3.49.2: 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. Part 1

Words in This Story

microscope – n. a device used to make very small things look larger so they can be studied

lens – n. a clear curved piece of glass or plastic that is used to make things look clearer, smaller, or bigger

magnify – v. to make (something) appear larger

ignorant – adj. lacking knowledge or information

carat – n. a unit for measuring the weight of jewels (such as diamonds) that is equal to 200 milligrams​

enormous – adj. very great in size or amount

  • Study the American English vocabulary below. Part 2 of 2.

Words in This Story

Anton Leeuwenhoek – a Dutch tradesman and scientist, best known for his work on the development and improvement of the microscope and also for his contribution towards the study of microbiology

carat – n. a unit for measuring the weight of jewels (such as diamonds) that is equal to 200 milligrams

drunk – adj. having drunk so much alcohol that normal actions (such as talking, thinking, and moving) become difficult to do

commit – v. to do (something that is illegal or harmful)

drop – n. a very small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape​

wrinkle – n. a small line or fold that appears on your skin as you grow older — usually plural

  • Listen to the story. Part 1

  • Listen to the story. Part 2 of 2

  • Watch the video and read along. Part 1

  • Watch the video and read along. Part 2 of 2

  • Take the short story quiz.

Take the quiz: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/fitz-james-o-brien-the-diamond-lens-part-two/2850651/p1.html?isEmbedded=True

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