3.25.2: Year 3 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

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

most always – adv. US, informal; almost always

Dan’l – n. abbreviation of a given name, Daniel

anyways – adv. US, informal; anyway

studied a minute – v. US, informal; thought a minute

get you a frog – v. US, informal; get a frog for you

plant – v. to put or place (something or yourself) firmly or forcefully on a surface or in a particular position

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/celebrated-jumping-frog-calaveras-county-mark-twain/2685805/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

2 thoughts on “3.25.2: Year 3 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Lesson 3.25.2 Year 3
    American Stories.
    The name of today’s story is,” The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It was written by Mark Twin. it is a very interesting story. The character of the story as follows….
    Jim Slimily is a gambler and lucky man.He places a bet with anybody at any reason particularly like to be on animal competitions and trained his fog to be the highest jumping frog in Calaveras County. Simon Wheeler is an old storyteller. The narrator of the is a friend of Simon Wheeler, the stranger, the narrator’s unnamed friend and a young minister Leonidas W. Smily…
    Dan’l Webster, the famed jumping frog of calaveras county, who is trained by Jim Smily and reputed the best jumper of all frogs in the area. Andren jackeen Bull Pop turned fighting dog, who is trained by
    Jim Smily and is notable for his last-ditch effort wins.
    The story goes something like this, Jim Smily, a gambler, who would bet on anything. He turned a frog into a pet and bet a stranger that his frog,Dan’l Webster could jump higher than any other frog. While Simley was not looking the stranger filled Dan’l ‘Webster with quail shot and his pet frog could jump of heavy weight and sat down on the floor and Smiley lost the bet.
    The lesson of the story is a moral distinction between honest and dishonest cleverness..

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