This may be your first visit to the vocabulary activities glossary or maybe you are returning for the second of fifth time. Either way, welcome and enjoy the numerous words to be found here.
The words are divided by story. Each story title is a link to the original vocabulary activities story where you can listen to the audio and access the original transcripts as well.
Have fun and enjoy your English.
I was upset to hear the president backtracked on his new policy.
My boyfriend enjoys bothering me.
break the tension
No one was speaking so I asked my mother about her day, to break the tension.
My boyfriend and I broke up in Italy.
When you teach English, you need to learn how to deal with people making mistakes.
My mother will never disclose what happened that night.
I live in Spain; far away from my family in Canada.
I told the thief to get away from me.
I would hate to lose a friend over something as petty as money.
My mother’s comment really ruffled some feathers in the family.
I don’t like to over drink, as you lose all sovereignty.
I do not need a lot of stuff in my life.
The woman was stunned when her boyfriend proposed to her (will you marry me?)
Tearing someone’s ideas apart is not a nice thing to do.
The amount of people that visit my site daily really does create a sense of wonder!
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I am an animal lover. I love animals and want to get a dog.
I remember how my university professor used to bash my writing.
I always try to avoid being condescending, especially when I teach English.
I felt bad that I could not console my friend when her cat died.
The poor kitten cowered in the corner. It was scared of me.
Words can really affect and even crush your dreams (crush something. Don’t let them.
My dilemma is that I have to choose between living with the man I love and seeing my family frequently.
That was the dumbest movie I have ever seen.
I love playing with new gadgets; like my new digital recorder.
I haven’t experience much hellfire in my life.
Sometimes I get lonely when I think about my family and friends in Canada.
I love my digital recorder because it is 100% portable.
In my last job I didn’t speak out when I thought I wasn’t being treated well.
I had to toughen up, during my last job.
A lot of singers are just wanna-bes.
It was a total coincidence that Paco and I were both in Tarifa at the same time.
Kittens are lovely creatures.
The sign for the pharmacy is flashing
I was wondering what was going on upstairs because of all the noise.
Your smile could light up a room.
I looked around and realized that I was alone.
Despite the rain, the sun shined on.
That person seemed a little strange.
I need to turn my computer off at night.
I turn my computer on in the morning.
Using an mp3 player and headphones is a great way to incorporate your vocabulary activities into your daily routine.
I have only ever cheated on a test once (when I was 13). Never again!
I like to look at a situation from every angle, before making a decision.
Last night I gave in and went out for dinner with my parents, even though I didn’t want to.
I hope that you will never give up in your quest for learning English.
In order to improve your English faster you should try to find some good learning habits.
Hang on a minute, the phone is ringing.
My credit card was hidden in my wallet.
I try not to procrastinate but procrastinating is sometimes hard to avoid.
I have never been called a quitter.
You should seek out a friend who speaks English so you can practice.
Stealing is wrong.
strike a deal
I would like to strike a deal with Air Canada, to get cheap flights for the rest of my life.
1. Valuable or precious possessions of any kind.
I have a couple treasures in my life, that I would miss greatly if someone stole them from me.
Every person is unique; just like snow flakes.
My car accelerates very well.
zero in on (something)
I’d like to zero in on your mistakes.
I hope that you have enjoyed using your English vocabulary. Activities like these, where you use English in an interesting way, are great for learning, remembering and applying new words in context.
Vocabulary activities do not need to come from a textbook. You can create your own but collecting interesting material from newspapers, magazines, online articles and the news and highlighting all of the words that you do not understand.
Then once you know the meaning and usuage I highlly recommend writing a couple of your own examples to make the idea stay in your mind.
Using real examples from your life will dramatically improve the chances of remembering the word in the future.
Start with these vocabulary activities and then create your very own.
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