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Karen and the weed

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You made it! Welcome to Word Central, where you'll find everything you need to painlessly boost your high-level English vocabulary. From stories to podcast episodes, courses to full-fledged books, I've got you covered. Let's dive in!

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Hera and the headmaster

trapped in a pyramid

greek and latin roots ftw

my 3 favorite episodes

English: a linguistic thief

How to 'Read' Works of Art (so cool)

Painlessly improve your vocabulary with the Vocabbett podcast!


the podcast

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cleopatra's little sister

don't be a blatherskite

this sat word could get you killed

my 3 favorite short stories


More, please!

smarter storytelling

Who doesn't love curling up with a good story? No one. The only thing better? Passively improving your vocabulary while lost in the aforementioned story.

my 3 favorite COURSES

the full stories

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Short Story Compendium

the books

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Ahead of Her Time

In this vocabulary-boosting novelette, life imitates art on a deadly writer's retreat in picturesque Tuscany.

Death at the Villa Tarconti

Love the short stories on the podcast? Get them all in one place, plus dedicated audio files for each.

Action, adventure, romance, and ancient Egypt...Oh, and 500+ words to painlessly boost your vocabulary. 

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