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.

  • honest – truthful; able to be trusted
  • honor – to obey; to show strong, good feelings for (“to honor one’s parents”); an award; an act of giving special recognition (“He received many honors for his efforts to help others.”)
  • hope – to expect; to believe there is a good chance that something will happen as wanted; to want something to happen
  • horrible – causing great fear; terrible
  • horse – a large animal often used for racing, riding or farm work
  • hospital – a place where sick or injured people are given medical care
  • hostage – a person captured and held as a guarantee that a demand or promise will be honored
  • hostile – ready to fight; ready for war
  • hot – having or feeling great heat or a high temperature
  • hotel – a building with rooms, and often food, for travellers
  • hour – a measure of time; sixty minutes
  • house – a building in which people live; a country’s parliament or lawmaking group (“House of Representatives”)
  • how – in what way; to what amount
  • however – yet; but
  • huge – very big; of great size
  • human – of or about people
  • humor – the ability to understand, enjoy or express what makes people laugh
  • hunger – the need for food
  • hunt – to search for animals to capture or kill them; to seek; to try to find
  • hurry – to do or go fast
  • hurt – to cause pain, injury or damage
  • husband – a man who is married


  • I – the person speaking
  • ice – frozen water
  • idea – a thought or picture in the mind; a belief
  • identify – to recognize someone or something and to say who or what they are
  • if – on condition; provided that (“I will go if you go.”)
  • illegal – not legal; in violation of a law
  • imagine – to make a picture in the mind; to form an idea
  • immediate – without delay; very near in time or place
  • immigrant – a person who arrives in a country to live there
  • import – to bring from another country; something brought from another country, usually for sale

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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