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1. The Princeton Review Wordsmart I Audio Program : How to Build a More Educated Vocabulary (4 60-min cass)
by ADAM ROBINSON
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Asin: 0517593556
Catlog: Book (1993-01-26)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 407373
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

WORD SMART

The words you use say a lot about you. Some words say that you are smart, persuasive, and informed. Others say that you don't know what you're talking about. Knowing which words to use and how to use them are keys to getting the most from your mind and to communicating effectively.

Based on the best-selling book, Word Smarton cassette will help you learn the words you absolutely need to know. To find these words, the Princeton Review researched the vocabularies of educated adults. It analyzed newspapers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, books from best-sellers to the classics, and standardized tests like the SAT and GRE. The words included in this interactive program are those that appear most frequently and are often misused or misunderstood.

Here's what Word Smart includes:

  • words grouped by subject
  • concise, accurate definitions
  • lively, humorous examples and stories to illustrate meanings
  • mnemonics (memory devices) ... Read more

    Reviews (39)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good source of must-know words
    As always Word Smart is a great way to study for the SAT, GRE, and standardized tests. These 800+ words not only help you do good on standardized tests but also enrich your vocabulary for everyday conversations. I especially found the pronunciation keys for every word very useful. It doesn't really make you look very smart if you mispronounce a word does it? I found it really funny that books never gave you pronunciations and was so pleased when I finally saw them in Word Smart. The sentence examples are also a great way to learn how to use these words and Adam's humor definitely shows up in some of them:) The word root list and GRE hit parade were also very helpful.

    I recently got a score of 700 on my verbal section of the SATs. A large part of the reason was Word Smart. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because I feel that you need to also purchase Word Smart II to get all the words that you absolutely need to know for the SATs. There are also some words in this book that are way too easy. Come on, ironic? Who doesn't know what that means. Otherwise this book is a must-buy for anyone taking the SATs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for SAT, GRE or TOEFL Preparation
    This book contains 800+ words, which may not seem like a high number, but, those words will very likely appear on the GRE, SAT or TOEFL. Why? Because the testmakers test words that are commonly misused. For example, many people do not know the distinction between 'libel' (false written statements) and 'slander' (false spoken statements). Without knowing the subtle distinctions of words, you'll lose points on standardized tests which test vocabulary. Word Smart points out the commonly misused words and how those words are misused. Word Smart also provides interesting sample sentences to help you understand the context in which a word should be used, unlike the boring, somewhat useless sample sentences often found in dictionaries.

    If you purchase this book, do all the matching quizzes which will greatly assist your vocab memorization.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I prefer IPA symbols.
    One thing I personally don't like about this book is that they use their own pronunciation keys instead of IPA symbols.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Effective
    Very good book for International students preparing for TOEFL/GMAT/GRE
    I used when I was taking my GMAT. I knew about 25% of the words that it had such as prolific or excentric but there were some good ones that I still remember such as vociferous and verdant. I found it very helpful to use during short periods of time when I would have a few minutes between meetings or in the public transportation on the way home. Generally, a very pleasant book. It has good white paper and each words has a full page. Remebering was easy too, but forgetting was not hard. Sometimes I caught myself that I would remember the picture but would not remember the definition. In any case, this is a much faster way to learn words than mere memorizing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
    This book is really very very VERY good! ... Read more


  • 2. Upsize Your Word Power : The Fastest and Easiest Way to Expand Your Vocabulary
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    Asin: 0375401830
    Catlog: Book (1998-03-24)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 536221
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    Book Description

    Now from Peter Funk, the Reader's Digest word columnist and the bestselling author of Word Power, comesUpsize Your Word Power, teaching you the fastest and easiest way to expand your vocabulary: the use of synonyms.

    Synonyms are a sound and often overlooked way to build vocabulary.With synonyms, you can express almost any shade of feeling or describe almost anything in minute detail.In Upsize Your Word Power, Peter and Mary Funk will examine the use of synonyms and help you to:
    -broaden your vocabulary
    -better your use of the English language
    -learn to use precise and attention-getting meaning-related words
    -practice using target words in commonly experienced situations

    Through the powerful and underutilized vocabulary tool of synonyms, you too can Upsize Your Word Power.

    Included inside the Audio package is a pocket synonym guide to use for quick reference

    1 cassette / 60 minutes
    Read by Peter Funk


    Word Power is also available on Audio from Random House AudioBooks.
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    3. Verbal Advantage (Verbal Advantage)
    by Charles Harrington Elster
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    Asin: 1559275952
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: Audio Renaissance
    Sales Rank: 352634
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    A strong command of the English language is directly linked to career advancement, your income, your social status, and success. Now, by mastering Volume 7 and Volume 8 of the Verbal Advantage program, you'll continue the journey that will lead you to joining the elite segment of society that enjoys the highest levels of professional and personal achievement.

    By adding new words to your vocabulary, you'll win the admiration of friends, peers, and colleagues. You'll come to possess the word power you previously envied in others. You'll forever stop fumbling for words, using them incorrectly, failing to understand, or, perhaps worst of all, remaining silent. With Verbal Advantage you will never again be at a loss for words, for you will:

    Add hundreds of new power words to your vocabulary. Develop clarity and variety in your speech. Learn how to correctly pronounce the most difficult words. Be certain you are using the right words every time. Learn effortlessly without classroom study or written tests. Obtain the key ingredient to personal and professional success.

    Verbal Advantage has been the top-selling vocabulary program in the world since 1985. A major benefit of the series is that listeners can pick up any volume, and begin the program in no particular order, to gain from Verbal Advantage. It's perfect for every age and occupation, including public speakers, business-people, students - and you! Start now and develop the confidence that comes with real word power, whether in business, school, or everyday conversation.
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    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best cassette tape
    This is the fourth tape I had, but it is the only one that I like.The tape explains words and presents several usages.The other tapes were (1) very annoying because they containing too much useless, annoying dialogue and few new words or (2) not helpful because the definition and usage were poorly crafted.

    If you prefer useless chatting between annoying people, try Word Smart II; you will spend very long time listening to their uninformative conversation.If you simply want to learn as much words in a short period of time, get this set of tape.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Informative but boring
    After the first 10 min or so, I can no longer give my full attention to what I hear.Not possible to really remember all the words while many words are not used in the real world.Nice to know but will forget soon enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Education Value
    I found the Verbal Advantage tapes extremely interesting and fascinating.The author includes the etymology (a word I learned) with many of the words. This teaches many interesting historical facts most people are unaware of. He also does much more than "read from the dictionary".He explains the correct pronunciation, correct usage, synonyms, antonyms, and etymology.Over and above the fascinating vocabulary discussions, he talks about common errors people make in day-to-day conversation.He talks about redunancy, overused words and incorrectly used words.Mr Elster has a very good, interesting voice that he uses with great enthusiasm for the subject.So if you are interested in becoming "erudite", and want your writing to be more "perspicacious", these are the best tapes you can buy!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
    From their advertisement pitch ("a program that feeds words effortlessly into your memory... you'll be able to use hundreds of new words in hours..."), one would think that they'd used some cutting edge psychology techniques (such as NLP, conditioning, etc) to aid your learning.But you'll be disappointed when you discover that the author did little more than reading from the dictionary.

    Here's the format for every word on the tape:1) author reads the vocabulary2) he spells it3) reads the definition and sometimes the origin of the word4) reads the synonyms and sometimes antonyms (which he did not bother to spell. So if you didn't know the synonyms to being with, you can't even look them up in a dictionary)5) often he gives some example of usage.

    With exception of #5 above, there's nothing you can't get from reading the dictionary like Rain Man does.At least, when you read from a dictionary, you don't have to keep rewinding the damn thing to catch the synonyms you missed.

    Each verbal advantage set comes with 2 tapes.The author spent half of the 1st tape introducing the program, telling you why you should learn vocabularies.He then spent half of the 2nd tape explaining how to read from a dictionary.Okay, so you say "I don't know why I should learn more words and I never used a dictionary before."You'll be surprised when you open Verbal Advantage level 2, and discovers the EXACT same repetition of the introduction and how to read dictionaries.

    You might learn a lot of other things from these tapes... but you definitely will not learn a lot of new words. ... Read more


    4. Nepali for Trekkers: Language Tape and Phrase Book
    by Stephen Bezruchka
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    Asin: 0898863112
    Catlog: Book (1992-03-01)
    Publisher: Mountaineers Books
    Sales Rank: 329991
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (3)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A useful tape/book combo for learning vocabulary and phrases
    I am using the tape in my car to learn vocabulary and find the pronunciacion clear, and definitely useful as Nepali sounds are different enough from English that it is difficult to know how to read a word correctly. I like to learn many words, then phrases at the beginning of my study of a language, and this tape has been helpful, even in it's limited nature. 4 Stars because it is good - and accurate to it's title

    3-0 out of 5 stars A useful supplement for learning Nepali
    I put this tape in my car stereo and listened to it about 100 times before my trip. When I got to Nepal I found that I had developed an "ear" for the sound of the language (a Nepali native speaker reads the words)but was pretty weak in vocabualry and grammar. As advertised, the phrases are oriented towards trekking-- hiring porters, asking directions, buying supplies, things like that-- so it's not quite the same vocabulary you need for social chit chat. However, in conjuntction with the vocabulary and grammar in the back of "Nepal Handbook" by Kerry Moran, I had a good foundation for very basic converstaions. Learning a little Nepali truly enhanced my trip since it made me stand out from the thousands of other tourists. I was glad I had taken the time to listen to this tape since it definitely helped me be able to pick up vocabulary faster once I was in Nepal, however, it's not quite sufficient to stand alone as the only source for learning the language.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A useful supplement for learning Nepali
    I put the casette on my car stereo and listened to it about 100 times before my trip. When I got to Nepal, I had developed an "ear" for the sound of the language (the tape has a Nepali native speaker pronouncing the words) but not much vocabulary or grammar. The phrases in this book are, as promised, oriented towards trekking (asking directions, hiring porters etc..) so they are not quite what you need for social chit-chat. However, in conjunction with the vocabulary in the back of "The Nepal Handbook" by Kerry Moran, I had a good foundation for basic communication. I spent six weeks in Nepal and learning a little bit of language really made the trip a whole lot more fun even though you could get along fairly well there speaking only English. I was definitely glad that I took the time to use this language tape since it helped me pick up the language a lot faster once I got to Nepal, but don't expect it to stand alone as your only source for learning Nepali language. ... Read more


    5. LL Princeton Review Word Smart SAT Hit Parade
    by Living Language, Lishing L.l.c. Princeton Review Pub
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    Asin: 0609604406
    Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
    Publisher: Living Language
    Sales Rank: 502914
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great selection of Vocab for a short period of time!
    This book contains crucial SAT vocab words, not too many words like some other books do, so you can really learn them in a short period of time. Also, for each words, it gives easy and clear definitions with part of speech and really good example sentences. Memorize all the words in this book, then you'll have a good background vocab for SAT verbal. ... Read more


    6. Word Smart Genius Edition : How to Build a Phenomenal Vocabulary (Living Language Book)
    by Princeton Review
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    Asin: 0517708167
    Catlog: Book (1997-01-21)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 504572
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    WORD SMART GENIUS EDITION

    Do you have a proclivity for sesquipedalian words? Hasyour prose become ossified because you haven't augmented your vocabulary lately? Here's the perfect pedagogical solution.Word Smart Genius Edition teaches more than150 of the most interesting and challenging words in the English language.
    Perfect for college students, professionals, wordmongers, crossword puzzle devotees, or just plain show-offs, Word Smart Genius Edition informs and instructs in a uniquely entertaining way.

    Word Smart Genius Edition includes:

  • words grouped by subject
  • concise, accurate definitions
  • lively, humorous examples and stories
  • mnemonics (memory devices) ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining
    I learned a lot of words on my way to work and was very entertained as well. Some words are ones that you'll never use or find anywhere, but most were helpful to know. My only problem is that there isn't an easy way for you to understand how each word is spelled while listening to the tape.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations
    Highly recommended for anyone wishing to expand their vocabulary and be entertained at the same time. Excellent investment!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time and money
    I seriously disagree with the other customer commment. If that person took umbrage to the comments and banter in the "Genius" series then he or she probably finds most of the primetime comedy shows on these days totally unacceptable. The so called juvenille approach is obviously an intentional format used to help the reader/listener remember. I found it quite effective and highly recommend the series. I found the format well thought out and a pleasure to listen to. It worked for me as did the two previous series.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A quixotic cassette set
    The Word Smart series is convenient for those who want to distend vocabulary skills while commuting to and from work. It's ambitious "genius" title is a bit deceiving, however. The words are not really that advanced. The script is corny as with other tapes in the series. But it kept me entertained enough to listen to the tapes and perhaps work in a word here and there into my mainstream vocabulary set.I recommend this to those who want to improve their vocabulary and are pressed for time. But don't be surprised by the juvenile approach of the two narrators. Some of the wisecracks they make are offensive. There are several examples of sexual innuendoes. Also, there are some anti-Greek fraternity statements in the Word Smart series that I took offense to, having been in a fraternity in college. It seems like there wasn't a good editing job and that the scriptwriter pushes his negative views of certain societal aspects, like fraternities and relationships between men and women, and exerts them on the listeners.I'll give it three stars instead of one simply because I probably was able to learn from it despite serious deficiencies in the presentation of this set. ... Read more


  • 7. Verbal Advantage, Volume 5 (Verbal Advantage)
    list price: $16.95
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    Asin: 1559275308
    Catlog: Book (1998-12-15)
    Publisher: Audio Renaissance
    Sales Rank: 270170
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    A strong command of the English language is directly linked to career advancement, your income, your social status, and success. Now, by mastering Volume 7 and Volume 8 of the Verbal Advantage program, you'll continue the journey that will lead you to joining the elite segment of society that enjoys the highest levels of professional and personal achievement.

    By adding new words to your vocabulary, you'll win the admiration of friends, peers, and colleagues. You'll come to possess the word power you previously envied in others. You'll forever stop fumbling for words, using them incorrectly, failing to understand, or, perhaps worst of all, remaining silent. With Verbal Advantage you will never again be at a loss for words, for you will:

    Add hundreds of new power words to your vocabulary. Develop clarity and variety in your speech. Learn how to correctly pronounce the most difficult words. Be certain you are using the right words every time. Learn effortlessly without classroom study or written tests. Obtain the key ingredient to personal and professional success.

    Verbal Advantage has been the top-selling vocabulary program in the world since 1985. A major benefit of the series is that listeners can pick up any volume, and begin the program in no particular order, to gain from Verbal Advantage. It's perfect for every age and occupation, including public speakers, business-people, students - and you! Start now and develop the confidence that comes with real word power, whether in business, school, or everyday conversation.
    ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic if you are serious about improving vocabulary
    This is the best vocabulary program on the market! It is will written, the words are fantastic, and Charles Elster's voice is great. This isn't just a laundry list of words in cute sentences to entertain you but a serious vocabulary building program. In addition to learning fantastic words, he also covers other ways to improve your writing and speaking.

    1-0 out of 5 stars WordSmart is so much better!
    I've tried myriad vocabulary-augmenting programs but I think that the best is the WordSmart computer program. Verbal advantage was really dull and took too long between each word. Plus it wastes time by going over words you already know. The WordSmart program was much more effective and efficient. My SAT score and vocabulary went way up! ... Read more


    8. LL Princeton Review Word Smart Junior
    by Julian Fleisher
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    Asin: 0609600141
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-17)
    Publisher: Living Language
    Sales Rank: 898706
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    Book Description

    Word Smart Junior: Build a Straight 'A' Vocabulary

    Based on the Parents' ChoiceAward-winning book

    Two 60-Minute Cassettes

    Now this is the way to add new words to your vocabulary! Word Smart Junior cassettes will make you laugh so much, you'll be amazed that you've just learned more than 120 fascinating and very useful words! Parents, teachers, and friends will marvel at your eloquence. And all you have to do is pop these cassettes into a tape player and listen up!
    Your hosts, Fred and Ginger, will introduce you to extraordinary characters, and you're sure to concur that a talking apple, a singing lizard, and a gifted cook can be a real boon to your vocabulary. Not only will you earn kudos (and good grades) as you learn new words without straining your brain, but you'll also be preparing for a test that is right around the corner, the SAT! (Maybe you've heard of it?)
    Based on the popular Princeton Review book, Word Smart Junior cassettes are designed for kids in grades 6 to 8. And if you want to sound even smarter, try Grammar Smart Junior cassettes, too. ... Read more


    9. Winning Vocabulary (Smart Tapes)
    by Margaret Bynum
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    Asin: 1556780508
    Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
    Publisher: Oasis Audio
    Sales Rank: 192391
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    10. Dynamic Vocabulary, Vol 2 : Learn in Your Car (Discovery Series)
    by Peter Funk, Mary Funk
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    Asin: 1560152109
    Catlog: Book (1993-07-01)
    Publisher: Penton Overseas
    Sales Rank: 705258
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A great way to keep learning while you drive
    I love the selection of words presented in this tape. I bought volume 2 as well. My only complaint is that I wish they would spend a bit more time on each word to help solidify it in your memory. I often have to rewind due to the relatively fast pace. But I guess you can always listen to it again. The words are presented in a conversational format between two people -- as if they were having a discussion over coffee. This helps maintain your interest. I recommend this for anyone interested in developing or maintaining a good vocabulary (and who spends too much time commuting to work). ... Read more


    11. The Princeton Review Word Smart II Audio Program: How to Build an Even More Educated Vocabulary
    by Adam Robinson, Julian Fleisher, Princeton Review
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 0517597616
    Catlog: Book (1994-01-18)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 337525
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    WORD SMART II (volumes five, six, seven, and eight)

    Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say about the first Word Smart audio vocabulary building program:

    "An engaging, supportive means of instruction... Just hearing words used conversationally makes them seem accessible and real. This lively production has broad appeal, suitable for high schoolers trying to boost their verbal SAT scores or for the business person who wants to add polish to presentations. The Princeton Review's overall approach is refreshing."

    The Word Smart II audio program takes up where Word Smart left off. Based on the best-selling Word Smart and Word Smart II books (more than 200,000 copies sold), this four-hour cassette course continues your education. Word Smart II introduces more words that people truly need to know to do well in school and in their careers.

    Word Smart II includes:

  • words grouped by subject
  • concise, accurate definitions
  • lively, humorous examples and stories to illustrate meanings
  • mnemonics (memory devices) ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good but a little annoying
    It teaches you over 200 new words that you can listen and learn. The dialog in the tape can be very annoying. I wish that the tape contains more word and less useless dialog. If you take out all the annoying dialogs in the tape, it will make 5-stars tape :)

    If you want to learn as much new words as you can in a short period of time, try Verbal Advantage (ISBN 1559276193).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent series - The Best!
    I have several vocabulary series tapes and Princeton Review is by far the best. I have retained 99% of all the words reviewed and each of the three different series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very well produced.
    I have a limited vocabulary and wanted to improve it for the purpose of improving my chances of getting a job as a firefighter. I believe that if I listen and practice using the words that the tapes present, I will be a better candidate. In the lines of work I have previously been accustomed too, I have not heard many of the words used. I only can speculate that if I want to improve my communication skills get my desire accross to my interviewers, I will have to increase my vocabulary. I feel that Word Smart can help me with this..... Oh what's the word? Endever? Well, I still have some work to do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I may be in Love with Julian Fleisher
    If you would like to increase your vocabulary, and be seduced at the same time, you really need to get this audio cassette collection. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not an overt seduction; it is just that I personally find Julian Fleisher's voice to be very attractive in a classy sort of way. If I were to name this program, I would call it WORD TITILATION.

    Lonnie Lee Best---END ... Read more


  • 12. Accent Reduction Made Easy : Learn in Your Car (Discovery Series)
    by Jane Wellborn
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 1560156600
    Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
    Publisher: Penton Overseas
    Sales Rank: 526469
    Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (8)

    2-0 out of 5 stars cheap stuff
    Author has an accent herself , Chinese to be precise. If you want to change your accent to Chinese just get the book! She does not pronounce well some vowels in series (diphthongs and triphthongs), so they are just swallowed. Also she is so focused on pronunciation of separate words that it is hard for her to express the intonation of the whole sentences. She has good English but one can expect more from the teacher.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Professor Wellborn!
    I HIGHLY recommend this accent reduction program. Great things do NOT happen overnight. IF you practice it over and over again, your English pronunciation will get better and better. It is very organized, and you can make your own back up editions of it. As an example, you can make a CD of just the vowel sounds, and another CD of those consonants that you personally find it "hard" to articulate or to pronounce. I suggest to put your CD player in shuffle mode, and to practice at least 30 minutes every day. If you PERSEVERE 30 minutes a day with your CD in shuffle mode, you will eventually, certainly, and strongly "hear and SAY the difference"!

    This is a supplemental learning aid. I also encourage the reader to feed their minds with their favorite topics in English to acquire vocabulary and to practice their pronunciation.

    Key Word: PERSEVERE!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, hard to practice
    I bought this audiotape along with many other accent reduction titles. This audio did help me confirm what I realize about my pronunciation. It makes sense to spend my driving time doing something more productive. However, I found it hard to practice without looking at the booklet (when I am driving).

    3-0 out of 5 stars Weak program
    Accent reduction needs more insightful advice than what is offered here. I didn't get much out of this program - just some drills that didn't seem to have much of a tie-in to anything of importance. I lost interest quickly and now think that I wasted my money. I highly recommend Sam Chwat's great work for accent reduction of regional American speech, Ann Cook's excellent program for learning the "music" of American speech (but watch out for her misguided advice on dropping consonants at the end of words - it will make you sound like a somewhat unpolished and mumbling American), and the living language series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Deal for The Busy Learner
    After years of studying and speaking English I thought that this is as good as it gets. When I bought this book I found myself learning the pronounciation of American English all over again.
    The neatly focused small sized book along with the tapes made it a great portable learing system.I do admit that you may need to go over the excercises in the book at home for the first couple of times. Then practice while driving by just listening and repeating. Eventually you will see the fruits in improvement of pronounciation ... Read more


    13. Vocab : Vocabulary Program/Audio Cassettes & Workbook
    by Bergen Evans
    list price: $69.95
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    Asin: 1555253660
    Catlog: Book (1989-09-01)
    Publisher: Nightingale Conant Corp (a)
    Sales Rank: 816668
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    14. ANGUISHED ENGLISH
    by Richard Lederer
    list price: $9.95
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    Asin: 067170172X
    Catlog: Book (1990-08-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 1271126
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest thing in print!
    This book makes regular appearences at our house every holiday. Sooner or later someone pulls it off the shelf and starts reading choice bits aloud, and shortly the whole room is rolling on the floor. It's great fun to read by yourself, but for best effect try reading aloud to someone. Our rule is that when someone can't complete a quote because they're laughing too hard, they pass the book to the next reader, and it's rare for one person to keep the book more than about five minutes. Especially recommended for pun lovers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Any book that makes me laugh THIS hard ...
    I picked this one up at Borders and started to read at ramdom. Within seconds I was laughing out loud right there in the book aisle. I had to buy it. When I read it at home, I had to do it in short hops because my stomach would hurt from laughing. It's a keeper. Definitely a great one for all who love our language - and having fun with it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great book
    great book by the father of high stakes poker pro howard lederer

    1-0 out of 5 stars More of the same
    This book was as disappointing as the author's other books I have tried to read. I seem to be continuously fooled by what these books seem to be, or what they cold have been, and am brought up short by what they actually are. In this case, a pedantic jaunt through junk e-mail type one-liners. I hold a college degree, studied English and creative writing, and am not illiterate, as another reviewer claims those who dislike this book must be. Perhaps my expectations are too high...a book should be entertaining?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Loads of Linguistic Levity
    Too often those of us who love the English Language put its lexicon up on a pedestal isolated from the world of irreverence or revelry. We view even the most good-natured mocking of it as a sacrilege. Richard Lederer has produced the perfect antidote to such sacrosanct pomposity with his laugh-out-loud collection of confused usage examples.

    The wise underlining message of this risible read is that the richness of out mother tongue is greatly enhanced by its propensity for malapropisms, mispronunciations, misspeaks, and the melange of other maladies that can and regularly do befall it.

    His chapter on rewritten history--a compilation of actual student papers' errors--reads like a much more amusing version of the revisionist rants that get taught in too many public schools these days. Lines such as "The Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrim's Progress...Many people died and many babies were born; Captain John Smith were responsible for all this" should rightly make us shutter when found in a post-modern textbook, but merely cause guffaws when taken from student essays.

    While much can be lost in translation, priceless gems can sometimes be found in inter-linguistic exchanges as this gallimaufry of goofs from other languages amply proves. Cited nuggets include a Roman laundry that blatantly announced, "ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time," or the French hotel--presumably a hangout for swingers--that requests all guests, "please leave your values at the front desk." None seem to top the Japanese motel tailor-made for former President Clinton advising all visitors that "you are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid."

    Perhaps no aspect of our revered English is as hallowed as the rules of grammar. Violating certain principles (What do yous guys want?) earn automatic and well-deserved odium. Yet even among these dogmatic deficiencies, Mr. Lederer found fodder for merriment. Sometimes the ambiguity of a pronoun can have an unintended, but uproarious impact on the perceived meaning of a sentence. Authentic selections include, "according to the report, a vehicle struck the mailbox as it attempted to get back on the roadway." Pity that the mailbox was so slow moving. Regarding ravenous politicians, we read "after Governor Baldwin watched the lion perform he was taken to Main Street and fed 25 pound of raw meat." Spelling errors and wrong words often go undetected, but in certain instances they can truly change a sentence's intended message. The book quotes an article that read, "during peek season the beach is covered with hundreds of bikini-clad beauties;" people are probably "peeking' during all seasons. Bug spray would be a minor concern to a garden where "the pistol of a flower is the only protection against insects," and it's best to have a holiday dinner out when one hears that "on Thanksgiving morning we could smell the foul cooking."

    The referenced items above are random choices representative of the many inadvertently funny linguistic mistakes that comprise this rousing work. After finishing "Anguished English" readers should have a duplicitous glow--one part for the mirth that always stimulates a tired soul and the other a renewed respect for our glorious English--a majestic language that is not afraid to laugh at itself. ... Read more


    15. Tagalog (Filipino)/English: Level 1: VocabuLearn: Original Format
    by Not Applicable (Na )
    list price: $15.95
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    Asin: 0939001845
    Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
    Publisher: Penton Overseas
    Sales Rank: 694269
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A good aide for English & Tagalog speakers.
    Vocabulearn Tagalog comes with two audio-cassette tapes and a booklet. What you will hear is the voice of the English speaker and then the Tagalog one. The sections mostly contain one words, however there are sections devoted to short phrases. One drawback to this is that somewhere in the tape, the voices change order and that make things really confusing. Keep in mind that you cannot learn the language alone with this, but this should supplement your studies. ... Read more


    16. Verbal Advantage: Volume 1
    list price: $17.95
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    Asin: 1559275057
    Catlog: Book (1998-05-15)
    Publisher: Audio Renaissance
    Sales Rank: 310807
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    A strong command of the English language is directly linked to career advancement, your income, your social status, and success. Now, by mastering Volume 7 and Volume 8 of the Verbal Advantage program, you'll continue the journey that will lead you to joining the elite segment of society that enjoys the highest levels of professional and personal achievement.

    By adding new words to your vocabulary, you'll win the admiration of friends, peers, and colleagues. You'll come to possess the word power you previously envied in others. You'll forever stop fumbling for words, using them incorrectly, failing to understand, or, perhaps worst of all, remaining silent. With Verbal Advantage you will never again be at a loss for words, for you will:

    Add hundreds of new power words to your vocabulary. Develop clarity and variety in your speech. Learn how to correctly pronounce the most difficult words. Be certain you are using the right words every time. Learn effortlessly without classroom study or written tests. Obtain the key ingredient to personal and professional success.

    Verbal Advantage has been the top-selling vocabulary program in the world since 1985. A major benefit of the series is that listeners can pick up any volume, and begin the program in no particular order, to gain from Verbal Advantage. It's perfect for every age and occupation, including public speakers, business-people, students - and you! Start now and develop the confidence that comes with real word power, whether in business, school, or everyday conversation.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Education Value
    These tapes are the most interesting educational tapes I have ever listened to. Mr Elster does much more than read from the dictionary. He gives you the correct pronunciation, correct usage, and the etymology of many of the words. The tapes are excellently produced and should be mandatory for all college freshman. If you want to open up a whole new world to yourself listen to these tapes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Reading from dictionary
    From their advertisement pitch ("a program that feeds words effortlessly into your memory... you'll be able to use hundreds of new words in hours..."), one would think that they'd used some cutting edge psychology techniques (such as NLP, conditioning, etc) to aid your learning. But you'll be disappointed when you discover that the author did little more than reading from the dictionary.

    Here's the format for every word on the tape: 1) author reads the vocabulary 2) he spells it 3) reads the definition and sometimes the origin of the word 4) reads the synonyms and sometimes antonyms (which he did not bother to spell. So if you didn't know the synonyms to being with, you can't even look them up in a dictionary) 5) often he gives some example of usage.

    With exception of #5 above, there's nothing you can't get from reading the dictionary like Rain Man does. At least, when you read from a dictionary, you don't have to keep rewinding the damn thing to catch the synonyms you missed.

    Each verbal advantage set comes with 2 tapes. The author spent half of the 1st tape introducing the program, telling you why you should learn vocabularies. He then spent half of the 2nd tape explaining how to read from a dictionary. Okay, so you say "I don't know why I should learn more words and I never used a dictionary before." You'll be surprised when you open Verbal Advantage level 2, and discovers the EXACT same repetition of the introduction and how to read dictionaries.

    You might learn a lot of other things from these tapes... but you definitely will not learn a lot of new words.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good vocab learning
    The author is very excited about his love of vocabulary and a person's vocabulary having an effect on their success. This helps to motivate you along with the host of new words you'll learn. The exercises are good but there could be more of them. Overall, its very informative and a worth the cost. ... Read more


    17. KAPLAN WORD POWER: ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR BUILDING A : Vocabulary Building for Success
    by Kaplan
    list price: $12.00
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    Asin: 0671576496
    Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 653968
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Be at a Loss for Words Again!
    Out of seven word power cassettes I bought, this audio book is the best. It starts off elementary level and quickly goes to collegiate level. I was astounded by the way the book is organized. The material is presented in such a way you WILL learn it. Since the words you use say a lot about who you are and where you're headed, I fully recommend this book!

    Whether you want to express yourself clearly to impress a prospective employer during a job interview, take an entrance test, or just brush up on those pesky words you encounter every so often reading the newspaper, Kaplan Word Power® is the essential tool to help you expand your daily vocabulary.

    In this audio book, you will energize Your Vocabulary with must-know everyday words that are the essentials of a good vocabulary! You'll also receive engaging lessons to help you utilize words in context, "hot" words often found on standardized tests like the SAT and GRE, and tips to help you figure out new words, roots, and more!

    This book is the best. Get this audio book. You won't be sorry!

    1-0 out of 5 stars elementary, boring, unorganized, not worth buying
    Of all the vocabulary building audio cassettes that I bought, Kaplan Word Power is absolutely the worst. It not only is unorganized, but it also assumes that you have a junior high level education. The first 15 minute of this 60 minute cassette is wasted on a boring outline of the rest of the cassette material. I couldn't believe that I actually listened to the entire tape filled with crap such as "Do you know what prefix and suffix are?" "Do you know good methods to memorizing new words?" "Do you know that many words have multiple meanings?" After 5 minutes listening to the tape, you will also realized that this cassette is 100% trash.

    I have bought Princeton Word Smart, Princeton Word Smart Genius, Word Builder, and others, and all of them are superior over Kaplan's Word Power. If possible, I would not hesitate giving this cassette negative stars. ... Read more


    18. Webster's New World Power Vocabulary Vol IV : "From Apposite to Zenith, A Dynamic New System For Increasing Your Vocabulary Skills!"
    by Elizabeth Morse-cluley
    list price: $5.98
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    Asin: 0671044419
    Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 1102907
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    Book Description

    You can gain the word power you need to succeed in school, on the job and in life. And you can do it quickly, easily, and effectively with this entertaining new vocabulary builder. Here are proven strategies for improving your command of English expression. ... Read more


    19. Wordbuilders Boxed Set
    by Bantam Doubleday Dell
    list price: $25.95
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    Asin: 0553479113
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-05)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 526666
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Wordbuilders is the convenient way to build a more powerful vocabulary. Each 60-minute cassette in the series features forty words used in everyday conversation or in the media and books, but which many people skip, finding them difficult, or even impossible, to define or pronounce accurately. Using highly effective mnemonic devices, captivating dramatized vignettes, and a variety of exercises to aid retention, each Wordbuilders program teaches you how to pronounce, define, and use a new selection of common but hard-to-use words. Each tape package includes a wallet-size card bearing the words, their definitions, and a pronunciation key for quick, easy reference anytime, anywhere.

    The Wordbuilders tapes are great for business people, students, public speakers, and word lovers everywhere. They'll help you build the confidence that comes with real word power--whether in business, in school or in daily conversation. Join the Wordbuilders tradition of enjoyable learning! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It helps
    this book provides much help to all learners out there. So, do not hesitate....Try it now!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It helps
    This book provides much help to all learners out there. I used it, and it works! ... Read more


    20. Danish/English: Level 2: VocabuLearn: Original Format
    by Not Applicable (Na )
    list price: $15.95
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    Asin: 0939001489
    Catlog: Book (1989-11-01)
    Publisher: Penton Overseas
    Sales Rank: 1031467
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Course
    This course is great. I really improved my Danish and just got back from a great trip to Denmark. The Level 1 is more basic, but gives you a nice foundation. Level 2 is even better though. This course won't make you fluent, but it will really help you learn some essential words and phrases. In other words, if you work through this course (i.e. listen patiently to the words and their pronunciation), you will come away speaking Danish. ... Read more


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