Resources

Books:

Word Power Made Easy
by Norman Lewis

All about Words
by Maxwell Nurnberg and Morris Rosenblum 

How to Build a Better Vocabulary
by Maxwell Nurnberg and Morris Rosenblum 

The Joy of Vocabulary
by Harold Levine, Norman Levine, et al.

Six Weeks to Words of Power
by Wilfred Funk

English Vocabulary in Use Advanced
by Mccarthy

A Word A Day
by Anu Garg

Another Word A Day
by Anu Garg

Dictionaries:

#1 https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

Cambridge dictionary is my favourite dictionary. It gives the definition of a word in the simplest words possible.

#2 https://www.merriam-webster.com/

Merriam Webster is one of the best dictionaries. Merriam-Webster has been America’s leading and most-trusted provider of language information.

#3 https://www.vocabulary.com/

Vocabulary.com is more than a dictionary. Lookup a word, and you’ll read a friendly explanation that you’ll actually remember. It’s as if your favourite teacher were explaining it to you.

#4 https://www.dictionary.com/

Dictionary.com is another great dictionary and also one of my favourites. Besides the dictionary, it has many other features like Word of the Day and Thesaurus.

#5 https://www.etymonline.com/

It’s a dictionary of etymology. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.

#6 https://mnemonicdictionary.com/

As the name suggests, it gives Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for the words.

#7 https://wordinfo.info/

A Dictionary of English Vocabulary Words Derived Primarily from Latin and Greek Sources, Presented Individually and in Family Units.

Apps:

Vocab.com

Knudge.me

Word of the day:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day

https://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-day/

https://wordsmith.org/words/today.html

https://www.nytimes.com/column/learning-word-of-the-day

Word of the week:

https://www.publicationcoach.com/category/word-of-the-week/

Youtube Playlists:

Manhattan GRE Vocabulary
Magoosh Vocabulary Wednesdays
NutSpace Vocabulary for Entrance Exams

Miscellaneous:

Words and Their Stories (https://learningenglish.voanews.com/z/987)

Reading Recommendation:

From Good with Words: Writing and Editing by Patrick Barry

If you weren’t lucky enough to have good teachers—or don’t feel comfortable reaching out to any—there are plenty of public curators you can turn to for reading recommendations. Lists of “Best Books of the Year” usually find their way into both print and online publications; prize committees like the Pulitzer and the National Book Award generally don’t select rubbish, and many prominent people—from Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey—do a lot of sorting and selecting for you by sharing their recent reading picks.

But start small. Focus on three or four sources of recommendations for now. Otherwise, the whole process might get overwhelming, even paralyzing. All you are looking for are two books you will definitely read in the next year. You can graduate to more ambitious goals later.

Another thing to keep in mind: Don’t rush through the books. Take your time. Try to savor them. This isn’t fast food snatched from a drive-through window; this is slow food expertly prepared by chefs who cook with only the highest quality of ingredients. Said differently, the selection criteria you apply should be: “Reading these sentences will be good for my brain—and eventually, my pen.”

Bottom Line: If you want more professional and elegant outputs, you need to be very deliberate about your inputs.

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Here are some combinations of lists you might consider:

Combination #1

  • New York Times: Notable Books of the Year
  • Financial Times: The Best Business Books of All Time
  • BBC: The 21st Century’s 12 Greatest Novels

Combination #2

  • Discover Magazine: 25 Best Science Books of All Time
  • Cosmopolitan: 20 Political Books Every Woman Should Read
  • National Review: 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century

Combination #3

  • Sports Illustrated: Top 100 Sports Books of All Time
  • Rolling Stone: 10 Best Music Books
  • Amazon: 100 Biographies and Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime

Combination #4

  • National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read
  • ABA Journal: 30 Lawyers, 30 Books
  • Independent: 10 Best Short Story Collections