Expand Your Vocabulary: The Dynamic In-context Way : a Practical 40-day Introduction to New Words Plus a Day-by-day Commentary on "language Uses and Abuses"

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University Press of America, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 253 pages
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A unique departure from current vocabulary-building texts, this book features word-choices in short excerpts (under 250 words each) from forty different writers and speakers, among them notables like Vicki Kemper, Vernon Jordan, Karen Armstrong, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Albert Shanker, Andrew Hacker, and Juliet Schor. Their topics range widely from 'World Population and Your Life' to 'Leadership for the Future'. The book is a practical and interesting way to study words in meaningful context rather than as isolated entities. Another innovation is that each of the forty 'Days' is accompanied by a commentary, 'Language Uses and Abuses, ' on how words are formed and how to check and improve language usages. Topics include Like as a Preposition and Like as a Verb; Get Lost, Hopefully; How Not to Make a Good Impression; Two Handy Latin Phrases; What's in a Name?; and Word-Surfing with the Greek. Then, based on the word-choices studied from a particular context-passage, each 'Day' closes with comprehension checks which include matching meanings, choosing synonyms, and choosing antonyms. And a final noteworthy feature: a sounds-of-speech pronunciation system so easy to understand that it makes the usual pronunciation key unnecessary
 

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Contents

DAY 1
1
Language Uses and Abuses Like as a preposition and as a verb
3
DAY 2
5
Language Uses and Abuses How not to make a good impression
7
DAY 3
9
Language Uses and Abuses Two handy Latin phrases
11
DAY 4
13
Language Uses and Abuses Too much of a good thing
15
Language Uses and Abuses Latin numbers as prefixes
105
DAY 23
109
Language Uses and Abuses Expressing ideas vividly
113
DAY 24
117
Language Uses and Abuses Other Greek prefixes as guides to meaning
120
DAY 25
123
Language Uses and Abuses More combining forms from Greek and Latin
126
DAY 26
129

DAYS 5
17
Language Uses and Abuses Some troublesome pairs
19
DAY 6
21
Language Uses and Abuses Similarsounding pairs
23
DAY 7
25
Language Uses and Abuses Being direct and to the point
26
DAY 8
29
Language Uses and Abuses Four more Latin phrases
31
DAY 9
33
Language Uses and Abuses Pesky pronouns and prepositions
35
DAY 10
37
Language Uses and Abuses Using action words
39
DAY 11
41
Language Uses and Abuses Some combining forms in action
43
DAY 12
47
Language Uses and Abuses Troublesome singulars and plurals
49
DAY 13
51
Language Uses and Abuses Using precise words
53
DAY 14
55
Language Uses and Abuses More similarsounding pairs + a triplet
57
DAY 15
61
Language Uses and Abuses Still more similarsounding pairs
63
DAY 16
67
Language Uses and Abuses Introducing prefixes as guides to meaning
70
DAY 17
73
Language Uses and Abuses Combining forms from the Greek
76
DAY 18
79
Language Uses and Abuses Whats in a name?
81
DAY 19
83
Language Uses and Abuses Greek numbers as prefixes
86
DAY 20
89
Language Uses and Abuses The Latin magnus as a combining form
92
DAY 21
95
Language Uses and Abuses Reviewing a few as and bs
98
DAY 22
101
Language Uses and Abuses Do you know anyone with a phobia or a mania?
132
DAY 27
135
Language Uses and Abuses Other Latin prefixes as guides to meaning
139
DAY 28
143
Language Uses and Abuses More Latin prefixes as guides to meaning
146
DAY 29
149
Language Uses and Abuses Theyre all alike
152
DAY 30
155
Language Uses and Abuses How word sources jog the memory
158
DAY 31
161
Language Uses and Abuses A word to the wise
164
DAY 32
167
Language Uses and Abuses More good advice kind of
170
DAY 33
173
Language Uses and Abuses Some remarks on some
176
DAY 34
179
Language Uses and Abuses Being sensitive to gender equity
182
DAY 35
185
Language Uses and Abuses Regarding direct routes
188
DAY 36
191
Language Uses and Abuses Get lost hopefully
194
DAY 37
197
Fun impossible with a dictionary
200
DAY 38
203
Language Uses and Abuses In a family way
206
DAY 39
209
Wordsurfing with the Greek
213
DAY 40
217
Language Uses and Abuses Wordsurfing with the Latin
219
Day 1Comprehension Answers
223
The IndoEuropean Family of Languages
239
BIBLIOGRAPHY
241
WORD INDEX
243
About the author
255
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Ray Nadeau is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Purdue University.

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