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.

  • program – a plan of action; the different events or parts of a meeting or show
  • progress – movement forward or toward improvement or a goal
  • project – a planned effort to do something
  • propaganda – ideas or information used to influence opinions
  • property – anything owned by someone such as land, buildings or goods
  • propose – to present or offer for consideration
  • protect – to guard; to defend; to prevent from being harmed or damaged
  • protest – to speak against; to object
  • prove – to show to be true
  • provide – to give something needed or wanted
  • public – of or about all the people in a community or country; opposite private
  • publication – something that is published such as a book, newspaper or magazine
  • publish – to make public something that is written; to include something in a book, newspaper or magazine
  • pull – to use force to move something toward the person or thing using the force; opposite push
  • pump – to force a gas or liquid up, into or through
  • punish – to cause pain, suffering or loss for doing something bad or illegal
  • purchase – to buy with money or with something of equal value; n. that which is bought
  • pure – free from anything that is different or that reduces value; clean
  • purpose – the reason or desired effect for doing something; goal
  • push – to use force to move something away from the person or thing using the force; opposite pull
  • put – to place; to set in position


  • quality – that which something is known to have or be (“An important quality of steel is its strength.”); amount of value or excellence (“Their goods are of the highest quality.”)
  • question – to ask; to express wonder or disbelief; a sentence or word used in asking for information; a problem; an issue to be discussed
  • quick – fast
  • quiet – with little or no noise; having little or no movement; calm

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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