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eBook Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language ePub

by Walker Royce

  • ISBN: 1600379443
  • Category: Skills
  • Subcategory: Perfomance and Work
  • Author: Walker Royce
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (June 30, 2011)
  • Pages: 284
  • ePub book: 1116 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1679 kb
  • Other: txt azw lit lrf
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 744

Description

Instead of highlighting all the mechanics and hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads you through an educational and entertaining workout of your English knowledge and skills.

Instead of highlighting all the mechanics and hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads you through an educational and entertaining workout of your English knowledge and skills.

English has more than a quarter-million words. Instead of highlighting all the mechanics and hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads you through an educational and entertaining workout of your English knowledge and skills.

book by Walker Royce. English has more than a quarter-million words. We have many, many options for word selections, sentence structures and paragraph styles. So much opportunity to be creative. So many alternatives to fine-tune your thoughts. So many opportunities to go astray.

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English has more than a quarter-million words. We have many, many options for word selections, sentence structures and paragraph styles. So much opportunity to be creative. So many alternatives to fine-tune your thoughts. So many opportunities to go astray. English is a wonderfully diverse language. If you ask fifty different people to describe an object, an event, or an idea, you will get fifty different perspectives, each articulated with distinct words and style. There are no absolutes -- no best writer, best speaker, best style -- and no best words. However, there are patterns and principles of English usage that are generally persuasive, and misusage patterns that are generally ineffective. Diversity of thought and communications are critical to teamwork, to achievement in the workplace, to teaching, learning, and parenting, and to growing our networks of friends and family. The perspective from which you attack a problem, tell a story, listen to someone else’s position, or write a message is important to understanding the solution, the moral, or the point. If you are capable of looking, reasoning, and hearing different perspectives, you can be far more effective at communicating and achieving progress in most endeavors. "Eureka!" illuminates the communications power, the amusement, and the oddities to be found in the English language. Instead of highlighting all the mechanics and hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads you through an educational and entertaining workout of your English knowledge and skills. Provocative insights into high stakes communications like speaking, coaching, selling, interviewing and romance are mixed with English language trivia, humorous anecdotes, and unique puzzles. This unique perspective will transform you into a better listener, writer, speaker and teammate, and it will stimulate some deeper self-observation -- a catalyst for improving your own communications proficiency.

Comments

Mogelv Mogelv
I enjoyed Walker's light-hearted approach to the English language and found the chapter on "Abuse, Misuse and Obtuse Use of English" most helpful. While the "punny" chapter title gives you a good feeling of the character of the book, the chapter has solid advice on brevity and clarity, which are some of the most prevalent problems throughout technical writing I have seen.

A coworker of mine was a little put off by the "word games" in the first part of the book and did not feel he would get serious advice to improve his writing. Therefore, I highly recommend reading past Chapter 2 -- it's a short enough book anyway.
Zololmaran Zololmaran
This is an eclectic book, both more fun and more insightful than any English book I ever encountered in high school, college, or since. I worked with the author for five years at IBM and the book mirrors the man: He has wide-ranging interests, deep knowledge built on first-hand experience, the ability to make the complex simple, rock-solid professional integrity, and a playful sense of fun.

The first three chapters are about English, ranging from its power, to its illogical elements, to guidelines for writing and speaking better. He keeps them lively through puzzles and humor. I loved, for example, his list of 120 synonyms for "drunk" and the section on impotent adverbs had me laughing. Although I enjoyed and learned from the first three chapters, it's the next four chapters that make this book so valuable. Chapters 4-7 pass along the author's hard-won wisdom about how to communicate with others in both professional and personal situations. I wish that I had read these chapters early in my adult and professional life. I'll certainly encourage my young adult children to read them now.

If you're interested in words, puzzles, or being a better communicator -- and who isn't -- this is a great book for you!
Macage Macage
Eureka is one of those mystical books that deliver learning while entertaining and providing the reader pause - driving new ideas home without a hammer. The process of learning Walker's valuable lessons is interesting and human in nature - not technical (though you are learning technical concepts) or boring. The information is useful both personally (in personal conversation or communication) and professionally (bigtime). Like another reviewer, I wish I had read this when I was young so that my communications would have been more effective before now (I'm not a spring chicken). :-) It helps you question content, precision, purpose . . . I don't know what your experience will be when you read this book (please do!) but I know you (and your presentations and resumes!) will be forever changed as a result. Reading Eureka is like a vitamin shot for your voice, word docs, and ppts. Have fun!
Maureen
Budar Budar
Finished reading this neat book awaiting for our power to return after Hurricane Irene had done her damage. Fascinated by the chapter Abuse, Misuse and Obtuse Use of English as well as the chapter Is English a Romance Language. Enjoyed Walker Royce's view points and wit. Will be going back to rereading in that the book has plenty of reference material that will be helpful in our use of the language. Also plenty of fun still to go in solving the puzzles !
Ishnjurus Ishnjurus
I know the author, but I didn't know about this side of Walker! I've read some passages to my kids and had them try on a puzzle or two, just to tease them....with the hopes that they'll steel this book when I'm done (because stealing is just wrong).
melody of you melody of you
Buy this book.
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Walker is an old friend and a trusted colleague. It is a pleasure to see so many of the things we have talked about over the years captured here and revealed for others. This is a subversive book that goes much deeper than an appreciation for the English language, its nominal subject. It is about effective communication with other members of our species, and the difficulties surrounding the required impedance matching. Walker brilliantly shows how the problem must always be considered from both the transmitting and receiving sides. There is wisdom in this book, something that is quite rare in an age where we swim in data of dubious provenance, struggle with information of imperfect distillation, and confront knowledge that is often carefully preselected for our consumption. Best of all, it is presented in a sly, fresh way, with Walker's typical irreverence. If you are especially politically correct, you may want to tighten your chinstrap, but I see that as a feature--it is part of his wit and charm. This book will challenge you, and if you don't get a few chuckles out of it in the bargain you should definitely lighten up.

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