Fun Easy English Classroom June 20


Learn American
English vocabulary
beginning with
letter I
American English Vocabulary - Letter I

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

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.
  • I - pro. the person speaking
  • ice - n. frozen water
  • idea - n. a thought or picture in the mind; a belief
  • identify - v. to recognize someone or something and to say who or what they are
  • if - conj. on condition; provided that ("I will go if you go.")
  • ignore - v. to pay no attention to or refuse to consider ("The president ignored the protesters outside his office.")
  • illegal - ad. not legal; in violation of a law
  • imagine - v. to make a picture in the mind; to form an idea
  • immediate - ad. without delay; very near in time or place
  • immigrant - n. a person who arrives in a country to live there
  • import - v. to bring from another country; n. something brought from another country, usually for sale
  • important - ad. having great meaning, value or power
  • improve - v. to make better; to become better
  • in - prep. inside; held by; contained by; surrounded by; during
  • incident - n. an event or something that happens
  • incite - v. to urge or cause an action or emotion, usually something bad or violent
  • include - v. to have; to make a part of
  • increase - v. to make more in size or amount
  • independent - ad. not influenced by or controlled by another or others; free; separate
  • individual - n. one person
  • industry - n. any business that produces goods or provides services; the work and related activity in factories and offices; all organizations involved in manufacturing
  • infect - v. to make sick with something that causes disease
  • inflation - n. a continuing rise in prices while the value of money goes down
  • influence - v. to have an effect on someone or something; to cause change
  • inform - v. to tell; to give knowledge to
  • information - n. knowledge; facts
  • inject - v. to force a fluid into, such as putting medicine or drugs into the body through the skin
  • injure - v. to cause harm or damage to a person or animal
  • innocent - ad. not guilty of a crime; not responsible for a bad action
  • insane - ad. mentally sick
  • insect - n. a very small creature, usually with many legs and sometimes with wings
  • inspect - v. to look at something carefully; to examine, especially by an expert
  • instead - ad. in the place of; taking the place of
  • instrument - n. a tool or device designed to do something or to make something
  • insult - v. to say something or to do something that makes another person angry or dishonored
  • intelligence - n. the ability to think or learn; information gathered by spying
  • intelligent - ad. quick to understand or learn
  • intense - ad. very strong; extremely serious
  • interest - n. what is important to someone ("He acted to protect his interests." "She had a great interest in painting."); a share in owning a business; money paid for the use of money borrowed
  • interfere - v. to get in the way of; to work against; to take part in the activities of others, especially when not asked to do so
  • international - ad. of or about more than one nation or many nations; of the whole world
  • Internet - n. the extensive communications system that connects computers around the world
  • intervene - v. to come between; to come between in order to settle or solve
  • invade - v. to enter an area or country by force with an army
  • invent - v. to plan and make something never made before; to create a new thing or way of doing something
  • invest - v. to give money to a business or organization with the hope of making more money
  • investigate - v. to study or examine all information about an event, situation or charge; to search for the truth
  • invite - v. to ask someone to take part in or join an event, organization or gathering
  • involve - v. to take part in; to become a part of; to include
  • iron - n. a strong, hard metal used to make machines and tools
  • island - n. a land area with water all around it
  • issue - n. an important problem or subject that people are discussing or arguing about
  • it - pro. a thing, place, event or idea that is being spoken about ("The sky is blue, but it also has a few white clouds.")
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 I

The videos on this page came from the VOA, Voice of America, News Words program. Use the Fun Easy English dictionary for a detailed explanation of words you do not understand. Click the full screen button on the video to make it easier to watch and to read the video script.
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Additional Lessons
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Advanced Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
Conversation Lesson 23 - What’s Your Favorite Sport?
(Advanced - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
What’s Your Favorite Sport?

PHIL: What time is that soccer game on? I thought it started at noon.

JACK: We must have had the wrong time. Oh, well … soccer’s not my favorite sport anyway. I much prefer basketball.

PHIL: Oh, really? I thought your favorite sport was tennis! I’m a big fan of basketball, too.

JACK: How about a game sometime?

PHIL: Sure thing! Why don’t we go shoot some hoops now since the soccer game isn’t on?

JACK: Excellent idea. Let’s go.
Conversation Notes
  • What time is that soccer game on? means “When does the soccer game start?” “What time” plus something plus “on” is a common expression used to ask about the start time of a TV show or a movie.
  • I much prefer basketball here means “I like basketball a lot more than soccer.” Notice how “much” is stressed to show that the speaker really likes basketball.
  • Oh, really? Notice the rising intonation on “really.” This shows that the speaker is surprised. He thought that Jack liked tennis the best.
  • I’m a big fan of basketball is a way of saying “I like basketball very much” (“to be a fan of” is a casual expression used to describe something you really like).
  • How about a game here means “Let’s play a basketball game.”
  • Sure thing! This is a casual expression used to mean “OK.”
  • Shoot some hoops means to play an informal game of basketball. This is a casual expression used between friends.
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation

This is a collection of 30 situational conversations which focus on a wide variety of communicative and natural encounters in English....these lessons are for beginning students.

This is a collection of 36 situational conversations which focus on spoken American English in a relatively natural way....these lessons are for intermediate students.

English conversation lessons. 52 lessons covering pronunciation, speaking, writing, and grammar topics....these lessons are for beginning students.

English conversation lessons. 30 lessons focusing mostly on communication and grammar topics....these lessons are for intermediate students.
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Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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