Word Workout is a practical audiobook for building vocabulary - a graduated program featuring thousands of words that begins with those known by most college graduates and ascends to words known only by the most educated, intelligent, and well-read adults. This workout is a comprehensive program, chock-full of information about synonyms, antonyms, and word origins, and replete with advice on proper usage and pronunciation. There are also creative review quizzes at each step of the way to measure your progress and reinforce learning. Unlike other vocabulary books, Word Workout provides a complete learning experience with clear explanations and surefire methods to retain new knowledge. Far more than a cram session for a standardized test, this book is designed as a lifetime vocabulary builder, featuring words used by the top tier of literate Americans, laid out in 10 accessible chapters designed for anyone who is looking for some serious verbal exercise.
From "avowal" to "proselytize", from "demagogue" to "mendicant", Charles Harrington Elster has carefully picked the words you need to know, and given you an easy, fast, and fail-safe way to learn and remember them.
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- Simon Wojcik
EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINING, ENGROSSING, ETC.
"Verbal Advantage," also by Mr. Elster, is exceptionally excellent, or, if you will, super superb!
The English language, as performed by Mr. Elster, becomes a weapon of choice.
Yes. The spirit was willing, but the flesh was weak. Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda. But did not.
Five stars all the way around, except re: usage. Mr. Elster's elitist, schoolmarmish refusal to allow the English language to lead its own life, in its own way, on the tongues of its speakers, is snooty, snobby, constrictive, constraining, constipated, and contrary to the realities of experience. Listening to Mr. Elster nay-saying the free speech of a free people is nauseating. Reminds me of Xerxes punishing the ocean by going down to the beach and whipping the waves into submission. Better to let the waves come in and the words come out.
- Tom Dolan