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1000 Word Challenge - Week 24

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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. 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
expense the amount of money that is needed to pay for or buy something
scene the place of an event or action
neck the part of the body between the head and the shoulders
dependent needing someone or something else for support, help, etc.
alarm a feeling of fear caused by a sudden sense of danger
cry to shout or say something loudly
appearance the way that someone or something looks
damage physical harm that is done to something or to someone’s body
abuse to treat (a person or animal) in a harsh or harmful way
aware feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)
ugly unpleasant to look at; not pretty or attractive
rat a person who is bad or cruel
lift to move (something or someone) to a higher position; raise
blood the red liquid that flows through the bodies of people and animals
mirror a piece of glass that reflects images
grasp to take and hold (something) with your fingers, hands, etc.
parallel very similar and often happening at the same time
usual done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases; normal or regular
notion an idea or opinion
equilibrium a state of emotional balance or calmness


Words in context - Jane Eyre

This week, Dr. Heidi reads the second part of the first chapter of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This book was written in 1847, so the writing may be a little different from what you are used to. Were you able to understand parts to the story:

The characters:

  • Jane (the narrator = The person telling the story)
  • Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed (the other children)
  • Bessie (the nurse)
  • Mama (Eliza, John, and Georgiana’s mother)

Jane’s life in the house:

  • John Reed, an older child in the house, interrupts her reading and makes her approach him.
  • John insults her, hits her, and throws a book at her!
  • When Jane responds, she gets in trouble.

The language in this book is worth studying; you can download the reading here:

Thanks to Paul Nation and his colleagues, who have replaced some of the difficult vocabulary with easier words that mean the same thing!!!

We won’t be reading any more of this novel; if you want to read the entire book yourself you can download it here:

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 in the comments section using one of the vocabulary words, such as, “When did something happen to you that was unfair?” Then, answer a question someone else has given. Come back to this page later to see if people have answered your question!

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! Read more about Vocab Victor at our page for students, Vocab Victor - Students.


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