3.46.1: 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.

  • traffic – the movement of people, vehicles or ships along a street, road or waterway
  • tragic – extremely sad; terrible
  • train – to teach or learn how to do something; to prepare for an activity; n. an engine and the cars connected to it that move along a railroad
  • transport – to move goods or people from one place to another
  • transportation – the act or business of moving goods or people
  • trap – to catch or be caught by being tricked; to be unable to move or escape; a device used to catch animals
  • travel – to go from one place to another, usually for a long distance
  • treason – the act of fighting against one’s own country or of helping its enemies
  • treasure – a large collection of money, jewels or other things of great value
  • treat – to deal with; to act toward in a special way; to try to cure
  • treatment – the act of treating; the use of medicine to try to cure or make better
  • treaty – a written agreement between two or more nations
  • tree – a very tall plant that is mostly wood, except for its leaves
  • trial – an examination in a court of a question or dispute to decide if a charge is true
  • tribe – a group of families ruled by a common chief or leader
  • trick – to cheat; to fool a person so as to get something or make him or her do something
  • trip – a movement from one place to another, usually a long distance
  • troops – a number of soldiers in a large controlled group
  • trouble – that which causes concern, fear, difficulty or problems
  • truce – a temporary halt in fighting agreed to by all sides involved
  • truck – a heavy vehicle used to carry goods
  • true – correct; not false
  • trust – to believe that someone is honest and will not cause harm
  • try – to make an effort; to take court action against a person to decide if he or she is guilty or innocent of a crime
  • tube – a long, round structure through which liquids or gases can flow; a long, thin container in which they can be kept
  • turn – to change direction; to move into a different position; to change color, form or shape


  • under – below; below the surface of; less than; as called for by a law, agreement or system (“The river flows under the bridge.” “Such action is not permitted under the law.”)

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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