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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Reference; large type edition edition (Sept. 26 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375709320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375709326
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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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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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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This is such a wonderful book to read and enjoy. With English being my second language, the story behind each word makes it easier for me to understand the "weight" of the word so that I can properly use these words. I am taking it everywhere with me, and downloaded the more portable audible version to grasp the pronunciation as well. The two new habits I have noticed that since I started this book:

- When reading an article, I find myself seeking for new word full of anticipation.
- Whenever coming across a new word, I immediately look for a hint for the root of the word.
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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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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!! And from reading all the reviews, I belive I've made a very wise "self-improvement" investment. Granted the CD's would help somewhat with certain pronunciations, but the book has a very useful key guide to guide along as well.
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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. You just need to decide whether you want an audio format costing close to 300 dollars or a print format which is under 20.
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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. I highly recommend both the audio program and the books, as well as the author's website
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Best book for learning vocabulary by far. Only thing that they could of improved upon is having an index where words are in book. Last few levels of words are a waste as you would never use in normal conversation but overall an awesome book and program.
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