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  • What are some good books for vocabulary, idioms, phrasal verbs, proverbs for Class 10 students?

    Keen to improve your English, especially vocab, and learn proverbs, idioms, etc? Check out the suggestions given by experts to help you improve your vocabulary and overall English skills.

    I would like to improve my English, especially my vocabulary. I would like some recommended books to understand and learn idioms, phrasal verbs, proverbs, etc, and also to help me to improve my spelling and vocabulary. Can you suggest a book that has everything together for a Class 10 ICSE student? Also, can you suggest specific dictionaries and newspapers that I should read to improve my vocabulary?
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  • Learning the English language and its vocabulary is important for academics and professionals, which is essential for effective communication. Reading books, newspapers, magazines, dictionaries, etc., can help to build a strong vocabulary and improve your communication. Listening to audiobooks and watching good English movies may also enhance the same. Speaking in English with friends and family members makes you master the language as well. Making a goal to learn some new words, phrases, or idioms daily boosts your vocabulary skills. Start with "A" alphabetically on day 1 and continue till the "Z" and again in rotation, this practice makes your vocabulary calibrated.

    For a class 10th ICSE student, I would suggest the following list of books available on Amazon.

    Word Power Made Easy, a complete handbook, published by W.R.Goyal: Norman Lewis, the American Grammarian, the author of this book presents an updated list of words to be learned quickly so that improved vocabulary guide, especially for high school learners.

    Another masterpiece from Norman Lewis, 30 days to More Powerful Vocabulary, the book which is lightweight to be carried during travel, claims to strengthen your vocabulary skills in 30 days.

    English Vocabulary in Use Elementary Book by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O'Dell (second edition) published by Cambridge contains vocabulary reference and practice along with answers. This has been definitely a good one for beginners in learning vocabulary and introduces easy ways to learn and remember new words.

    Oxford Learners Pocket Word Skills by Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman published by Oxford is pocket friendly in size that you can carry as a handy. Containing 32 modules with various topics, this book narrates vocabulary with pictures and is user-friendly too.

    Last but not the least, Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder is a complete guide for beginners as well as intermediate pupils. This book is a compilation of over 2300 words on different sections and teaches from the basics with quiz sessions after completing each section to check out your word power.

  • Hello,

    Greetings for the day!

    I can suggest some resources to help you improve your English vocabulary and spelling.

    For idioms, phrasal verbs, and proverbs, you can refer to the book "Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms" by James Gordon White. This book is specifically designed to help learners understand and use idioms, phrasal verbs, and proverbs in context.

    For general vocabulary improvement, you can refer to "Word Power Made Easy" by Norman Lewis. This book is a classic vocabulary builder that has been used by generations of students to improve their vocabulary.

    For spelling improvement, you can refer to "The Spelling Book" by Jane Baskwill. This book covers common spelling rules and provides exercises to help you practice spelling words correctly.

    As for dictionaries, you can use Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary or Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Both are good options for learners.

    For newspapers, you can read The Hindu or The Times of India. Both newspapers have a wide range of articles and provide exposure to different types of vocabulary.

    I hope these resources will help you improve your English vocabulary and spelling. Good luck!

  • If you are passionate to learn more the art of communication and writing in English, the first step would be to listen to English Channel of your TV patiently noting down the difficult words coming across the media speech. You must have a good dictionary to provide you the meaning of the new words which would eliminate your doubts while you use the same. It must be a continuous efforts regularly for an hour or so. This would help you to have a good vocabulary over a period of two to three years.
    While using these words, special emphasis is needed to ensure that correct spellings are used and for this you can refer to John Bask will. This would provide you detailed input how you can overcome the difficulties of writing words correctly through the series of exercises from easy to difficult ones.
    Being a student of ISC, you need to have a book written by R.P. Sinha published from Bharati Bhawan, Patna which will provide you insights how the words fitting to the sequence is inserted so as to offer the readers a good understanding of your write ups.Simultaneously you would get pair of words which could also be used but then the meaning of the texts could alter slightly. This would definitely improve your analytical ability in your learning process of English.
    I would recommend you to have gone through either Times of India or Hindu Newspaper for your enrichment of knowledge. Later should be preferred for their wide coverage in the different articles apart from the current news. Last but not the least, develop a company of like minded students taking parts freely in the process of interaction in the free timings so that your learning appetite improves with time.

  • It is good that you wanted to improve your English language.
    To improve your language you should start writing, reading and speaking in English. Generally, we all will be thinking always. The thinking will go on in our brain always on some or the other issue.
    You do the following for the same.
    1. Start talking in English regularly with your friends and family members.
    2. Start writing English sentences, articles, and essays on various subjects. Initially, you will find it difficult to write. But keep a dictionary which translates your mother tongue words to English. Wherever required you can use this dictionary to find out words equivalent to your mother tongue word. Nowadays, you will find online translation facilities also.
    3. Start reading books, magazines and newspapers so that you will improve your vocabulary. You should also read some English grammar books and understand the same.
    4. Watch English TV channels and news channels. While hearing them, if you find any word which is new to you, try to note it down and get the meaning and other details of the word using a dictionary.
    These four actions will make you perfect in English
    Books that are useful to you for your English language
    1. Active English Language Class 10 for ICSE Board - by Madhulika Singh (Author), Anindita Dey (Author) et, al.
    2. Complete Course English 1: ICSE Class 9 & 10 Guide Book by Oswal and Kevin O'Brien Ian J Boyle, Dr Mousumi Sharma
    3. All In One English Language ICSE Class 9 and 10 2022-23 Edition by Amit Tanwar Mridula Sharma
    4. Almond Books ICSE English (Class 9 & 10) by Almond Books
    5. MTG 100 Percent English Language & Literature Class-10
    Grammar Books
    1. Wren And Martin -High School English
    2. Word Power Made Easy, Norman Lewis
    Newspapers and Magazines
    1. The Hindu
    2. The Times of India
    3. Readers Digest
    4. Indian Express
    1. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
    2. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

    always confident

  • As we know, English is an international language. so, it is compulsory to know. If you want to improve your english, there are a lot of materials available in the market that will help in improving your reading and writing English. Besides, for good communication, you should always talk in English with family and friends. Nowadays, different channels telecast programs in English. You must watch english news channels and read english newspapers which will improve your vocabulary. Here, I am suggesting some books for vocabulary and word power which are as:-
    1. Complete Course English 1: ICSE Class 9 & 10 Guide Book by Oswal and Kevin O'Brien Ian J Boyle, Dr Mousumi Sharma
    2. All In One English Language ICSE Class 9 and 10 2022-23 Edition by Amit Tanwar Mridula Sharma
    3. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • Here are some recommended books for vocabulary, idioms, phrasal verbs, and proverbs for Class 10 students:

    "Word Power Made Easy" by Norman Lewis: This is a classic vocabulary-building book that has been helping students for decades. It covers a wide range of words and helps students understand their meanings, usage, and application in different contexts.

    "The Oxford Idioms Dictionary" by Judith Siefring: This is a comprehensive reference book that covers a wide range of idiomatic expressions used in contemporary English. It includes over 10,000 idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations, along with their meanings, examples, and usage notes.

    "English Phrasal Verbs in Use" by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O'Dell: This book is an excellent resource for students who want to improve their understanding and usage of phrasal verbs. It includes over 1,000 phrasal verbs, organized by topic, along with their meanings, examples, and exercises.

    "Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms" by James Dent and Stephen Hills: This dictionary is an ideal resource for students who want to learn the most common idiomatic expressions used in English. It includes over 7,000 idioms, organized alphabetically, along with their meanings, origins, and usage notes.

    "The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs" edited by Jennifer Speake: This is a comprehensive reference book that covers over 2,000 English proverbs and their origins. It includes proverbs from around the world, as well as those that have become part of the English language

  • In the market, you may find many books on this topic. Most of the books are providing in-depth explanations and examples. Here are some books that can help Class 10 students improve their vocabulary, idioms, phrasal verbs, and proverbs:

    Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis: This is a classic book that has been helping students improve their vocabulary for decades. It covers a wide range of words and provides exercises to help students retain what they learn.

    Idioms and Phrases for Competitive Exams by Disha Experts: This book focuses on commonly used idioms and phrases that are essential for effective communication. It provides definitions, examples, and exercises to help students practice using them in context.

    Barron's Essential Words for the GRE: This book is designed for graduate school applicants, but the words it covers are useful for anyone looking to improve their vocabulary. It includes exercises and quizzes to help students learn and retain new words.

    The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs by Jennifer Speake: This comprehensive reference book provides definitions and origins of proverbs from around the world. It can be a valuable resource for students looking to understand the meaning and context of commonly used proverbs.

    The Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book by Carl W. Hart: This book provides clear explanations and examples of phrasal verbs, which can be challenging for students to understand. It also includes exercises to help students practice using them in context.

    English Vocabulary in Use by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O'Dell: This book covers a wide range of vocabulary topics and includes exercises to help students practice using new words. It also includes a section on phrasal verbs and idioms.

    These books are just a few examples, and there are many other resources available that can help students improve their language skills. It is important to choose books that are appropriate for the student's level and interests and to use them regularly to reinforce what is learned.

    "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X

  • Here are some book recommendations for Class 10 ICSE students to improve your English vocabulary, including idioms, phrasal verbs, and proverbs:

    1. English Vocabulary in Use by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O'Dell: This book provides an extensive range of vocabulary, from elementary to advanced level, with clear explanations and practice exercises. It also includes a section on idioms and phrasal verbs.

    2. Advanced English Grammar and Vocabulary by Mark Skipper: This book covers a range of topics, including grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and phrasal verbs. It is designed to help students improve their English language skills for academic and professional purposes.

    3. Idioms and Phrasal Verbs by Cambridge International: This book provides a comprehensive guide to idioms and phrasal verbs, with explanations and examples of how they are used in context.

    4. English Proverbs and Sayings by John Burke: This book provides a collection of English proverbs and sayings, with explanations of their meanings and origins.

    As for specific dictionaries, I recommend the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary or the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Both are excellent resources for learners of English and provide clear definitions, examples, and pronunciation guides.

    For newspapers, I suggest reading The Times of India, The Hindu, or The Indian Express. These newspapers use a wide range of vocabulary and cover a variety of topics, which can help to improve your English skills.

    I hope these recommendations help you to improve your English vocabulary and skills!

  • There are many standard textbooks, dictionaries, and other guide books which are available for learning idioms, phrases, and other interesting things in English language. These are mentioned in great details in the above answers given by the members.
    I will like to share my experience in the matter. What I observed is that if we want to learn many things at a time then our memory does not cooperate with us and those things fade away from our minds quickly. So what is the remedy? The best course of action in such a situation is that we should learn a few repeat a few idioms or phrases or words or using nouns or any other form of words on a daily basis or 2-3 times a week whatever suits to our schedule and then repeat them after a month. This may appear as a slow mode of learning but it is very effective and things remain in our memory for a long time.

    Knowledge is power.

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    For idioms few popular books which I know are :
    Cambridge idioms dictionary
    Idioms organiser,
    English idioms in use by the same Cambridge University,
    The Oxford dictionary of idioms ,
    Oxford word skills .

    As far I know most software companies use Merriam Webster as a dictionary.

    Apart from this I definitely suggest Reader's digest. As a beginner Deccan Chronicle is a best choice to go with. This is obviously a gadgets era and make use of it as much as possible. Subscribe to popular channels in YouTube which teach English. Watch more English series, dramas and movies with subtitles or change the speed in settings.

    Journaling your daily routine, plans, targets or goals which you want to achieve write in English . Especially with the new words which you learnt. Undoubtedly speaking is not only improve English but any language makes you master in that language.

    Actually this generation students are very lucky that I personally feel. Because of gadgets and internet anything you can do. Practice with interest is good to do anything. All the best.

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