roots. Learning those helped me uncover the meaning of other words based on those roots. Also Lewis' little vignettes for each word are memorable. My favorite, even now, is the one describing a 'phrenologist'. Try it! You'll love it!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Antonio D. Paolucci on February 8, 2006
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I'm skeptical of books like this. My view on expanding vocabulary is to simply read a lot and if you see a word you don't understand, then look it up. Magically, you now know what that word means. But this book surprised me, though I didn't initially realize it until much, much later, well after finishing the book and all the numerous exercises.

It's mainly because of the content of the book. Though the book centers around about a hundred words (all sectioned off by a specific category), it's through these words and their etymology that we are able to further expand our vocabulary. It teaches first how to recognize the prefix and the suffixes within these words, so that should we come across these same prefixes or suffixes later, we'll know the roots and how to identify the meaning of these words without pulling out a dictionary. This is where it surprised me. It took maybe months, but eventually I realized the power of this book when I saw a word I had never seen before while reading and was able to identify it without even stopping.

Another great part about this book is that it's never overwhelming. Each section uses ten words, and from there multiplies into many more using etymology until starting once again with ten more new words, but only after thoroughly testing you and what you've already learned. When I first began reading this book, I read a chapter a week and studied the words, the prefixes, and the suffixes related to each word and did the tests until I was satisfied that I knew them and then moved on to the next section. In doing this, I was able to expand my vocab by at least the one-hundred base words outlined in this book (later, I realized, my vocabulary grew by thousands of words).
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Linda Jung on May 8, 2000
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I was introduced to this book through a college course. Only a month or two after using this tool, people I worked with commented on the growth of my vocabulary. It was as if by magic. It didn't hurt at all. If you struggle with pronunciation, spelling, and usage, this book could be just the magic you need.
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