Word Power Made Easy intends to help improve the readers’ all-round language skills. Summary Of The Book This book, Word Power Made Easy, uses real life situations to demonstrate the power of words. The book begins by showing the reader how to assess their current vocabulary and how to start building word skills. It is divided into three main sections. Word Power Made Easy starts by showing how to start building word skills, and then explains how to acquire better word skills quickly and learn at a faster pace. Then, the book shows how one can become proficient in building vocabulary, and how to keep learning new words and ways to use them. This book uses interesting themes to show how to use words effectively. It contains chapters like insulting or flattering enemies and friends, talking about various professions, successfully discussing science and scientists, describing actions effectively and so on. Word Power Made Easy takes a root of the word based approach to vocabulary building. It traces the etymology of the words being discussed. Once the origin of the word is explained, a lot of similar words sharing the same origin are introduced. This technique is useful in remembering a lot of words, as they are related by a common source which serves as a mnemonic. The book also contains an interesting section on esoteric phobias. It contains pronunciation keys, a test of grammar skills, and a section discussing how grammar changed over the years. It provides tips on proper usage, how to adapt to changing usage, and shows how to acquire the skill of natural speech without any affectations. It contains a list of some words that have recently been added to the language and shows how to build proper spelling skills. Word Power Made Easy is an easy, practical guide to building a good vocabulary, learning about proper usage, pronunciation, and spelling. The book was first published in 1949. About Norman Lewis Norman Lewis was an American grammarian and author. Some other books by Lewis are How to Read Better And Faster, Speak Better, Write Better, Instant Word Power, Dictionary of Correct Spelling, and Dictionary of Pronunciation. All his books were on building language skills. Norman Lewis was born in New York in 1912. Orphaned at an early age, he lived with his sister’s family. He earned his master’s degree from Columbia University and began teaching English language and grammar. He has taught at various institutions like New York University, Rio Hondo College, and headed the institution’s communication department for more than ten years. His first book was 30 Days To A More Powerful Vocabulary. After the success of that book, Lewis began writing a lot of books on grammar and vocabulary which were highly popular and many of them have seen several reprints. His book Roget's New Pocket Thesaurus In Dictionary Form sold over 5 million books. He died in 2006 at the age of 93.
A core book about English language and correct word usage; those who are preparing to sit for CAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and other such examinations would definitely stand to greatly benefit from this book. Anybody who wants to improve one's vocabulary will also find it very useful.
Authored by Norman Lewis, the grammarian from New York who has several other English language books to his credit, 'Word Power Made Easy' has been published by Goyal Publishers and became popular soon after the first edition was released in the year 2009.
For those Indian students who have to clear the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), an essential examination for securing admission to many overseas universities, improving vocabulary and knowing about the correct usage of similarly spelled words or words pronounced words is most essential.
The book is broadly divided into three sections. By way of simple techniques, the author has presented easy tips for improving one's vocabulary and word skills. After having created awareness about the new words and their meaning, he then goes onto explain how to make their correct usage.
Norman Lewis, by way of citing several examples, even explains the correct usage of many words that often have the user confused. The diction and many idioms are explained in detail. Picking up the correct synonym, when arriving at a particular expression, has also been explained.
A section of the book even explains many etymology concepts that one can easily adopt for getting a better grasp of the language. The book has been divided into oriented sessions that need action from the user and there are many exercises that challenge and enhance one's language skills.
At the end of every chapter ends there is a review exercise. Putting oneself to test for these review exercises will give the user a progressive check about the grasp of the language one is gaining. At many places, the monotony of the chapters has been splintered with trivia that keeps the reader's interest in the subject alive and even encourages one to keep practicing more.
The book is laid out in an easy to understand language but at places does challenge one comprehension of the subject. Since 2009, when this 686 page book was first released, it has only become more popular as the years have gone by.
Not just students who are seeking admission to prestigious foreign universities, this book also has many takers who are working to improve their vocabulary and general hold over the English language. The book is available in paperback.About the Author:
Born on 30 December, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Lewis was an author and grammarian. He was also a lexicographer and etymologist. While he was a student in Columbia University in 1941, he wrote his first book Journeys Through Wordland. Apart from that, he has written many books, namely, 30 Days to Better English, Dictionary of Word Power, Speak Better, Write Better and Rapid Vocabulary Builder, among others.
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