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Word Power Made Easy

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Word Power Made Easy is a comprehensive vocabulary‑building system created by legendary grammarian Norman Lewis that provides a simple, step‑by‑step method to increase your knowledge and mastery of the English language.

Word Power Made Easy is the best and quickest means to a better vocabulary in the English language. As you complete the exerci...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published February 15th 1991 by Pocket Books (first published May 28th 1968)
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Daisy Holtel
"A new word is not just another pattern of syllables with which to clutter you mind --A new word is a new idea to help you think, to help you understand the thoughts of others, to help you express your own thoughts, to help you live a richer intellectual life." pg. 141

I immensely enjoyed this book. It is a interesting read on its own, as well as a reference guide and a grammatical aid. It will sit next to my dictionary for a long time and will be used frequently. It is a perfect tool for someone...more
An excellent book on improving your vocabulary. I've just bought another one recently, '1500 words in 15 minutes at day', and haven't started it to see how they compare. 'Word Power made easy' was broken up into categories based on what you might require. Each category revolved around a central theme which helped to hold everything together when learning.
Apart from introducing new words, defining them and using them with other inter-connected words, there were also useful information on the ori...more
Jaasindah R Mir
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I didn’t have any exposure to vocabulary building books before I decided to pick Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. Why I decided to pick this book is a reason very simple. I saw it in the best sellers list on Flipkart every time I checked the said page on the site. I wanted to see what was so good about the book that made it sell in a bigger quantity than Paulo Coelho’s books (For me he is the author everybody should re...more
Jan 01, 2013 Tushar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students,Academia,Professionals,Newbies
This is one of the better vocabulary builders that you are ever likely to find. Instead of being banal and boring, the book approaches vocabulary building with an entirely different approach. It introduces a word and consequently its root, and then builds up a luxuriant number of words over the same and hence acquaints you with them in no time. The book also focuses a lot on revision of the words and this is what makes it a complete vocabulary book. And the very fact that this is the most covete...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
A wonderful book!! Bible to those who want to learn vocab!! Its more of an exercise oriented than theory!! A very good experience!! After completing the book, I felt very confident in replacing many words with its thesaurus!!

I recommend for everyone to go through this and practice well for improving your language!!

Did this while preparing for my GRE and it was very much helpful!!
Norman Lewis knows how to teach vocabulary in a way that helps new words stick. In Word Power Made Easy, he does this in several ways:

1. New words are divided into thematic chapters that make it easy to draw connections between the words.

Some chapters are straightforward and closely connected, like "How to Talk About Doctors" or "How to Talk About Science and Scientists." Others are based on a part of speech, like verbs, as in "How to Talk About Actions" and "How to Talk About What Goes On." An...more
Great book for to build one's vocabulary , It provides reader with a Idea related to a word , a memoir related to that word so that person could attach to that and word remained instilled in his/her mind . It tells the origin and relation of words like 'Bibliophile' , Its made from Latin word biblio for books and Latin verb philein , to write . It guides about a society of words "like words to insult one's enemy' or 'word's to talk about people' or 'words to talk about doctors' etc . One can bec...more
This book by Norman Lewis is the first step for a scholar to start the journey of building a good vocabulary. New words are explained with easy steps and the exercises in the end of each chapter help the reader to test himself before moving further.

This was the first book I picked with the sole intention of learning some new words for the sake of it. :)
Amanda L
A pragmatic approach to building vocabulary, organized according to common topics of conversation (albeit dated at 1949 when originally published). Includes a how-to for assessing your present vocabulary at the onset. Almost entertaining (how to topics include how to talk about personality types, doctors, liars and lying, speech habits, enemies, how to flatter friends, how to talk about complex ideas, attitudes, etc). Brief with respect to etymology/roots. Helpful for pronunciation, with compari...more
The best in the vocab building genre. The foundation course for all future vocab books. The approach to etymology and the emphasis on its significance is superb.

Not for the reader who wants to learn a quick word or 2. I should like to quote the first 2 lines of the book:

"Dont read this book...This book is not for reading!!!"
Vijay Kumar
May 15, 2013 Vijay Kumar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Vijay by: Just got from footpath seller in Mumbai, India
The very best book to develop and improve our vocabulary. This book systematically teaches us about word roots, its origin, derivations, etc. A must-have reference book for students, professionals, literary personnel, etc. This book helped me, who not a native English speaker, to excel in my communications, both oral & written.
Ashish Sharma
Great book that completely solves the purpose of improving English vocabulary. This book also provides great insights into the English language like word roots, some special exceptions and lots of other interesting things.

I would recommend that if you are interested in vocabulary building then please own a copy of this one.
I recommend this book frequently; it's been around for a long time, and it's still the best book on vocabulary written. I worked through the exercises and tests when I was in ninth grade; the chapters are thematic, and the emphasis on word roots is integrated nicely.
This was a great vocabulary book, one of my favorites so far. The roots to the words really helped me learn them. I really liked it when the word had a story or history behind it. I don't remember all the words from this book, but I came away having a much larger vocabulary.
Jeremy S.
titled like a gimmick, but I've gotten 3 copies so far. lessons are separated into 15+ minute-a-day segments, with each segment being divided between reading a dose of Etymology followed by a series of word-problem tests.

the liberal use of Etymology mixed with sound, proven memory tests has worked very well for me and what keeps me buying more editions.

I work through one every time I feel I need to refresh.

this has not only vastly expanded my lexicon, but the Etymology mixed in reinforces unde...more
READ THIS!!! great for enhancing vocabulary and etymology skills
Hannah Frailey
Best vocabulary book ever!
Jatin Sethi
Jul 12, 2014 Jatin Sethi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to Jatin by: Ankush Chabra
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!

Really nice way making readers understand the concept. Go for it!!
I got this on table of my boss and read this book on every weekends. Norman has well explained pronunciation, trick and ways to master your vocabulary. Book Title matches the stuff in it. A very good book
This is a great book for building vocabulary. A must-have for students preparing for competitive exams which test language skills. This book is easy to read and is divided into a number of sections which test your vocabulary as well as grammar. Also has a wide range of Synonyms, Antonyms, Paronyms, Idioms and special phrases. The comprehensive tests given in the book are a tad bit difficult but if you read the book thoroughly, you will be able to solve them.
Grab a copy soon if you want to improv...more
James Violand
Jul 01, 2014 James Violand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
It's been a while since I read this, but the importance of word choice in speaking leaves an impression second to none. If you are educated - speak properly.
Feb 22, 2014 Saurabh marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Vibhor sen
a great book for etymology and it helps in building vocabulary however not perfect for it but will do good.
Ratnesh Madaan
The book I have underestimating from times immemorial is bad ass. Go for it.
its like a dictionary ugggg was no help at all
What a great way to get back to expanding my vocabulary. Recently I had noticed that my verbal prowess was diminishing. This book has helped me with my Latin etymology and usage so that I'm remembering (or learning for the first time) what the difference is between ophthalmologist, optometrist, and optician. And also to remember how to spell them correctly. This book is helping me to avoid those "red flags of illiteracy," as my mother calls them. (This is my bathroom reader and it helps me learn...more
Tnahsin Garg
It was a book I guess I read at the right time of my life, and it helped a ton. But damn, don't remember which year I read it in!
Sabah Mallick
Jun 17, 2014 Sabah Mallick is currently reading it
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After reading the book, no doubt my vocabulary has tremendously increased. Earlier if I faced an unfamiliar word, I would look up its meaning. But, that process was not very efficient as I forgot those words eventually. Word power made easy provides enough revision and since you also learn the derivation and the origin of each word, its hard to forget the words. Now, when I read any book, I see more familiar words and I can better guess the meanings of new words correctly due to the familiarity...more
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