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Word Smart, Genius Edition

Building a Phenomenal Vocabulary
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
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Do you have a proclivity for using sesquipedalian words? Has your prose become ossified because you haven't augmented your vocabulary lately? Here's the perfect, pedagogical solution. Word Smart, Genius Edition teaches more than 150 of the most captivating and challenging words in the English language.  

Perfect for professionals, college students, wordmongers, crossword puzzle devotees, and just plain show-offs, Word Smart, Genius Edition informs and instructs in a uniquely entertaining way. And because this is an audio program, you won't have to wonder about correct pronunciation or embarrass yourself when you try to impress others with your growing linguistic mastery.

This program features concise, accurate definitions; great examples and stories that teach words in context; and mnemonics to make it all stick.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©1997 by TPR Publishing Co., Inc. (P)1997 by TPR Publishing Co., Inc.

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"An engaging, supportive means of instruction...this lively production has broad appeal. The Princeton Review's overall approach is refreshing." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great way to increase vocabulary

Although many of these words won't be used in daily conversation, the definitions of these words has been helpful in listening to or reading books, as I have come across many of these words in various books. (Did the authors of those books listen to this book?) The conversational style is just superfluous at times but overall the readers do a great job at reinforcing the definitions. I was able to remember definitions upon hearing the words months after listening to this book.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining way to build your vocabulary.

The system they've got for stamping the words on your brain is effective- I learned more than a couple five dollar words that I'm sure I'll never forget. The banter between the hosts is funny, albeit sometimes a bit tiring. One glaring problem, I think, is that they never spell the words they're imparting. On some of the words, it's unclear exactly what the words looks like- "be" or "de", for example- and just a quick spelling would have been extremely helpful. Overall, though, a fun way to learn a thing or two.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • arika
  • scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 07-18-13

no pdf!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I need to see how words are spelled to thoroughly learn new ones and this audio has no pdf companion, so it wasn't that worthwhile.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Austin
  • Providence, RI, USA
  • 10-22-07

First rate

This is an entertaining way to learn your vocabulary! I'm studying for the GRE. Not all the words seem to be GRE words, but maybe 75% are. In any case, these two are funny and smart and make learning these words a LOT more fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Xueshu
  • Sycamore, IL, USA
  • 12-06-03

The Best Human Effort

This is one of the best of hundreds of books in English that I've ever listened since I came to the U. S 19 years ago.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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it’s good but no pdf included

Should include word spelling !!
Otherwise very interactive and helpful for a greater range of word understanding.

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Brilliant performance!

Thankfully, the performance of the Living Language team is extremely clever and skillful. So instead of dozing off during listening to the audio, my brain is busy reviewing and storing memories.

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Learn while you drive!

What made the experience of listening to Word Smart, Genius Edition the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed learning new words. The narrators were pretty silly at times, but it helped make learning vocabulary words a little less pretentious and more fun. Repetition of hearing the definition and use in sentences did help.

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The narrator have made a boring exercise of mugging up words into a fun play.
They have divided group of words into categories and played them out in an easy to understand wordplay.