3.38.2: 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

smash – v. to break into many pieces; to shatter or destroy

atmosphere – n. the whole mass of air that surrounds the Earth

surrender – v. to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed

retreat – v. to move or go away from a place or situation especially because it is dangerous, unpleasant, etc.

survivor – n. a member of a group who continues to live after other members have died

firestorm – n. a very large fire that destroys everything in its path and produces powerful winds

jammed – v. to fill (a place) completely

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/2914075/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

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