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. 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. So, this is all good practice and will help your language skills. All these definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary, which is highly recommended for English language learners.

Word Definition
dessert sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal
food the things that people and animals eat
type a particular kind or group of things or people
serve to give (food or drink) to someone at a meal, in a restaurant, etc.
simple not hard to understand or do
deep having a large distance to the bottom from the surface or highest point
oil a liquid substance that comes from a plant or animal, that contains fat, and that is used in cooking
cook to prepare (food) for eating especially by using heat
egg a hard-shelled oval thing from which a young bird is born
ice frozen water
sweet containing a lot of sugar
milk a white liquid produced by a woman to feed her baby or by female animals to feed their young
freeze to be become a hard substance (such as ice) because of cold
cake a sweet baked food made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and other ingredients (such as eggs and butter)
sugar a sweet substance usually in the form of white or brown crystals or white powder that comes from plants and is used to make foods sweeter
bread a baked food made from a mixture of flour and water
cream the thick part of milk that rises to the top: the part of milk that contains fat
mixture something made by combining two or more ingredients
pot a deep, round container that is used for cooking
cheese a yellow or white solid food that is made from milk

Words in context

Here is an article you can read which uses all these vocabulary words in context. It is from the Simple English Wikipedia, a great resource for English language users. The article to read is: Dessert. As you read this article, think about how the words are used, especially this week’s words. Sometimes you can hold your mouse over a word to see a picture and definition for the word.

Use your words!

When you learn new words, it’s important to use them in order to help remember them. On the Vocab Victor YouTube Channel, you can join a conversation using these words. Type a question using one of the vocabulary words, such as, “What is your favorite dessert?” Then, answer a question someone else has given. Come back to this page later to see if people have answered your question!

Idioms and phrases

Now that you know the basic meaning of these words and how to use, here are some common idioms or phrases with some of these these words.

Word Idiom Meaning
food junk food Food that is not very healthy
fast food Food that you buy from a restaurant like McDonald’s that is made quickly
food and drink A common phrase (“collocation”) is to use “food and” something, such as “food and drink” or “food and water”
type to be someone’s type In romance and dating, someone’s “type” is the type of person they commonly date or are attracted to
cake piece of cake Refers to something that is easy. “The test wasn’t hard; it was a piece of cake!”
cream cream of the crop The best thing or things of a type, such as the top students in a class


We’ve prepared a worksheet for you to practice these words. The worksheet contains, puzzles, games, and quizzes for you to keep the learning fun and interesting. Download the worksheet here.

Download Vocab Victor

Finally, download our app Vocab Victor which is available for Apple and Android phones. This vocabulary learning software will help you build and strengthen your vocabulary. What does that mean? Build and strengthen. Build vocabulary means it will teach you new words. Strengthen means it will improve the knowledge of the words you already know. Play Vocab Victor for a few minutes every day to help improve your English!

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