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Word Smart, 4th Edition (Smart Guides) 4th Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0375765759
ISBN-10: 0375765751
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Product Details

  • Series: Smart Guides
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; 4 edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375765751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375765759
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really thought that the authors of this book compiled a list of 1,505 formidable looking words that I would certainly never see again in my life. I was very wrong.

All (yes, all, not almost all) of these words appear at some point in our daily lives, even if it's rare to hear some of the words in this book used in everyday speech. When I was an AP English student in high school, I noticed that the words in this book frequently appear in the writings of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner, and Charles Dickens - and even in contemporary writings, such as those of J.K. Rowling. These words commonly appear in major newspapers and magazines such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and these words are bound to appear in any professional writing or documents. I sincerely believe that if you go through these words in the book, you will very seldom find the need to refer to your dictionary to look up an unfamiliar word.

While these words prove beneficial to our daily lives, Word Smart is an ideal choice for those who are still attending high school or college. If your mind is set on memorizing these words (especially helpful for those preparing to take the SAT or other standardized tests), I strongly recommend that you read Harry Lorayne's Page-a-Minute Memory Book, which is actually recommended by the authors of this book in Chapter 1. Not only will it help you memorize the 1,505 words in this book, but it will also prove exceptionally helpful, inside and outside of your academic career.

I hope my review of this book is helpful.
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Word Smart: Building an Educated Vocabulary

Word Smart II: How to Build a More Powerful Vocabulary

by Adam Robinson

Word Smart for Business: Cultivating a Six Figure Vocabulary

by Paul West Brook

These three books are permanently placed on my working desk, next to my portable computer. I find them very useful as reference guides to writing smart.

The first two books have a combined inventory of almost 1,700 important words. They have been written by Adam Robinson & The Princeton Review Team. As some readers may know, Adam Robinson happens to be also the author of 'What Smart Students Know' a very good book about smart study techniques. The two books are originally targetted at students preparing for SAT & other standardised tests, but I find them very useful for working professionals.

The third book has an inventory of over 4,000 important business terms, covering quite a broad spectrum of business disciplines. It has been written by a noted financial planning expert.

I enjoy browsing these three books from time to time. I often refer to them as I write my daily business correspondence as well as my reviews on amazon website.

I strongly recommend these three books to readers who want to communicate effectively, be more persuasive & more importantly, get more from your reading.
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By Gary on September 1, 2012
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This book is great, the words in it are all seen on the SAT Practice Tests. I was taking a SAT practice test, and found that 90% of the words that I had difficulty with were in this book. One thing I don't like about this book is that it is in Alphabetical order, which I don't prefer when trying to memorize words. Otherwise, I definitely recommend it.
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In high school they used Word Smart as part of the curriculum for SAT prep. At the time we hated it, but now as an adult I'm glad that I saved the book in my parents' closet because I dug it out to use once again as a reference. The book is well-organized, well-written, and a fantastic resource. As a writer I have started studying this book once again, and will probably buy Volume II soon.
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I am a very forgetful person and have always struggled with vocabulary. I am an international student and my vocab is extremely limited, and it is a great pain to see words that I don't know every once in a while.

Whenever I memorized words, I was never able to remember those in just one day, because I used to memorize words by words--only the definition of the words and not understand how to use them in context. And then I got this book!

It has great example sentences and/or additional explanation through which I can easily understand the usage of the words, and also clarifies the actual meaning of commonly misused words by many people. Since I understand the words themselves, instead of simply memorizing their literal definitions, I can not only remember the words longer but also know exactly how to use them in the actual conversation! It has been like a week or two since I opened this book, but I still remember the words I memorized the first day. (Well, if it sounds like nothing, to me it is a miracle. I used to ask my friend the meaning of a word for more than ten times, and still forget it!) The book also explains subtle differences between words that are often confused by many.

If you have a plenty of time, it would be a good idea to memorize just 1~3 sets per day and try to use them in your general conversation. It's not a lot, probably 10 to 25 words, but it's better to do a little bit at a time for your own benefit in the future. Also make sure you really know the correct usage and the nuance of the words.

Sadly I can't do this because I don't have much time left that I can spend for this book. I memorize five sets per day and review previous ones once in a while.
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