30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Dr. Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis
This happened to be one of those books where the tide intrigued me enough to skim through it, and I found it interesting enough to want to read. What a pleasant surprise it was!
Inside was an assessment test to gauge how good my vocabulary was (average) and then actual daily lessons on how to increase my vocabulary. Each day I would commit 20-30 minutes to the material. I learned how to break down words to their Greek or Latin roots, which would give me a deeper understanding of the definitions and how to use the words properly.
My favorite part was how the authors painted this picture of how important it is to communicate concisely and effectively, and to do that, you have to have a great vocabulary. It instilled in me the habit of looking words up in a dictionary, pronouncing them out loud, and mentally using them in sentences so that I would be more likely to understand and remember them. Before, when I came across words that seemed unfamiliar, I would continue reading and try to figure out the meaning as I went down the paragraph. Because of this book though, I now want to look up words to get their precise meanings. I would like to be a good communicator, and to do that I need to constantly improve my vocabularyPurchase The Book