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.

  • officer – a person in the military who commands others; any person who is a member of a police force
  • official – a person with power in an organization; a representative of an organization or government; of or about an office; approved by the government or someone in power
  • often – many times
  • oil – a thick liquid that does not mix with water and that burns easily; a black liquid taken from the ground and used as fuel
  • old – not young or new; having lived or existed for many years
  • on – above and held up by; touching the upper surface of (“The book is on the table.”); supported by (“He is on his feet.”); about (“The report on the meeting is ready.”); at the time of (“He left on Wednesday.”)
  • once – one time only
  • only – being the single one or ones; no more than (“We have only two dollars.”)
  • open – to start (“They opened talks.”); not closed; not secret
  • operate – to do work or a job; to cut into the body for medical reasons
  • opinion – a belief based on one’s own ideas and thinking
  • oppose – to be against; to fight against
  • opposite – different as possible; completely different from; exactly the other way (“North is the opposite direction from south.”)
  • oppress – to make others suffer; to control by the use of unjust and cruel force or power
  • or – giving another of two choices; giving the last of several choices
  • orbit – to travel in space around a planet or other object; the path or way an object travels in space around another object or planet
  • order – to give a command; to tell someone what to do; a command; the correct or normal way things are organized; a peaceful situation in which people obey laws
  • organize – to put in order; to put together into a system
  • other – different; of another kind; the remaining one or ones of two or more “>(“That man is short; the other is tall.”)
  • our – of or belonging to us
  • oust – to force to leave; to remove by force
  • out – away from the inside; opposite of in
  • over – above; covering; across, in or on every part of (“all over the world”)
  • overthrow – to remove from power; to defeat or end by force
  • owe – to pay or have to repay (usually money) in return for something received
  • own – to have or possess for oneself

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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