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
shrug – v. to raise and lower your shoulders usually to show that you do not know or care about something
sensual – adj. relating to, devoted to, or producing physical or sexual pleasure
gumbo – n. a thick soup made in the southern U.S. with meat or seafood and usually okra
role – n. the character played by an actor
secure – v. to get (something) by using effort
homesick – adj. sad because you are away from your family and home
overcome – v. to affect (someone) very strongly or severely – usually used as (be) overcome
- Listen to the story.
- Watch the video and read along.
- Take the short story quiz.
- Write a summary of the short story you just read and listened to in the comments section below. Click here to read an article that teaches you how to summarize a story. Remember to let us know who the characters of the story are, what they do, and what the story is about.