Instant Vocabulary マスマーケット – 1998/12/1
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LEARNING NEW WORDS IS AS EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE!
RECOGNIZE the keys to the English language, the basic units from which all words are made
FOLLOW clear examples of how the key explains a word's origin and meaning -- or how it combines with other keys to create new words
BUILD your word power with practical exercises to expand and integrate your knowledge, without memorization
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Ida Ehrlich is the author of Instant Vocabulary.
The author introduces the keys in often witty and informational text. Very nice. I like to get a little back story or understand how the spelling got a little tweak based on the Latin root.
However, in my edition at least, it became evident that some keys got moved around. Not only were references made to keys I'd seen before (but hadn't), there were some instances in the practice where I was supposed to come up with a word for a key that hadn't been introduced. So Keys definitely got rearranged without careful attention to ensuring that the Key intros and/or practice didn't refer to words/keys not already introduced.
In that same vein, the index in the back often led to the wrong page when you tried to look up a key word to see where it was used in the book. So that was pretty much useless to me. I thumbed back through to look up a key when I felt I needed a refresher.
I liked that every now and then that the practice would be a key review where you had to match the key up with the meaning. The practices where you had to come up with a word you'd seen before also forced you to review your keys in a more subtle way.
Other than the indexing fail and the slightly annoying references to keys not yet introduced (which, as the book progressed obviously became less frequent), I enjoyed this learning tool and recommend it to anyone wanting to build their or their child's vocabulary.
Many who have received this from me have excelled in the language side of many entrants / evaluation exams like SAT / TOFEL / CAT / GMAT etc. I have distributed at least 50 books to friends and family.