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Masterful Words [Hardcover]

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"Masterful Words" is designed to impart better communication skills as a result of a greatly expanded vocabulary. The first part illustrates how the interchangeability of word parts, e.g., prefixes, can determine the meanings of words. Examples: benevolent and malevolent; and in the case of suffixes, xenophile and xenophobe.

Part II, the main section, shows the relationship between old words, usually Latin or Greek, plus others, and their modern English derivatives. More importantly, the comparisons of the old meanings with the new ones illustrate why our words have their meanings, in most cases. The alphabetically listed words and their definitions from standard reference sources appear on alternate pages. On the reverse side of each page are sample sentences of the same words which illustrate the practical use of each word, usually in interesting situations.

Periodic quizzes are designed to assure that every word is fully understood. For certain selected words there is a pronunciation guide at the end of the text.

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.24"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN  1931741069  
ISBN13  9781931741064  

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More About John Eshleman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Eshleman is a world traveler and language expert. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco, he has visited Europe nine times and has been to New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and Alaska. He studied the French language and culture intensively in both the U.S. and Angers, France and worked for many years with Latin and Greek in his profession as a pharmacist. He resides with his wife, Kathryn, in Monte Sereno, California.

John Eshleman currently resides in Monte Sereno, in the state of California.

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Essential for Verbal S.A.T. Preparation  Mar 31, 2003
As a tutor for S.A.T. preparation, I find John Eshleman's "Masterful Words" a must.
Not only is itessential for S.A.T. preparation,
but no college preparatory student should be
without it. The book clearly explains
the relationship between words, along with
their definitions, in a highly amusing tone.
The quizzes that appear periodically
are a bonus to students and teachers.
This book should be on the desk of
every lover of words, English teacher, and
high school(college prep)and college student.
Secret code book for our language  Mar 17, 2003
Like a secret code book for our language, Masterful Words reveals common building blocks of the words we see everyday. Some prefixes and suffixes I remember from studying for the SAT. Others I know from engineering and computer science. But most are pleasant surprises. They hide in familiar words, so their meanings makes perfect sense...once Eshleman presents them so clearly. Now, I see those building blocks everywhere and know the meanings of many more words. This is the Rosetta stone of modern English for the otherwise well educated person.
I Really Enjoyed "Masterful Words"  Feb 27, 2003
The secret of "Masterful Words" is its readability. A good dictionary or thesaurus might contain similar material, but it would lack the sheer page-turning readability of this book. If you find that you can't put it down and read it to the end you will end up a significantly increased vocabulary plus a historical grasp of words and their pronunciation, which many similar works omit.

I think this book should be on your desk if you are a writer or a speechmaker.


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