3.34.1: Year 3 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

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.



  • race –to run; to take part in a competition to decide who or what can move fastest; to take part in a campaign for political office; one of the major groups that humans can be divided into because of a common physical similarity, such as skin color
  • radar – a device that uses radio signals to learn the position or speed of objects that may be too far away to be seen
  • radiation – waves of energy from something that produces heat or light; energy from a nuclear substance, which can be dangerous
  • radio – the system of sending and receiving signals or sounds through the air without wires
  • raid – to make a sudden attack; a sudden attack carried out as an act of war, or for the purpose of seizing or stealing something
  • railroad –road for trains; a company that operates such a road and its stations and equipment
  • rain – water falling from the sky
  • raise – to lift up; to move to a higher position; to cause to grow; to increase
  • rare – not common; not usual; not often
  • rate – speed; a measure of how quickly or how often something happens; the price of any thing or service that is bought or sold
  • reach – to put a hand toward; to arrive at; to come to
  • react – to act as a result of or in answer to
  • read – to look at and understand the meaning of written words or numbers
  • ready – prepared; completed; organized; willing
  • real – true; truly existing; not false
  • realistic – in agreement with the way things are
  • reason – the cause for a belief or act; purpose; something that explains
  • reasonable – ready to listen to reasons or ideas; not extreme; ready or willing to compromise
  • rebel – to act against a government or power, often with force; to refuse to obey; n. one who opposes or fights against the government of his or her country
  • receive – to get or accept something given, offered or sent
  • recent – a short time ago
  • recession – a temporary reduction in economic activity, when industries produce less and many workers lose their jobs
  • recognize – to know or remember something or someone that was known, known about or seen before; to accept another nation as independent and establish diplomatic ties with its government
  • record – to write something in order to have it for future use; to put sound or pictures in a form that can be kept and heard or seen again; a writing that shows proof or facts about something
  • recover – to get again something that was lost, stolen or taken away (“The police recovered the stolen money.”); to return to normal health or normal conditions She is expected to recover from the operation.”)

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.

2 thoughts on “3.34.1: Year 3 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Lesson 3.34.1: Year 3
    VOA, Vocabulary Lesson 34
    Followings are the new words for me in the lesson 34.
    1) Radar: Radar is a system that uses waves of energy to sense objects.
    2) Radiation: Radiation is energy that comes from a source and travels through space at the speed of light.
    3) Rebel: To fight against or refuse to obey an authority.
    4) Recession: A difficult time for the economy of a country when there is less trade and industry activity than usual, and more people are unemployed.

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