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.

Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/2450746/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

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