I received a Gift from John LaCarna. Gift was a review copy of his book – Build Your Vocabulary Skills! A Quick and Easy Method (Amazon Kindle Edition).

I read the book and I’m really impressed with the techniques used in the book to memorize GRE and SAT words.

About John:

As a psychology student at LSU in the 1960’s, he designed and conducted a study of the effects of a linking technique on retention, and found significant positive results. This is basically the technique utilized in Build Your Vocabulary Skills!

Book Preface

GRE Build Vocabulary

Build Your Vocabulary Skills! A Quick and Easy Method

This book will enable you to increase your English vocabulary as quickly and easily as possible. The immediate focus is on expanding your recognition vocabulary — the words you are able to understand.

You will learn and retain forever the meanings of words you are most likely to encounter in your reading, and on various psychological, academic, and professional tests.

The method presented here is starkly goal-oriented — you might say ruthlessly so. The aim is that after applying yourself to this book, you will be able to supply a synonymous definition for up to 1413 words you did not know before.

We are not concerned with learning derivations or word roots. These matters may be interesting and important but they are irrelevant to the business at hand. Our purpose right now is to get a higher score on that SAT or GRE next week,

GRE Word Memorization Techniques

You may wonder what techniques is used in this book.

Here’s how it works: Take the word DEFENESTRATE, which means to throw out of a window. This word is too limited in use to be in the book, but we want to demonstrate the method by having you actually learn a new word. The next time you encounter DEFENESTRATE, think DEFEND THE STREET. That’s called the “key.” Now, to “link” the key to the definition, imagine your town invaded by enemy troops, and citizens defending the streets by throwing objects out of the windows at them. So, in the format of Build Your Vocabulary Skills!, we have the following:

DEFENESTRATE (duh FEN es trate) to throw out of a window

  • LINK SENTENCE: The townfolk defended their streets against the inemy invaders by throwing things out ot the windows at them.

Now, answer the following without looking at the above:


  • What is the KEY?
  • What is the LINK SENTENCE?
  • So, what does DEFENESTRATE mean?

Drill yourself on this a couple of times and you’ll never forget it. We have no suggestions as to how you could work this word into a conversation, but Build Your Vocabulary Skills! has over 1400 more useful words, each with pronunciation, definition, dey and links, so don’t defenestrate this book on that account.

I spend well over 30 minutes reading the words and how easy is to follow the technique to memorize GRE words and it did work. John have given Key, Link Sentence for 1413 words in this books.

If you are struggling to remember GRE or SAT words, then you have to buy this book. High Recommended. Technique used it very simple and easy to follow.

How to Buy this book

Book is available as Amazon Kindle edition. You don’t need Amazon Kindle Device to buy this book. You can download the read it in your desktop, laptop or smart phone through Kindle App (Free).


  1. ali on June 14, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    i can’t bye it because i’m in iran . how can i download it ?

  2. naitik on March 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    thank you

  3. Mahesh on June 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    The book seems to be interesting. I’m going to get myself a copy of this.

  4. Sunny on June 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Seriously …an awesome book … thanks for sharing

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