Vocabulary Cartoons: Building an Educated Vocabulary with Visual Mnemonics Paperback – Apr 1997
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Despite advertising hype, no ONE book will double your vocabulary, but reading several vocabulary-building books can double your vocabulary. Different vocabulary-building books have different words and different explanations. If you don't learn a word from one book, you can learn it from another book.
Any vocabulary-building book will have many words, a fourth to half the book, that you already understand. You can always skip or skim the easy-to-you words.
Varied, incomplete word selection is another reason for using several books. Some books just take words used on past-standardized tests, neglecting other words. Other books, limit their words to words based on word roots, neglecting others. Often authors have thrown in personal favorite words, even if others rarely use the words. If you see a word in two or three books, it's generally a need-to-know word.
Cartoon/Mnemonic vocabulary books have their fans who like the mnemonic memory aids, which are useful before tests. If you don't like cartoons with mnemonic reminders, don't buy this book. The main weakness of Vocabulary Cartoons is with only one word and one cartoon per page, these books may only have a few hundred words and are expensive per word. Audio vocabulary books such as Elite Word Power, let you hearing each word pronounced correctly, helpful for improving speaking vocabulary.
The words used in this resource emphasize focus on attaining a better score on the verbal section of the SAT I. I have come across most of the 300 words in this book on sample SAT Is. I would recommend this title to those who would like to effectively increase their vocabulary in a short amount of time, especially to those with weak vocabularies.
A sample word used in this book is "ubiquitous". The verbal mnemonic is "as big as us". The visual mnemonic is a cartoon that features two extremely heavyset people who claim: When you're "as big as us" you feel "ubiquitous". (Ubiquitous, by the way, refers to the quality of being everywhere at once.)
The words are definitely geared toward high-school vocabulary and the SAT (as the book cover suggests) so I found myself already knowing about 75% of the words (e.g. gloat, legacy, phobia, vocation, ajar, aftermath).
I'm hoping the sequel to this book will have more advanced words, however, it never hurts to reinforce what words you *think* you already know.
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this book is awesome from the first time i had i study 50 in two hours and thirty and i actually remember all of them what is really helpful is the review wheneva you done with the... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003 by Nide Delva
At first I thought this book would help me increase my score of 650. But I soon found the book lacking in more difficult words. Read morePublished on July 14 2003
I absolutely loved this book. Not only have I learned the 250 words effeciently in a fun way, but I also developed the ability to use menomic device for other words as well.Published on July 14 2002
You can sit down for 15 minutes a day and learn 30 SAT words. There is no other book like this anywhere. Buy it. It is really amazing..Published on May 23 2001
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