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    Default Improving one's Vocabulary, Grammar and Spelling?

    I have a desire to improve my current vocabulary, grammar and spelling. Can anyone recommend some books, software or flash cards specifically catered to these items? I've tried using a dictionary alongside my reading material, but I always enter into a more and more distracted state from each interruption. Thanks!
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    I used to tutor for the SAT, and a good SAT prep book will have an excellent vocabulary section.

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    It might sound corny, but it will help with vocabulary. Subscribe to a Word Of The Day website

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    Sesame Street works pretty well, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natrushka View Post
    It might sound corny, but it will help with vocabulary. Subscribe to a Word Of The Day website
    I used to do that. It works. Watching debates or discussion groups involving academics can be a really good way. Especially if it's recorded. Always helps me to get the feel and context of the word right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FMWarner View Post
    I used to tutor for the SAT, and a good SAT prep book will have an excellent vocabulary section.
    Any particular favourites? Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    Sesame Street works pretty well, too.
    I know, it taught me how pronounce Z the correct way, like Zed.

    Quote Originally Posted by darlets View Post
    I used to do that. It works. Watching debates or discussion groups involving academics can be a really good way. Especially if it's recorded. Always helps me to get the feel and context of the word right.
    Hmmm, I'll have to check out some academia videos. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Natrushka View Post
    It might sound corny, but it will help with vocabulary. Subscribe to a Word Of The Day website
    Done. I'm now subscribed to Oxford's dictionary. Thanks!

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    You should consider subcribing to a news paper with a high literacy rate.

    I know, that is so 20th century.

    Just think about it. NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.
    They deliver nationally.

    Also, you can cheat and get -several- "word a day" things.
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    There is also an embarrassing wealth of podcasts available.

    Such as:
    Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
    Idiotvox - Just Vocabulary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post
    You should consider subcribing to a news paper with a high literacy rate.

    I know, that is so 20th century.

    Just think about it. NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.
    They deliver nationally.

    Also, you can cheat and get -several- "word a day" things.
    Don't tell anyone that I said anything. Shhhhh


    There is also an embarrassing wealth of podcasts available.

    Such as:
    Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
    Idiotvox - Just Vocabulary
    Excellent! I'll have to check those out!

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    I recommend Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. It's a short, easy read.
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