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09 January 2014 at 1:46am | IP Logged 
Any recommendations for English advanced vocabulary building resources?
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09 January 2014 at 12:35pm | IP Logged 
The famous "in Use" series does have advanced vocabulary, academical vocabulary, business vocabulary, even medical vocabulary books. There is a book Grammar and Vocabulary for the CAE. And there are surely a few more. And, of course, you can profit greatly from reading native authors and using any other media. And there is whole internet at your service. Wikipedia is a good starting point (and the links leading from there) should you need more specialized vocab.
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09 January 2014 at 1:19pm | IP Logged 
I would have thought extensive reading would be the best approach, with special reading in any professional areas that you want to become an expert in. At least that's how the natives do it!

However, one thing that really helped my English at university was when I had to write my doctorate. The doctorate per se was irrelevant, but having to write 100000 words that my supervisor gave detailed feedback to, and was going to be judged by experts really sharpened my English. I am not sure how reproduce this in general way though, but my impression is that writing to communicate not simply as an exercise, really boosts your skills at a high level. Perhaps keeping a blog would suffice.

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09 January 2014 at 10:02pm | IP Logged 

Well I am a proponent on learning words through etymological roots. I find learning
word by word not as quick. If it vocabulary building in general, then I do recommend
programs like Verbal Advantage. You learn a particular word, then synonyms are
mentioned along with it, then in a sentence for context. English vocabulary building in
the English base. After learning the words, start using them actively by speaking and

There are other specific topics by Assimil for German speakers, but I am not
conversant on what particular words you would be learning if they are considered
advance or not. Examples: WIRTSCHAFTSENGLISCH (business book and cds), Die Amerikaner
(book and cds about the U.S.A.), Spass an Englisch (English Humour book and cds)

Native material is great, but it seems more like a word hunt game. It is fun to play
as well.

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10 January 2014 at 1:42am | IP Logged 
Gemuse wrote:
Any recommendations for English advanced vocabulary building resources?

I've found reading Great Books helpful.

Edited by luke on 12 January 2014 at 11:57pm

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10 January 2014 at 2:03am | IP Logged 
What a coincidence, a Facebook friend just posted this vocab learning
today! I've only played with it a tiny bit but it seems fun and useful. You can choose what topic you're
interested in (math, business, computers, literature...) and then there are different game options (matching,
crossword...). EDIT: you can also choose what grade level you want, from elementary school through college.

Edited by Emily96 on 10 January 2014 at 2:04am

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12 January 2014 at 10:59pm | IP Logged 
I'm big on finding new words within context, so reading classic literature is always a good resource. But if you're looking for something a little more concentrated I'd have to agree with the site Emily96 mentioned, as well as adding in If you're looking for word lists I'd recommend test prep vocab sites, starting with college prep lists (the SAT and ACT) and going up into Grad school prep lists (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) I've always been a voracious reader, and majored in English literature in college, but the vocab prep for the GRE still gave me headaches.

Edited by Rinsom on 12 January 2014 at 10:59pm

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