Vocabulary Course

Do you want to improve your English? Do you want to learn English online for free?

Expand your vocabulary with Vocab Victor’s free vocabulary course! Follow along with Vocab Victor’s creator Dr. Heidi as she teaches you about 20 new English words a week. These English lessons will let you learn American English online. Videos post every Monday!

1000 Word Challenge - Week 25

This week, Dr. Heidi talks about soccer. She talks about some linguistic and cultural differences regarding soccer in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world, and talks about the game and the Women’s World cup. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Words for Week 25 Here are the 20 words for week 25. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 24

This week practice your listening and reading skills as Dr. Heidi finishes reading from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The language in this book is a little more challenging than previous lessons, but the writing is very beautiful. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Words for Week 10 Here are the 20 words for week 10. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 23

This week, Dr. Heidi shows you how to play two American games, Monopoly and Scrabble! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! The next two games I want to show you are both American games and when I was doing research for this video I learned something. Both of these games were invented in the 1930’s!  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 22

This week, Dr. Heidi shows you some of her favorite board games. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! So, before there was television. Before there was radio, and way before there was the Internet people played games. So I wanted to show you some some of my favorite board games.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 21

This week, join Moxie as she gets a bath!!! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! As you know, we really love our dog Moxie. But sooner or later, everybody needs a bath! That’s right, Moxie is stinky, which means she smells bad, so today John and our intern Kinny are taking her to the Doggy Wash, which is across the street from our office.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 20

This week, Dr. Heidi and Victor talk about the rest of the new features in Version 3 of Vocab Victor, especially our new word list feature! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! Hi Victor. Hi Dr. Heidi. So, let’s talk some more about Version 3. Last week, you told me about some great new features: It’s a little easier to finish tower levels.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 19

This week, Dr. Heidi and Victor talk about the exciting new features that will be coming up in Version 3 of Vocab Victor. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! Hi, Victor! Hi, Dr. Heidi. So, Victor, what are the new things that are happening in Version 3?  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 18

This week, Dr. Heidi talks about how to use your motivation for language learning to set goals and habits to achieve those goals! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! The last four weeks I talked about reading, listening, speaking and writing. It’s important to focus on these specific skills, but when it comes to improving your English there’s one more thing I want you to think about, because it will help you in your progress: motivation.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 17

This week, Dr. Heidi gives you some tips on how to write great compositions! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! I’m very excited to talk about writing, because I love writing, but there’s only one problem: I only have about ten minutes, and I could talk about writing for hours!  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 16

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? This week Dr. Heidi explains why speaking is so important, and gives you tips on how to build your confidence to speak! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! Speaking in a language you don’t know very well can be very hard, but it’s extremely important.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 15

Do you want to improve your English skills using resources on the Internet? This week Dr. Heidi tells how to improve your listening skills in English! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Links to listening resources Here are some web sites which will let you practice your English listening skills by offering interesting content that you can read while listening: ESL Bits ESOL Courses VOA Learning English BBC Learning English This week’s text!  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 14

Do you want to improve your English skills using resources on the Internet? Starting this week, Dr. Heidi shows you how you can use web sites to improve your skills: Reading Listening Writing Speaking This week we’ll focus on using web sites such as Wikipedia Simple English to read interesting content that is at the right level for you! Did you know there’s a Simple English Wikipedia article about Tetris?  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 13

Do you like vegetables? This week, Dr. Heidi talks about her weekly vegetable box service. Which vegetables will we get? The vegetables come from our local delivery service, https://www.localharvestdelivery.com/ and provides fresh vegetables directly from farmers. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! Here I am at the website of Local Harvest Delivery which is my local vegetable delivery service.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 12

This week, Dr. Heidi, John and Moxie return to the Humane Society to get interviewed for a local TV show. The series is called Animal Zone, and the interview is about our experience adopting Moxie from the Humane Society. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! Well, here’s Moxie on the couch.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 11

This week, Dr. Heidi, Victor, and John Underhill travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2019 TESOL convention! Learn about our experiences demonstrating our app to teachers, and also our cultural experiences in Atlanta. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. This week’s text! Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words! This year vocab Victor was proud and excited to travel from California to Atlanta, Georgia for the TESOL International Convention.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 10

This week practice your listening and reading skills as Dr. Heidi continues reading from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The language in this book is a little more challenging than previous lessons, but the writing is very beautiful. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Words for Week 10 Here are the 20 words for week 10. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 9

This week Dr. Heidi and her dog Moxie visit the local Humane Society so Moxie can get a shot! 🐕 💉 New vocabulary words are in red; words from previous weeks are in green. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Week 9 Activity If you want to learn more about the Humane Society we visited in this week’s video, check out their web site: https://www.sbhumanesociety.org/  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 8

This week Dr. Heidi and “Victor” give a short presentation on the Vocab Victor game Word Find. Learn 20 new words, including some of the videos you see in the game! Listen to the presentation carefully, and read the captions below. New vocabulary words are in red; words from previous weeks are in green. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Week 8 Presentation Here is the text of the demonstration Dr.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 7

This week Dr. Heidi gives a short presentation using 20 words from the New General Service List. Listen to the presentation carefully, and read the captions on the white board. New vocabulary words are in red; words from previous weeks are in green. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Week 7 Presentation Here is the text of the presentation Dr. Heidi gives at the beginning of the video.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 6

This week practice your listening and reading skills as Dr. Heidi reads from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The language in this book is a little more challenging than previous lessons, but the writing is very beautiful. Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Words for Week 6 Here are the 20 words for week 6. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 5

This week follow Dr. Heidi on a nature walk in a park in California. Learn words related to nature, and pracitce your words from the previous weeks! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Words for Week 5 Here are the 20 words for week 5. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 4

This week you’ll learn some nouns that can be made into adjectives by adding a -y to the end. As usual, we’ll have two main parts. First, I’ll give you the definitions for this weeks’ words. Next, I’ll show you a video story that uses these words. This week, the video story will star my new friend, little Heidi! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below. Be sure to watch the video to the end for a funny outtake!  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 3

This week we have a special surprise for you! Join Victor and Dr. Heidi as they open this box for a surprise activity! Watch this week’s video on YouTube below: Words for Week 3 Here are the 20 words for week 3. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2019 thousand word challenge! Last week you learned 20 words, this week we will continue with 20 more words! We’ll also review some of last week words! Last week we learned words related to dessert, and I have to tell you something. It made me hungry! This week, I decided to make a dessert, so we’re going to have a cooking video. I will be making chocolate pudding using chia seeds.  [read more]

1000 Word Challenge - Week 1

Welcome to the thousand word challenge! This course will teach you 20 English words a week all year. Learn the words, then follow Dr. Heidi’s tips on remembering your new vocabulary. The theme of the week is dessert, which is a sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal. Week 1 lesson on YouTube: Words for week 1 Here are the 20 words for week 1.  [read more]