3.27.2: 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

porch – n. a structure attached to the entrance of a building that has a roof and that may or may not have walls

Muvver – n. child’s pronunciation of the word ‘mother’

afterward – adv. at a later time; after something has happened

mourning – v. to feel or show great sadness because someone has died

runaway – adj. a vehicle or animal moving in a fast and dangerous way that cannot be controlled

traces – n. a very small amount of something

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lady-in-black-eleanor-porter/2807204/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

3 thoughts on “3.27.2: Year 3 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Lesson 3.27.2: year3
    American Story, ”A Lady in Black”. written by Eleanor H. Potter.
    The story is about a sad mother, named Hellen who always wear black and is mourning over the loss of her daughter. She is so sad that she refuses to care about her son and her husband. The husband is caring to help his wife get over to their daughter’s death. The son of Hellen, Bobby is a cute boy, who wants his mother’s attention, but can’t get his mother’s services or motherly love. the story took place in the lady in Black’s house and the graveyard.
    When she looks that her husband and son, Bobby are playing and smiling together. This action of them makes her sadder and leave the home to graveyard to see her daughter’s grave. In graveyard she meets a woman, who is very nice and caring lady. She cares about the little boy, who is not her own son, but she was the nurse of the little boy. Hallen talked to her and finds that she is not mother of the boy in the graveyard. She was only his nurse, and she cares for his grave because no one is left to care.
    the lady tells to Hallen the mother of the gets so sad that she forgot about her husband and her daughter. She dies and her husband follows her and the daughter of the couple leaves the place, never came back. Hearing the story, the lady in black shivers and scares. She comes back home and cries. She changes her cloth, takes off black dress and wears white dress with white rose in her hairs. She hears her son is calling and she embraces her son, little Bobby in her arms.
    I think the moral of the story is that we should not hang out in the past, we are all go through to be sad and mourn, but after that we have to move on and face the present.

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