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Verbal Advantage: Ten Easy Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary [Large Print] [Paperback]

Charles Harrington Elster
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Sept. 26 2000
First time in book form! A successful program for teaching 3,500 vocabulary words that successful people need to know, based on America's #1 bestselling audio vocabulary series.

"People judge you by the words you use." Millions of Americans know this phrase from radio and print advertising for the Verbal Advantage audio series, which has sold over 100,000 copies. 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 10-step vocabulary program teaches 500 key words and 3,000 synonyms.
Lively, accessible writing from an expert author and radio personality.  

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About the Author

Charles Elster is the author of several books on language, and is the writer and host of the weekly public radio program "A Word to the Wise." His commercials have been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible - a FUN vocabulary builder?! Aug. 28 2003
Over the years I have tried hard to increase my vocabulary and enhance my English skill. Among the many books, audiotapes and techniques I have tried, I am confident that this book is by far the most productive, efficient and inexpensive tool to improve one's vocabulary. May I also add "entertaining?" The author does a superb job in keeping the reader interested while reading the book - page after page. (I accredit this to author's teaching approach, which is personal, detail oriented and full of enthusiasm.)
This book isn't limited to just telling you what the words mean. It actually discusses their history, mistakes made by people due to nuances of meaning among similar words, author's personal experience from observing how people use them in various settings. The author's sincerity in trying to help improve one's vocabulary is evident in every page of this book.
You will not find the usual dry quality of other vocabulary builders that often drive one to boredom. Like one of the readers mentioned below, you will actually feel your brain start working as you start reading this book.
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I never thought that I would be writing a review of a book, let alone a book dedicated to building one's vocabulary...but here it is.
In short, I'm writing this review while I am purchasing my 2nd copy of the book...as my girlfriend is constantly "stealing" this book from me to read.
This book has several excellent points.
1. The author divides his vocabulary building "program" into 10 different levels, and lets the user progress from easier words to much more esoteric words at the very last levels (anyone know the meanings for what "tergiversation", "crepuscular", "hieratic", "fugacious", "or "glabrous"?).
2. Each word is clearly defined, and the author provides a plethora of synonyms (and relevant antonyms) and explains the nuances among the different synonyms.
3. The author provides highly amusing side notes on various words, especially related to the "beastly" mispronunciations and wrong use of certain words.
4. Each level has around 50 words, and they are broken down into sections of 10 words each. This makes it convenient for those who do not have alot of time, as you can read a section at a time.
All in all, I'm halfway through the book, and I can't wait to get through it...not just because I learned some new words in this book, but because this book has provoked me into buying a new Merriam-Webster dictionary and reading all types of materials that I once eschewed because they were not within the domain of what I already knew!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's actually fun May 17 2001
After browsing through many vocabulary-building books, I decided to get this one simply because it seemed to have lots of information besides just plain old definitions and examples of usage. And, like the previous reviews have said, it's actually very interesting and enjoyable to read. I tend to have a short attention span when reading non-fiction sometimes, so I find it strange to be getting lost in this material. I can feel my brain working! It reveals many misconceptions, mispronunciations, and improper applications of lots of words -- some of them "difficult," and others simply things I thought I knew but didn't. The review tests and the arrangement of words into levels of difficulty allow for a very natural sense of development throughout the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read Jan. 18 2001
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You wouldn't think that a book designed to improve one's vocabulary would be a pleasure to read, but this one is. I bought the book because I have often considered ordering the (very expensive) audio program I always seem to see in airline magazines, but have never had the extra cash to spend on it. With it's levels, lists, and review tests, you'd think this book would be as boring as a high school vocab textbook, but it's not at all! Not only does he teach you new words (with precise, accurate definitions), but he throws in interesting tidbits on word history, correct but seldom used pronunciations, and some great anecdotes. I look forward to reading this book every time I open it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent March 20 2002
By A Customer
I don't usually take time to write a review about books I read, but I will for this book. It is an exceptional book.
The words are carefully chosen and precisely defined. The author has superb diction, and he really makes a sincere attempt to impart some of that knowledge to the reader. I have bought many vocabulary books and have been disappointed many times. Most vocabulary books list too many arcane words, do little to help the reader with pronunciation, and often rely on absurdly contrived examples to help the reader with usage. Verbal Advantage stresses proper pronunciation and gives realistic examples of the words used in context.
Kudos to Mr. Elster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best you can imagine! Nov. 19 2002
By ,SS
If you just finished 1100 words and are looking for a vocabulary bood, as good as that, this is the book you should buy. Some of the vocabularies are the ones you learnt in 1100 words, so you can review. There are a lot new words as well. If you liked 1100 words, don't miss this one.
(It may be difficult for someone with a knowledge of vocabulary less than 1100 words level, though!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars verbal advantage
Wow. After this, I am lost thinking there is nothing after this one. All others do not even come close, it is worth every penny. you will not regret buying this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly edifying
Charles is masterful. This is more than just another vocab book--it covers a whole bunch more including usage, pronunciation and other gems about the English language. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2006 by Noor-Allah Noorani
5.0 out of 5 stars Steps to save $200+ and learn more
A previous review, Xavier, was about to buy the $300 CDs, but bought the $15 book instead. Xavier may have saved $285, but a book, even with similar text, is not as effective as... Read more
Published on April 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One Easy Step To Save $285!!
I was just about to purchase the complete CD series of this item online for $300 when I found this book at a nearby Borders store. I just saved myself $285!! Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Xavier T. Colon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - use the book with the tapes
This book is fantastic. If you are really serious about improving your vocabulary use the book in conjuction with the tapes and you will be amazed how much your vocabulary grows!
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by James E. Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Less expensive than the tapes but has everything you need
This book is a perfect complement to the Verbal Advantage Audio Cassettes or can stand alone. Everything that is covered on the tapes is in the book. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2000 by ahaverland
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