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Fun Easy English Classroom July 11


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beginning with
letter L
American English Vocabulary - Letter L

Today in the classroom you are going to learn some words you should know beginning with the letter L.
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American English Vocabulary - Letter L

The words on this page came from the VOA, Voice of America, Special English Word Book. Use the Fun Easy English dictionary for a more detailed explanation of each word.
  • labor - n. work; workers as a group
  • laboratory - n. a room or place where experiments in science are done
  • lack - v. to be without; n. the condition of needing, wanting or not having
  • lake - n. a large area of fresh water surrounded by land
  • land - v. to come to the earth from the air ("Airplanes land at airports."); n. the part of the earth not covered by water; the ground
  • language - n. words and their use; what people speak in a country, nation or group
  • large - ad. big; being of more than usual size, amount or number; opposite small
  • last - v. to continue ("The talks will last three days."); ad. after all others; the only one remaining ("She is the last person in line.")
  • late - ad. after the correct time; near the end; opposite early
  • laugh - v. to make sounds to express pleasure or happy feelings
  • launch - v. to put into operation; to begin; to send into the air or space
  • law - n. all or any rules made by a government
  • lead - v. to show the way; to command; to control; to go first
  • leak - v. to come out of or to escape through a small opening or hole (usually a gas or liquid)
  • learn - v. to get knowledge about; to come to know a fact or facts
  • leave - v. to go away from; to let something stay where it is
  • left - ad. on the side that is toward the west when one is facing north; opposite right
  • legal - ad. of or in agreement with the law
  • legislature - n. a government lawmaking group
  • lend - v. to permit someone to use a thing temporarily; to make a loan of money
  • less - ad. smaller in amount; not as much
  • let - v. to permit to do or to be; to make possible
  • letter - n. a message written on paper; a communication in writing sent to another person
  • level - n. the amount or height that something reaches or rises to; the position of something or someone
  • liberal - ad. one who usually supports social progress or change
  • lie - v. to have one's body on the ground or other surface; to say something that one knows is not true
  • life - n. the time between being born and dying; opposite death; all living things
  • lift - v. to take or bring up to a higher place or level
  • light - n. a form of energy that affects the eyes so that one is able to see; anything that produces light; ad. bright; clear; not heavy
  • lightning - n. light produced by electricity in the air, usually during a storm
  • like - v. to be pleased with; to have good feelings for someone or something; ad. in the same way as; similar to
  • limit - v. to restrict to a number or amount; n. the greatest amount or number permitted
  • line - n. a long, thin mark on a surface; a number of people or things organized; one after another; the edge of an area protected by military forces
  • link - v. to connect; to unite one thing or event with another; n. a relation between two or more things, situations or events
  • liquid - n. a substance that is not a solid or gas, and can move freely, like water
  • list - v. to put in writing a number of names of people or things; n. a written series of names or things
  • listen - v. to try to hear
  • literature - n. all the poems, stories and writings of a period of time or of a country
  • little - ad. not tall or big; a small amount
  • live - v. to have life; to exist; ad. having life; alive
  • load - v. to put objects on or into a vehicle or container; n. that which is carried
  • loan - n. money borrowed that usually must be returned with interest payments; something borrowed
  • local - ad. about or having to do with one place
  • lonely - ad. feeling alone and wanting friends; visited by few or no people ("a lonely man")
  • long - ad. not short; measuring from beginning to end; measuring much; for much time
  • look - v. to turn the eyes toward so as to see; to search or hunt for; to seem to be
  • lose - v. to have no longer; to not find; to fail to keep; to be defeated
  • loud - ad. having a strong sound; full of sound or noise
  • love - v. to like very much; to feel a strong, kind emotion (sometimes involving sex); n. a strong, kind emotion for someone or something; opposite hate
  • low - ad. not high or tall; below the normal height; close to the ground
  • loyal - ad. showing strong friendship and support for someone or something
  • luck - n. something that happens by chance
From YOUR Teacher: Words You Should Know

Fun Easy English Words You Should Know comes from  the VOA, Voice of America, Special English Word Book Vocabulary. Special English, now called Learning English, consists of 1,500 essential words which anyone learning English should know.
News Words - Letter L

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  • Travel America - Beginner Level. Do you love America and American English? Learn before you travel. Facts and other cool stuff about your favorite U.S. state. Great English reading practice.
Travel America - Illinois
(Beginner - Reading)

Learn some interesting facts and read interesting stories about Illinois.

Named for the Illinois Indians, Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. Its capital is Springfield, which is the home of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Flag of IllinoisIllinois State Flag

The first Illinois state flag was officially adopted in 1915, a result of the efforts of Mrs. Ella Park Lawrence and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Miss Lucy Derwent's design was selected from among 35 entries submitted by chapters of the D.A.R.

The Illinois flag features the central image of the state seal on a field of white (the Illinois seal features an eagle holding a banner in its beak with the state motto written on it; “State Sovereignty, National Union”). The current version of the Illinois state seal was authorized in 1867. August 26, 1818, is the date that the first Illinois Constitution was signed.

In 1969 the current flag design was approved (the word "ILLINOIS" was added, as well as the sun on Lake Michigan's horizon in the background).
Source: State Symbols USA
The great seal of the state of IllinoisIllinois State Facts

Picture: state seal of Illinois
State Capital Springfield
Nickname Land of Lincoln / Prairie State
Motto State sovereignty, national union.
Statehood December 3, 1818 (21st)
Origin of Name French version of an Algonquin Indian for "warriors"
Largest Cities Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Springfield, Peoria
Border States Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin
Area 55,593 sq. mi.; 24th largest
State Bird Cardinal
State Flower Native Violet (viola)
State Tree White Oak (quercus alba)
State Song Illinois
Map showing the location of IllinoisTravel and tourism site for Illinois - This state travel and territorial tourism site provides ideas for your vacations, meetings, and more.
Illinois Stories
Chicago Botanic Garden

When you think of big urban centers like New York City, Washington, D.C., or Chicago you probably don't think of gardens. But each of these cities has a wonderful botanic garden amid their skyscrapers and monuments.

In 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden opened to teach lessons of nature that can be applied to our own lives. The garden is actually made up of 23 different gardens that visitors may walk through, including the English Walled Garden, the Midwestern Prairie, the Circle Garden, an Educational Greenhouse, a Fruit and Vegetable Garden, a Rose Garden and a Japanese Garden.

The Children's Garden, which was formed when the Botanic Garden opened, offers Chicago schoolchildren the opportunity to try planting, weeding and harvesting. In the Endangered Species Garden visitors can see native plants that are threatened with extinction. There is plenty of wildlife in the gardens as well. There have been sightings of bats, deer, woodchucks, bullfrogs and snapping turtles. There is even a "Big Bugs" exhibit.
Early Movies in Chicago

Did you know that before the movie industry moved to Hollywood it had its beginnings in New York City and Chicago, Illinois? If the "windy city" of Chicago seems like an odd place to make movies, (or motion pictures, as they were commonly called), it actually made a lot of sense at the time. The reason the film industry started in these cities is because there were plenty of trained professionals (acrobats, dancers, actors, and stagehands) from vaudeville, the performing arts theater that was popular at the turn of the century.

The types of vaudeville acts that worked the best for early films were called "dumb" acts. In this film, a baboon "plays" a violin, a dog jumps rope and a donkey plays at biting and kicking two men. Can you guess why they were called "dumb" acts?

Early films were both short and silent, so "dumb" acts were acrobatic or animal acts that were entertaining without any dialogue or sound effects. "Dumb" acts were usually at the beginning or end of a vaudeville show, when people were filing in or out of the theater and noise did not prevent others from enjoying the performance. The film on the previous page as well as the film on this one are typical of the kinds of early films produced in Chicago in the early 1900s.
Sears Catalog Homes

You probably receive many catalogs in the mail selling all types of things. But have you ever seen a catalog that sells houses?

Between 1908 and 1940, as many as 100,000 Americans bought their house from a Sears catalog! The houses would be shipped by railroad and would include about 30,000 parts - not counting the nails and screws. All of the major parts were there; the main thing you had to supply was the lot on which to build.

The tagline on the Sears catalog was "Sears...the selling of a dream." The great American dream has always been to be able to own a home of your own, and Sears made houses affordable to many people. In 1908, Model Number 107 sold for between $107 and $650, depending on the options chosen. Can you imagine being able to buy a home for only $107? In addition to saving money on materials, it is estimated that building a Sears house took only about 350 hours of carpenter labor, compared with 580 hours for a conventional house.

Many of these mail order houses were built in Downers Grove, Illinois. Today, historians of architecture study these homes, many of which have been unaltered since they were first built.
Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

Do you think you need to have special musical training to make a record? You don't if you are a member of the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus. A chorus is a group of singers who perform together.

Founded in 1964, the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus is an internationally known organization that provides any interested child with a fun choral music experience, regardless of musical background. For many of the children, the chorus is an opportunity to learn how to do something well. As one singer said, "Once, when we sang this really great concert, I knew it was the best thing I'd ever done." Here's what some of the other singers have said: "Chorus is the most special thing I do." "Chorus has shown me what it is to be excellent -- to do my best."

About 1,300 children in the Chicago area belong to the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, which has made several CDs, such as From Bach to Bebop, which features the music of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996). The Chorus's programs have served as models for similar groups in the United States since 1964.
Pride in Diversity: The Many Voices of the 9th District

How many ethnic groups can you name that are represented in your community? If your community is like much of the rest of the country, there are probably several. The United States is often referred to as a "melting pot" -- a place where people of many different ethnic groups and faiths live together. Because of this mix of people, the country is a more interesting than it would be if everyone were the same.

The 9th Congressional District of Illinois, part of which is in Chicago, is one of the most ethnically varied, or diverse, congressional districts in the country, with Russian, Indian, Polish, Pakistani, Latino, Haitian, and Cambodian people, among others. There is also a lot of religious diversity, with Jews, Muslims, and Christians all living together in their communities.

Many festivals in the 9th District celebrate "Pride in Diversity" and honor the differences between people and what makes us unique as a country.
Naper Settlement

Ever wonder what it was like to go to school in the 1800s? Well, if you want to travel back in time, all you have to do is go about 30 miles west of Chicago to Naper Settlement. There you will find an outdoor historic village that re-creates 19th century life.

Take a stroll down the road and you'll see Copenhagen Schoolhouse. Usually built as close to the center of town as possible, schoolhouses often served as the town's social center as well. Farm children from first grade through high school sat at desks in this one-room school and learned their lessons. In addition to all being in one room, all the students shared one teacher.

The teachers were expected to teach reading, writing and spelling; then, they could teach a variety of other subjects as they chose, including geography, history, moral values, manners, truth, and love of country. Lessons were taught mostly through memorization drills and spelling bees.

Would you like to have been in school during this time period?
Source: Library of Congress
National Forests and Monuments of Illinois

The following is a description of national forests and monuments in the state of Illinois. There are no national parks in this state. If you plan to visit or live in Illinois for awhile then you should definitely plan to visit some of these fantastic places.
National Forests

As Illinois's only National Forest, Shawnee is located in the southern part of the state and contains seven wilderness areas, including the Garden of the Gods. Among the many miles of hiking trails in the forest is the River to River Trail, which is 160 mi (260 km) long.
National Monuments

Built for the Pullman Company, it was the first planned industrial community in the United States and the site of the 1894 Pullman Strike.
Travel America
Travel America

Do you love America and American English? Learn before you travel. Facts and other cool stuff about your favorite U.S. state. Visit the Fun Easy English Travel America pages. Read about the beautiful National Forests, Parks, and Monuments. Great English reading practice.
Drive America

Planning to drive in America? Learn the rules and regulations. Great English reading practice.
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Avoid Ineffective Study Methods

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Improve Your Pronunciation by Training Your Ears

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Improve Your Long-Term Memory by Spacing Practice

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