Do not be fooled by the brevity of the chapters in this book. They have been purposefully structured to be short—short and concise. As study after study has shown, language learning is best done bit by bit: thirty minutes to an hour a day. Exceeding an hour a day is not beneficial and may in fact be harmful. Indeed, cramming is the refuge of the poorly prepared student, and if your goal is to master English, you do not want to emulate such a student and cram. Instead, you want to pace yourself, and this book allows you to do that.
While the chapters are short, they are very dense and diverse. Each chapter has five parts. The first part is a picture. Following the picture is the second part, which consists of four vocabulary words related to said picture, and example sentences for the four vocabulary words. The third part is a short composition that is also related to the picture. Within the composition two words have been selected, and four synonyms to each word have been provided. These two words are not necessarily related to the picture. They are, however, important and useful words, as are their synonyms. The fourth part is another composition, this one discussing the topic as it manifests in both the East and West and exploring the differences between how it manifests itself in the two places. Finally, each chapter ends with the fifth and final part, which is two conversational sentences that are related to the topic.
I hope you find this book both useful and interesting. And remember, the best way to master a language is to study every day yet to spend no more than an hour a day every day studying, and this book is perfect for this.