Painless Vocabulary

Painless Vocabulary

by Michael Greenberg M.A.

Paperback(Third Edition)

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With Barron’s, learning vocabulary becomes fun. In Painless Vocabulary, students learn the meanings of new words by seeing them used in amusing contexts, find examples of vocabulary for modern technology, learn Greek and Latin word roots, track progress with challenging games, and more.

Geared toward middle school– and high school–level learners, Painless Vocabulary takes a lighthearted, humorous approach to learning vocab and is ideal for students who find it confusing, or who just need a little extra help.

Students can test their learning progress with quizzes and “Brain Ticklers”, plus additional games online to challenge students, including Beat the Clock, a line match game, and a word scramble.

The authors' main goal is to clear up confusion and pique interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which students can put each subject to practical use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438007786
Publisher: B.E.S. Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Series: Barron's Painless Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 165,869
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 3.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael Greenberg is the English Department Head at Great Neck North Middle School. He is the author of Barron’s Let’s Prepare for the Grade 8 Language Arts Test.

Table of Contents


Words Don't Hurt: How to Use This Book

  • Chapter One: Dinosaur Man

    Words in Context

  • Chapter Two: In Your Face!

    Word Forms

  • Chapter Three: The Writing Process—The Long, Slow Road to Nearly Perfect

    Read, Read, and Read Some More

  • Chapter Four: Old Folks? What Does It Mean to Be Old in the 21st Century?

    Verbal Analogies

  • Chapter Five: The Tale of the Teaching Tyrant

    Starting Your Own Black Book

  • Chapter Six: The Newest Thing

    Using a Dictionary

  • Chapter Seven: Where Have All the

    Words Gone?

    A Brief History of Our Language

  • Chapter Eight: Natural Disasters—Something Can Be Done

    Electronic Dictionaries

  • Chapter Nine: The Middle School Years—How Much Do They Matter?

    Using a Thesaurus

  • Chapter Ten: Bargain Hunters—Going to Unreasonable Lengths

    New Words Through Technology

  • Chapter Eleven: The Phone Keeps Ringing

    The Verbal Analogy Bridge

  • Chapter Twelve: Ozzie's Nine Lives

    Using an Electronic Thesaurus

  • Chapter Thirteen: Enough to Eat

    Importing New Words

  • Chapter Fourteen: All Pumped Up—Home Runs and Steroids

    A Brief History of Dictionaries

  • Chapter Fifteen: King of the #7 Train

    Words from Myths

  • Chapter Sixteen: A Closer Look at

    the Patriot Act

    Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

  • Chapter Seventeen: The Hot Corner—Learning to Love Books

    Word Games

  • Chapter Eighteen: Dare to "Dis"—Bullying the Bullies

    Electronic Readers

  • Chapter Nineteen: We're Smarter Than You Are—The Younger Generation Makes Its Case

    Using the Context: A Case Study

  • Chapter Twenty: The Borrowed Child

    Looking Back

  • Appendix

    Word List

    Words from Greek and Roman Myths and Languages

    More Words to Know

  • Index

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    4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Painless is exactly how I would discribe this book. My children's vocabulary has grown considerably in a matter of weeks with this book. I am very, very pleased with the results and recommend it to anyone who has a child that needs help in that area. It is geared toward middle school aged kids.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This workbook is an excellent tool for Adult ESL Learners at the High Intermediate Level or above. It can be used together in the classroom, and also as a homework assignment. It's a small book that is easily carried in a purse or backpack. The lessons are short and I encourage my students to take their book out and work in it any time they are sitting in their car....waiting for their children after school etc. The book is written for typical Middle school and High School students, so it is very appropriate for Adult ESL learners. The book is inexpensive and therefore not a financial burden. I also recommend the other books in the series, including the Grammar, Spelling, Writing and the ESL version.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago