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|600 Essential words for the TOEIC|
The TOEIC is the Test of English for International Communication. It is an exam aimed particularly at people who use English for international business. As this includes deals which involve a great deal of money, it is important to be certain that you say exactly what you mean and understand exactly what other people are trying to tell you.
This book is designed to increase vocabulary through understanding and practice. It is in fact a vocabulary-building exercise set that encourages the user to do one lesson a day, and learn twelve words during that day. At the end of the course the reader will have learned the 600 words in the title. One does not need to be studying for this exam to do these exercises. The words are the sort that one finds in international business English, but are in general use, so this book will benefit anyone who needs to build their vocabulary.
There are 325 pages in the book, but the book itself is A4 sized, so this makes it larger than the page count indicates. In all, 267 pages are the actual exercises, with the remainder being a brief introduction explaining how to use the book, an answer key, appendices and index at the back. There is however a substantial amount of 'white space' with up to a third of some pages unused. This makes the book easy to read and work with, but adds to the cost and bulk.
Who is this book for? According to the author, this book is focused on specific 'TOEIC business subjects'. However, since the TOEIC itself deals with a wide range of business English topics, this book is useful for anyone who wants to increase their vocabulary range in this area. An increasing number of websites and language apps cover the same vocabulary, but the focus and professionalism of this book mean that in this case, the book format wins. And as the text can now be purchased and read on an e-reader, users have the best of both worlds.
|Verdict: Will teach those 600 words
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