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.

  • circle – a closed shape that has all its points equally distant from the center, like an “O”
  • citizen – a person who is a member of a country by birth or by law
  • city – any important large town
  • civilian – not military
  • civil rights – the political, economic and social rights given equally to all people of a nation
  • claim – to say something as a fact
  • clash – a battle; to fight or oppose
  • clean – to make pure; free from dirt or harmful substances (“clean water”)
  • clear – easy to see or see through; easily understood
  • clergy – a body of officials within a religious organization
  • climate – the normal weather conditions of a place
  • climb – to go up or down something by using the feet and sometimes the hands
  • clock – a device that measures and shows time
  • close – to make something not open; near to
  • cloth – a material made from plants, chemicals, animal hair and other substances
  • clothes – what people wear
  • cloud – a mass of fog high in the sky
  • coal – a solid black substance used as fuel
  • coalition – forces, groups or nations joined together
  • coast – land on the edge of the ocean
  • coffee – a drink made from the plant of the same name
  • cold – not warm; having or feeling great coolness or a low temperature
  • collect – to bring or gather together in one place; to demand and receive (“collect taxes”)
  • college – a small university
  • colony – land controlled by another country or government
  • color – the different effects of light on the eye, making blue, red, brown, black, yellow and others
  • combine – to mix or bring together
  • come – to move toward; to arrive
  • command – to order; to have power over something
  • comment – to say something about; to express an opinion about something
  • committee – a group of people given special work

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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