Welcome to Vocabulary Year 3 of American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea. In this lesson we will study American English vocabulary compliments of the VOA Wordbook, a dictionary of over 1,500 highly-used words.  Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your vocabulary, which will help your comprehension and communication skills. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

Part 1 Directions:  Listen to the audio and read along the vocabulary words and definitions 2-3 times.  If needed, use the translation feature to translate the vocabulary words and definitions in your primary language.

  • alcohol – a strong, colorless liquid, usually made from grain, used as a drug or in industrial products
  • alive – having life; not dead
  • all – everything; everyone; the complete amount
  • ally – a nation or person joined with another for a special purpose
  • almost – a little less than completely
  • alone – separated from others
  • along – near or on (“along the road”)
  • already – before now; even now
  • also – added to; too
  • although – even if it is true that
  • always – at all times; every time
  • ambassador – a nation’s highest diplomatic representative (to another government)
  • amend – to add to or to change (a proposal or law)
  • ammunition – the bullets or shells fired from guns
  • among – in or part of (a group)
  • amount – the number, size or weight of anything
  • anarchy – a lack of order; lawlessness
  • ancestor – a family member from the past
  • ancient – very old; long ago
  • and – also; in addition to; with
  • anger – a strong emotion against someone or something
  • animal – a living creature that moves, such as a dog or cat
  • anniversary – a yearly celebration or observance of an event that happened in the past
  • announce – to make known publicly; to declare officially
  • another – one more; a different one
  • answer – a statement produced by a question; to make a statement after being asked a question
  • any – one or more of no special kind
  • apologize – to express regret for a mistake or accident for which one accepts responsibility
  • appeal – to take to a higher court, person or group for a decision; to call on somebody for help
  • appear – to show oneself; to come into sight; to seem
  • appoint – to name; to choose (“appoint a judge”)
  • approve – to agree with; to agree to support
  • archeology – the scientific study of past human life and activities
  • area – any place or part of it
  • argue – to offer reasons for or against something; to dispute; to disagree
  • arms – military equipment; weapons
  • army – military ground forces
  • around – on every side (of)
  • arrest – to seize a person for legal action; to take as a prisoner
  • arrive – to come to a place, especially at the end of a trip
  • art – expressions or creations by humans, such as paintings, music, writing or statues
  • artillery – big guns

Part 2 Directions:  Take out your notebook or a sheet of paper and a pen.  Watch the video below to take the vocabulary test for this lesson and check your level of understanding of this vocabulary lesson.

Part 3 Directions: Now that you’ve completed this vocabulary lesson, use the comments section below to share your thoughts about what you’ve learned.

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