I found this book in my Kindle on the subway to work this morning. And remembered that I downloaded it free from the Kindle store years ago. For some reasons, maybe my English was not good enough to read it, I haven’t read it yet. After read a little, I think it’s prefect for me for now.

The reasons is:

  1. With Kindle, it provides some tooltips over the new words, so I can read it without a barrier.
  2. Also it provided me some new words to remember, as I don’t like to remember new words one by one from some apps, which I will never use them and then forget them.
  3. I found some audios from archive.org, so I can listen to it how to pronounce the new words.

The steps I read this book should be:

  1. Read it on my Kindle, mark some words to remember.
  2. Listen to the audios, and read again.
  3. Take notes with my own words.


Only about 2,000 Words Are Required

  • The key of master English is knowing where to place them, that also let us master how to speak and write correctly.
  • Use simple words as possible as you can, because great scholars and writers and polite do so.
  • Simple words made your speech or the things you write easy to understand.

Nine Great Classes of Words

Article - Only two: a or an and the.

Noun - Proper and Common. The most important.

Nouns are varied by:

  • Person - First(I), Second(You), Third(She,He,It)
  • Number - Singular(单数) and Plural(复数)
  • Gender - two sexes, but four genders
    • masculine(男性) - male kind
    • feminine(女性)- female kind
    • neuter(无性) - inanimate things or whatever is without life
    • common(中性) - indeterminable, such as fish, mouse, bird, etc.
  • Case
    • Nominative - I,You,He,She
    • Possessive - My,Your,His,Her
    • Objective - Me,You,Him,Her

Adjective - A word which qualifies a noun.


Three kinds of pronouns:

  • personal I,Thou,He,She,It(We, You, They)
  • relative
  • adjective

Verb - signifies action or the doing of something.

Adverb (Adjust Verb) - modifies a verb, an adjective and sometimes another adverb.

Preposition - connect words and to show the relation between the objects.

Conjunction - join words, phrases, clauses and sentences together.

Interjection(感叹词)- expresses surprise or some sudden emotion of the mind.


  • Purity(纯正) - precludes the use of:
    • all slang(俚语) words
    • vulgar(粗鲁) phrases
    • obsolete terms
    • foreign idioms
    • ambiguous expressions
    • or any ungrammatical(不合语法) language.
  • Perspicuity(清晰)- clearest expression.
  • Precision(精准)- concise(精准) and exact expression. Neither too long nor too short.