3.37.1: 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.

  • ruin – to damage severely; to destroy
  • rule – to govern or control; to decide; a statement or an order that says how something must be done
  • run –to move quickly by steps faster than those used for walking


  • sabotage – to damage or destroy as an act against an organization or nation (“The rebels sabotaged the railroad.”)
  • sacrifice – to do without something or to suffer a loss for a belief, idea, goal or another person
  • sad – not happy
  • safe – away from harm or danger
  • sail – to travel by boat or ship
  • sailor – a person involved in sailing a boat or ship
  • salt – a white substance found in sea water and in the ground, used to affect the taste of food
  • same – not different; not changed; like another or others
  • sand – extremely small pieces of crushed rock found in large amounts in deserts and on coasts
  • satellite – a small object in space that moves around a larger object; an object placed in orbit around the earth
  • satisfy – to give or provide what is desired, needed or demanded
  • save – to make safe; to remove from harm; to keep for future use
  • say – to speak; to express in words
  • school – a place for education; a place where people go to learn
  • science – the study of nature and the actions of natural things, and the knowledge gained about them
  • sea – a large area of salt water, usually part of an ocean
  • search – to look for carefully
  • season – one of the four periods of the year that is based on the earth’s position toward the sun (spring, summer, autumn, winter); a period of time based on different weather conditions (“dry season”, “rainy season”); a period during the year when something usually happens (“baseball season”)
  • seat – a thing to sit on; a place to sit or the right to sit there (“a seat in parliament”)
  • second – the one that comes after the first
  • secret – something known only to a few and kept from general knowledge; hidden from others; known only to a few
  • security – freedom from danger or harm; protection; measures necessary to protect a person or place (“Security was increased in the city.”)
  • see – to know or sense through the eyes; to understand or know
  • seed – the part of a plant from which new plants grow

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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