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.

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.

  • give – to present to another to keep without receiving payment
  • glass – a hard, clear material that is easily broken, used most often for windows or for containers to hold liquids
  • go – to move from one place to another; to leave
  • goal – that toward which an effort is directed; that which is aimed at; the end of a trip or race
  • god – the spirit that is honored as creator of all things (“They believe in God.”); a spirit or being believed in many religions to have special powers
  • gold – a highly valued yellow metal
  • good – pleasing; helpful; kind; correct; not bad
  • goods – things owned or made to be sold
  • govern – to control; to rule by military or political power
  • government – a system of governing; the organization of people that rules a country, city or area
  • grain –the seed of grass plants used for food, such as wheat, rice and corn; those plants that produce the seeds
  • granddaughter –the daughter of a person’s daughter or son
  • grandfather – the father of a person’s father or mother
  • grandmother – the mother of a person’s father or mother
  • grandson – the son of a person’s daughter or son
  • grass – a plant with long, narrow, green leaves
  • gray – having the color like that made by mixing black and white
  • great – very large or more than usual in size or number; very good; important
  • green – having the color like that made by mixing yellow and blue; having the color like that of growing leaves and grass
  • grind – to reduce to small pieces by crushing
  • ground – land; the earth’s surface; soil
  • group – a number of people or things together; a gathering of people working for a common purpose
  • grow – to develop or become bigger; to increase in size or amount
  • guarantee – to promise a result; to promise that something will happen
  • guard – to watch and protect a person, place or thing (“He guards the president.”); a person or thing that watches or protects (“He is a prison guard.”)
  • guerrilla – a person who fights as part of an unofficial army, usually against an official army or police
  • guide – to lead to; to show the way; one who shows the way
  • guilty – having done something wrong or in violation of a law; responsible for a bad action
  • gun – a weapon that shoots bullets


  • hair – the fine material that grows from the skin, especially from the head
  • half – one of two equal parts of something
  • halt – to come or cause to come to a stop; to stop
  • hang – to place something so the highest part is supported and the lower part is not; to kill by hanging

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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