What are the best vocabulary skills books?

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    #1Improving Vocabulary Skills

    Improving Vocabulary Skills
    This book Introduces 300 essential words and word parts that are needed for general reading comprehension in high school and college.

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    Joshua Robertson
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "This book is a life saver for learning vocabulary skills, and without it, I would have been at a severe disadvantage. I think this book really helped me learn how to pick better words to express my feelings in a given situation, and I was able to speak to my friends, colleagues and family with confidence. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to improve their vocabulary skills. "
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    #2Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder

    Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder
    This edition is designed not only to add hundreds of useful new words to a student's permanent working vocabulary but also to teach the most common and useful Greek and Latin word-building roots to help students understand and master additional vocabulary in the future.

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    Leonardo Mata
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "I have a pretty decent vocabulary as it is, but I am always looking for ways to bolster my vocabulary and add a bit to my overall depth of words used. Being in the profession of writing I find it very important to find new and interesting words to use that can help me to better illustrate the ideas I am trying to convey on paper. In search of a cheap and effective option to do just that I stumbled upon Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder and fell in love with it. The book itself contains more than three thousand five hundred words and you can also find the roots of the words so you can learn a bit more about their origin. It also provides internal quizzes to test your understand of the new vocabulary words and their roots which was very helpful for me. I like the fact that I can look through it and find a word I am looking for in a snap to describe something happening in my writing with no trouble at all. Adding this extra vocabulary to my work has really helped it stand apart from others. "
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    #3Verbal Advantage: 10 Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary

    Verbal Advantage: 10 Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary
    Verbal Advantage provides a complete learning experience, with clear explanations of meanings, word histories, usages, pronunciation, and more.

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    Russell Nguyen
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "I have always wanted to write but life happened. After being out of school for decades and raising children and dead end jobs, I finally decided it was time to fulfill a dream and write a book. However, when I sat down to write I realized that my vocab is not what it used to be. That's when I found Verbal Advantage: 10 steps to a Powerful Vocabulary. This book has helped me boost my vocab and drastically improve my writing, in a very short time. It's a resource that I will always keep close at hand!"
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    #41100 Words You Need to Know

    1100 Words You Need to Know
    A new sixth edition of 1100 Words You Need to Know  has been expanded and updated with more Word lists and definitions Analogy exercises Words-in-context exercises.

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    Ao Zou
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "1100 Words You Need to Know is a good idea in concept, but is executed poorly. It seems like the publishers tried to cheap out as much as possible on the quality of the pages, which tend to rip and tear easily. Furthermore, the words that they teach don't have a full definition to help understand the meaning of the word. It just shows example sentences, expecting you to know what all the words mean right off the back."
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    #5Word Power Made Easy

    Word Power Made Easy
    Word Power Made Easy does more than just add words to your vocabulary. It teaches ideas and a method of broadening your knowledge as an integral part of the vocabulary building process.

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    David Watkins
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "My daughter's language arts teacher recommended this book for her students and it has helped my daughter become a better writer. It has helped her to learn new words in an interesting way rather than just memorize them. She could improve her overall writing skills too. "
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    #6The Right Word!: How to Say What You Really Mean

    The Right Word!: How to Say What You Really Mean
    This handy guide provides an A-to-Z listing of troublesome, confusing words, accompanied by clear examples and explanations to help avoid common mistakes.

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    Shreyas Dasgupta
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "The right word was an eye-opener for me. This is a great reference and tool, but also has great tips and tricks to help you out in day to day conversation and writing. I have expanded my vocabulary with the help and continue to work on skills."
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    WordZo is a collection of interesting short stories. For the ease of consumption, the book is sliced into sections that hold a bunch of similar, connected words and their original root word and the story to it.

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    Sharon Gibson
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "Wordzo is a great short story collection that is good for learning vocabulary skills. It is set up in a way that helps learn root words. The stories are about words and it really helps non native speakers learn the language. "
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    #8Why Do We Say It?

    Why Do We Say It?

    Why Do We Say It? by Castle Books is a nonfiction reference book that offers intriguing origins of hundred of unusual words and expressions we usually use everyday, arranged in alphabetical order.


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    Zhu Long
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Knowing the background story behind idioms, expressions and colloquialisms can be very fun and entertaining. It can also help you to use the expressions better or in interesting ways. This book has not been helpful to me in any of these things. The explanation of the expressions, etc., provided by this book is too shallow to be useful. Maybe rather than including all of the expressions, the author (who is...?), could have provided fewer expressions with greater depth of background information. "
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    #9The Book of Useless Information

    The Book of Useless Information
    The Book of Useless Information is a nonfiction reference book written by Noel Botham is an astounding collection of mind-boggling and seemingly inconsequential findings, perfect for trivia lovers.

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    Billy Garcia
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Book of Useless Information is a great vocabulary skills book. It's fun to read and easy to follow. The information is a hoot and having fun while reading is a great experience."
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    #10With a Pinch of Salt

    With a Pinch of Salt
    With a Pinch of Salt is a reference book written by Nick Bates that offers a collection of some of the famous nautical sayings together with their origin creatively expressed with humor.


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    Ralph Munoz
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I was looking for a more general vocabulary building book and this one was all focused on nautical expressions and stories. It could be a fun read, or a great coffee table book, but I didn't see "With a Pinch of Salt" being useful or helpful in working towards my goal of being a better writer and communicator."


Best What are the best vocabulary skills books
1Improving Vocabulary SkillsBooks 8 Paid
2Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary BuilderBooks 8 Paid
3Verbal Advantage: 10 Steps to a Powerful VocabularyBooks 6 Paid
41100 Words You Need to KnowBooks 6 Paid
5Word Power Made EasyBooks 4 Paid
6The Right Word!: How to Say What You Really MeanBooks 3 Paid
7WordzoBooks 1 Paid
8Why Do We Say It?Books 0 Paid
9The Book of Useless InformationBooks 0 Paid
10With a Pinch of SaltBooks 0 Paid

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