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

curtain – n. a piece of cloth that hangs down from above a window and can be used to cover the window

whisper – v. to speak very softly or quietly

sigh – v. to take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, relieved, etc.

sorrow – n. a feeling of sadness or grief caused especially by the loss of someone or something

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/californians-tale-mark-twain-american-stories/2493004/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

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