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.

  • cancer – a disease in which dangerous cells grow quickly and destroy parts of the body
  • candidate – a person who seeks or is nominated for an office or an honor
  • capital – the official center of a government; the city where a country’s government is
  • capitalism – an economic system in which the production of most goods and services is owned and operated for profit by private citizens or companies
  • capture – to make a person or animal a prisoner; to seize or take by force; to get control of
  • car – a vehicle with wheels used to carry people; an automobile; a part of a train
  • care – to like; to protect; to feel worry or interest
  • careful – acting safely; with much thought
  • carry – to take something or someone from one place to another
  • case (court) – a legal action
  • case (medical) – an incident of disease (“There was only one case of chicken pox at the school.”)
  • cat – a small animal that often lives with humans
  • catch – to seize after a chase; to stop and seize with the hands
  • cause – to make happen; the thing or person that produces a result
  • ceasefire – a halt in fighting, usually by agreement
  • celebrate – to honor a person or event with special activities
  • center – the middle of something; the place in the middle; a place that is the main point of an activity
  • century – one hundred years
  • ceremony – an act or series of acts done in a special way established by tradition
  • chairman – a person leading a meeting or an organized group
  • champion – the best; the winner
  • chance – a possibility of winning or losing or that something will happen
  • change – to make different; to become different
  • charge – to accuse someone of something, usually a crime; a statement in which someone is accused of something
  • chase – to run or go after someone or something
  • cheat –to get by a trick; to steal from
  • cheer – to shout approval or praise
  • chemicals – elements found in nature or made by people; substances used in the science of chemistry
  • chemistry – the scientific study of substances, what they are made of, how they act under different conditions, and how they form other substances
  • chief – the head or leader of a group; leading; most important
  • child – a baby; a boy or girl
  • children – more than one child
  • choose – to decide between two or more

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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