I’m apparently behind on my publication of new materials, despite the inordinate amount of time I spend in bookstores. I have rather lame excuse for my inattention to this new edition…I was reading other books…for my Master’s degree.
Nevertheless, I am now aware that there is in fact a third edition to Master the Basics: English. If by some chance, I am not the last person to be aware of this fact, I shall spread the word.
I wrote a blog post for the second edition of Master the Basics: English in December of 2012. The third edition was published in September of 2013.
The third edition did not go through a major rewrite. In fact, it is nearly identical to the second edition. There is, however, one new section: “Common Forms to Avoid”. This section goes through pronunciation and each of the parts of speech with advice on common errors that ESL/ELL students make. This is very helpful for those students to curb major problem areas. It is also helpful for native speakers to help them understand common errors and be ready to correct (and explain) those errors.
There is also a brand new yellow cover. This now standardizes the Master the Basics covers and the 501 Verbs books. They still only have Master the Basics for English, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and English for Spanish Speakers.
The third edition also boasts it is fully recyclable and printed in the USA.
For more information on Master the Basics: English and other language guides by Barron’s, visit www.barronseduc.com.