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

uncertain – adj. not exactly known or decided

“in cold blood” – expression. without feeling or with cruel intent

wine – n. an alcoholic drink made from the liquid part that can be squeezed out of a small, round fruit that is green, dark red, or purplish-black in color

inn – n. a house usually in the country where people can eat, drink and rent a room to sleep in

cellar – n. the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground

sin – n. an action that is considered to be wrong according to religious or moral law

revenge – n. the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you

pet(ted) – v. to touch an animal or person with your hand in a loving or friendly way

innkeeper – n. a person who owns or operates an inn

decay – n. the process or result of being slowly destroyed by natural processes

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/the-black-cat-edgar-allen-poe/3715082/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

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