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Gems of Wisdom
Inspirational Messages to Enhance the Quality of Your Life and Improve Your English
Jack Scholes - Disal Editora, 2007.

Gems of Wisdom is a collection of inspirational messages to enhance the quality of your life. You can dip into it at any time. There is no fixed sequence or order. The page you open at any time is probably the message you most need to read at that particular moment. When you read a message, stop for a few minutes to reflect carefully on the meaning and moral of each one. All the quotations have a very profound significance. Some of them are quite humorous, and truth and humour are a very potent combination.

The authors of the quotations come from an amazingly wide range of countries. Many come from the United States and Britain, but others come from such diverse countries as Germany, France, Switzerland, India, Vietnam, Lebanon, Persia, Colombia and Brazil. They also represent the whole gamut of creative human activity – authors, poets, actors, business people, singers, musicians, song writers, artists, historians, soldiers, inventors, entrepreneurs, theologians, cartoonists, critics, psychologists, psychiatrists, inventors, Buddhist monks, comedians, orators, aviators, spiritual and political leaders, peace activists, and there are even quotes from a juggler, a modern-day rapper and a Hollywood sex symbol. Some of the authors are still alive, but many of them lived in previous centuries, some as far back as the thirteenth century. What they had to say then is just as relevant to today’s world as it was to theirs. An Appendix at the back of the book gives short biographical information about all of the authors.

But Gems of Wisdom is much more than just a collection of inspirational messages. It is also an unusual, ingenious and enjoyable way to improve your English. An item of language in the message is taken as the starting point and springboard for further information about the English language, and the culture and customs of English-speaking countries. An incredible wealth of subjects and topics are dealt with. For example:
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Usage
  • Culture
  • Customs
  • Pronunciation
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Collocations
  • Functions
  • Popular sayings
  • Proverbs
  • Opposites
  • Synonyms
  • Colloquialisms
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Confusable words
  • Common mistakes
  • False friends
  • Slang
  • Conversational gambits
  • Word origins
  • Gestures
  • Curiosities
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Word families
  • Binomial phrases
  • Fixed expressions
  • Idiomatic expressions
  • Humorous expressions
  • Multi-word expressions
  • Polite and impolite words and expressions
  • Taboo words and expressions
  • Spoken and written English
  • Formal and informal English
  • Business English
  • Legal English
  • Australian English
  • British and American English
Each item has simple explanations or easy definitions and in many cases example sentences are given to show exactly how to use a word or expression. Gems of Wisdom is absolutely unique. It offers you the chance to find information and transformation. Information about the English language and culture and transformation from the messages that give you more elevation and perspective to help you realize your highest potential. Gems of Wisdom is a book for anyone who wants to learn more about the English language and also more about themselves and to have some fun while doing this.

Jack Scholes

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