3.44.2: 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

transient(s) – n. a person who does not have a permanent home and who stays in a place for only a short time before going somewhere else

garden(s) – n. an area of ground where plants such as flowers or vegetables are grown

doorbell – n. a hollow usually cup-shaped metal object that makes a ringing sound when it is hit inside a house or building that is rung usually by pushing a button beside an outside door

ragged – adj. in bad condition especially because of being torn

chair(s) – n. a seat for one person that has a back and usually four legs

looking-glass – n. a piece of glass that reflects images

wall-paper – n. thick decorative paper used to cover the walls of a room

fireplace – n. a specially built place in a room where a fire can be built

finger – n. one of the five long parts of the hand that are used for holding things

weep(ing) – v. to cry because you are very sad or are feeling some other strong emotion

corner(s) – n. the point or area where two lines, edges, or sides of something meet

gaslight – n. a device that uses gas as fuel to produce light

  • Listen to the story.

  • Watch the video and read along.

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/3437474/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

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