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1000 Word Challenge - Week 9

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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/

Here is the text of the video:

Hello. I’m Dr. Heidi, creator of Vocab Victor,and welcome to week nine of the thousand word challenge. This week, we’re going to do something different and a little fun. We’re going to take my dog Moxie to visit the vet clinic, the animal clinic, where she’s going to get a shot. She needs this shot so that we can board her at the Humane Society – so that she can stay at the Humane Society – while we’re out of town. Because, if she doesn’t get the shot she might get the other animals sick, so we have to do this today.

So, you will get to meet Moxie and learn a little bit about the Humane Society where I live here in Southern California. So, stay tuned!

So, the first thing we have to do is wake Moxie up.It is almost 10 o’clock and she is still asleep in her crate, resting and taking a leisurely morning. So, Moxie it’s time to get up! Come on Sweetie. Come on Moxie.Moxie!

She’s happy to get up because she doesn’t know she’s going to the vet. It will be a surprise! Don’t tell her. There we are outside.Get a little exercise before we get in the car.

She thinks we’re going to the park. She thinks we’re going to go visit the office, but we’re not. So here we are in the car, and Moxie as you can see is ready to go. Poor Moxie. She thinks we’re going to the office to have fun, but we’re in fact going to the vet. She needs to get a shot but I forgot to make an appointment so I’m gonna go and try to ask them, please give us the shot, because she has to have it today. So, we’ll see you in a few minutes at the Humane Society.

So here we are at the Humane Society, which serves the animals of the county. This is where they bring stray animals animals that don’t have a home anymore or whose owners can’t take care of them, and they take care of the animals here and then find new homes for them.

And Moxie’s excited. She knows this place.It’s actually where we got Moxie!We adopted her from the Humane Society. We came here looking for a dog and it was love at first sight. She fell in love with us and we fell in love with her, so we took her home.

She’s a little excited right now because she hears the other dogs barking. Well, here we are at the clinic but they seem to be closed.The website said they’d be open at 10:00 but I don’t see anybody there so we’re going to look around a little bit.

She’s seeing all of her old friends!Oh. Look at that!The love! How long was she here? She was here for a couple months. So, we’re here at the clinic with Kerri, the executive director of the Humane Society who’s helping us get Moxie her shot.

Everybody here remembers Moxie and loves her a lot. Here we come!Good girl, Moxie! That was amazing! So good!

Thank you so much! Thank you so much. Thank you so much, Kerri.

“We could put her to work here as our greeter dog!”

So good! So can you tell me real quick, What’s the mission of the Humane Society? Sure. Our mission is to help as many animals, homeless animals, as we can to find their new home,and here at Santa Barbara Humane Society work here to help medically and emotionally with all the homeless animals. As you just, saw we have a veterinary clinic we do spays and neuters and vaccinations. We take in animals who don’t have a place to go and find them new, loving homes. We work with the community because they’re our partners, and our volunteers are fabulous, and we work together to make sure that these wonderful dogs like Moxie have their perfect home like she does now. Thank you so much!

Well, that was that! Thanks to Kerri and everybody at the Humane Society. Moxie was able to get her shot and now she’s good to go and be boarded at the Humane Society next week, when Vocab Victor goes to the TESOL International Conference. If you are a TESOL teacher who is going to Atlanta for the 2019 conference please visit our booth we would love to see you and talk to you about Vocab Victor and how we can help your students.

Reading this text and listening closely to the video will help you learn this week’s words!

Words for Week 9

Here are the 20 words for week 9. 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
office a building or room in which people work at desks doing business or professional activities
board to provide (someone) with daily meals and a place to live in exchange for money
adopt to take a child of other parents legally as your own child
shot an act of putting something (such as medicine or vaccine) into the body with a needle : injection
county an area of a state or country that is larger than a city and has its own government to deal with local matters
appointment an agreement to meet with someone at a particular time
homeless having no place to live
vet short for either veterinarian (an animal doctor), or veteran (someone who has fought in a war)
humane kind or gentle to people or animals
society a group of people who work together or regularly meet because of common interests, beliefs, or activities
leisurely not hurried : slow and relaxed
remember to have or keep an image or idea in your mind of (something or someone from the past)
love a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person
director a person who manages an organized group of people or a part of an organization (such as a school or business)
executive a person who manages or directs other people in a company or organization
sight the act of seeing someone or something
mission a task that you consider to be a very important duty
community a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
volunteer someone who does something without being forced to do it
vaccination to give (a person or an animal) a vaccine to prevent infection by a disease


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, “Do you have a pet?” Then, answer a question someone else has given. Come back to the page later to see if people have answered your question!

Practice!

Sorry, we don’t have a puzzle this week. 😢 Try to practice your words by using them in your speech!

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