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Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« on: August 05, 2007, 02:14:44 AM »
Since my native language happened to be different from English, I'm facing  a problem while doing RC and LR sections: there are a bunch of words I'm infamiliar with, so it sometimes prevents me from picking the right answer, as I cannot fully  grasp the stimulus. :o I was looking for some LSAT books that might help me in a way with LSAT in a bookstore and I came across lots of books and flash cards that offered help in enriching the vocabulary; SAT, GRE and some others. I am pretty good at learning languages fast, but I'm undecided.. Will these materials  help somehow in my situation  or I will just waste my money? ???
Has anyone have the similar experience?

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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007, 02:38:33 AM »
I scored 146  cold at Kaplan free diagnostics a month ago, so I decided to buy LRB and I'm still in process of studying it, and I keep having a strong feeling that it's a language that stops  me  pretty often from scoring a bit higher now.  :D  Of course it's not the only reason, but still. I just want to know if there are some special vocabulary books that will improve my speed at recognizing the problem if I study them. Aren't there some stuff like" Vocabulary in a book for LSAT takers"? ::)

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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007, 10:46:25 AM »
Verbal Advantage is pretty good. I think you can get it for $20 (the book not the audio tapes).
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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2007, 12:39:24 PM »
Verbal Advantage is pretty good. I think you can get it for $20 (the book not the audio tapes).

I'll second the Verbal Advantage recommendation. It's a good, cheap way to learn a lot of words.

For you though, it might be a good idea to put off applying to law school a little so that you can really improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension. 3-6 months of reading great books can do wonders for your vocabulary and will help you enormously once you get to law school.
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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2007, 01:57:56 PM »
Since my native language happened to be different from English, I'm facing  a problem while doing RC and LR sections: there are a bunch of words I'm infamiliar with, so it sometimes prevents me from picking the right answer, as I cannot fully  grasp the stimulus. :o I was looking for some LSAT books that might help me in a way with LSAT in a bookstore and I came across lots of books and flash cards that offered help in enriching the vocabulary; SAT, GRE and some others. I am pretty good at learning languages fast, but I'm undecided.. Will these materials  help somehow in my situation  or I will just waste my money? ???
Has anyone have the similar experience?

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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2007, 09:03:43 PM »

Until you have said something along the lines of Jeffort somteimes engages in jactitation you have room to grow.

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Even while engaging in jactitation?
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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2007, 09:46:16 PM »

Until you have said something along the lines of Jeffort somteimes engages in jactitation you have room to grow.

I have my hand on my dictionary right now


Even while engaging in jactitation?

*chuckle* :)

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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2007, 09:48:47 PM »

For you though, it might be a good idea to put off applying to law school a little so that you can really improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension. 3-6 months of reading great books can do wonders for your vocabulary and will help you enormously once you get to law school.

I agree. If you don't have a good command of English, you will struggle in law school, since law school requires a student to read and analyze significant amounts of material and write lengthy papers, all in English.

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Re: Not a native speaker- vocabulary problem with RC and LR
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2007, 10:14:33 PM »

For you though, it might be a good idea to put off applying to law school a little so that you can really improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension. 3-6 months of reading great books can do wonders for your vocabulary and will help you enormously once you get to law school.

I agree. If you don't have a good command of English, you will struggle in law school, since law school requires a student to read and analyze significant amounts of material and write lengthy papers, all in English.

I third this.

From what I've seen of law books it's not even written in modern, simple English so I'd really worry if you don't have a solid grasp on the language. Not that it stops Americans but you should aim higher. :)
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