Hello students. I’m proud of you for completing years 1 and 2 of our American English course. In order for you to become a strong intermediate American English learner, you need to be able to read, understand, and discuss abridged American English short stories. In this lesson, throughout Year 3 of your studies, you will read, listen to, and write about popular American English short stories. Please follow the directions below closely.
- Study the American English vocabulary below.
Words in this Story
carnival – n. a festival held before Lent that includes music and dancing
cask – n. a container that is shaped like a barrel and is used for holding liquids (“an oak cask for wine”)
palace – n. a very large and impressive house
cellar – n. the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground
insult – v. to do or say something that is oﬀensive to (someone) : to do or say something that shows a lack of respect for (someone) (“She felt they had insulted her by repeatedly ignoring her
- Listen to the story.
- Watch the video and read along.
- Take the short story quiz.
- Write a summary of the short story you just read and listened to in the comments section below. Click here to read an article that teaches you how to summarize a story. Remember to let us know who the characters of the story are, what they do, and what the story is about.