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of useful words in your vocabulary, you’ll send more interesting IMs and text
messages to friends, write wonderful thank you notes to relatives, and get a
better job (and keep it) when you start working!
This book is designed to help you build word power in an easy, efﬁcient
way. If you invest just 15 minutes a day with this book, you’ll increase your word
power dramatically. You will have acquired hundreds of new words to use at
school, at home, with friends, and anywhere else for the rest of your life!
Here’s how it works: The book is divided into 30 lessons. Each lesson
requires you to spend just 15 minutes learning new words and doing simple
exercises to cement those words in your vocabulary. So your word power
increases every day, and, if you keep on schedule, you’ll have added several
new words to your vocabulary by the end of the month!
Time to get started. Today is the ﬁrst day of your vocabulary power-up.
You’ll ﬁnd that building word muscle isn’t such hard work—and it can actu-
ally be lots of fun!
HOW THIS BOO K WILL INCREA SE YOUR WORD P OWER
Think of this book as a vocabulary savings bank: with each lesson, you add to
your word power and get richer. And as you do this, you earn interest on your
investment for the future. Once you learn a word, you almost never forget it.
It gets ﬁled in your word bank account—your brain—and is available for you
to use the rest of your life!
The book is divided into four sections designed to build word power in
various ways. Each of the 30 lessons focuses on a speciﬁc vocabulary skill or
family of words.
Section 1: Tools for Building Word Power. In these ﬁrst nine lessons,
you’ll review word roots and common preﬁxes and sufﬁxes (word beginnings
and endings), and gain tricks and techniques for learning new words.
Section 2: Use Different Parts of Speech to Increase Word Power. These
lessons help you build an inventory of useful nouns, verbs, adjectives, and
adverbs to make your writing and speaking more powerful.
Section 3: Build Word Power in All Subject Areas. Think of a part of
your life that interests you, and ﬁnd ways to increase your word power on the
Section 4: Build Word Power in Special Ways. The final section of the
book covers ways to use slang, foreign phrases, and confusing and extra
fancy words to beef up your vocabulary and become an extremely power-