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Fun Easy English Classroom April 30


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

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

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.
  • cabinet - n. a group of ministers that helps lead a government
  • call - v. to give a name to ("I call myself John."); to ask for or request ("They called for an end to the fighting.")
  • calm - ad. quiet; peaceful; opposite tense
  • camera - n. a device for taking pictures
  • camp - n. a place with temporary housing
  • campaign - n. a competition by opposing political candidates seeking support from voters; a connected series of military actions during a war
  • can - v. to be able to; to have the right to; n. a container used to hold liquid or food, usually made of metal
  • cancel - v. to end; to stop
  • cancer - n. a disease in which dangerous cells grow quickly and destroy parts of the body
  • candidate - n. a person who seeks or is nominated for an office or an honor
  • capital - n. the official center of a government; the city where a country's government is
  • capture - v. to make a person or animal a prisoner; to seize or take by force; to get control of
  • car - n. a vehicle with wheels used to carry people; an automobile; a part of a train
  • care - v. to like; to protect; to feel worry or interest
  • career - n. a chosen profession; a person’s working life ("The actor’s career lasted for thirty years.")
  • careful - ad. acting safely; with much thought
  • carry - v. to take something or someone from one place to another
  • case (court) - n. a legal action
  • case (medical) - n. an incident of disease ("There was only one case of chicken pox at the school.")
  • cat - n. a small animal that often lives with humans
  • catch - v. to seize after a chase; to stop and seize with the hands
  • cause - v. to make happen; n. the thing or person that produces a result
  • ceasefire - n. a halt in fighting, usually by agreement
  • celebrate - v. to honor a person or event with special activities
  • center - n. the middle of something; the place in the middle; a place that is the main point of an activity
  • century - n. one hundred years
  • ceremony - n. an act or series of acts done in a special way established by tradition
  • chairman - n. a person leading a meeting or an organized group
  • champion - n. the best; the winner
  • chance - n. a possibility of winning or losing or that something will happen
  • change - v. to make different; to become different
  • charge - v. to accuse someone of something, usually a crime; n. a statement in which someone is accused of something
  • chase - v. to run or go after someone or something
  • cheat - v. to get by a trick; to steal from
  • cheer - v. to shout approval or praise
  • chemicals - n. elements found in nature or made by people; substances used in the science of chemistry
  • chemistry - n. the scientific study of substances, what they are made of, how they act under different conditions, and how they form other substances
  • chief - n. the head or leader of a group; ad. leading; most important
  • child - n. a baby; a boy or girl
  • children - n. more than one child
  • choose - v. to decide between two or more
  • circle - n. a closed shape that has all its points equally distant from the center, like an "O"
  • citizen - n. a person who is a member of a country by birth or by law
  • city - n. any important large town
  • civilian - ad. not military
  • civil rights - n. the political, economic and social rights given equally to all people of a nation
  • claim - v. to say something as a fact
  • clash - n. a battle; v. to fight or oppose
  • class - n. a group of students who meet to study the same subject; also, a social or economic group. ("They were members of the middle class.")
  • clean - v. to make pure; ad. free from dirt or harmful substances ("clean water")
  • clear - ad. easy to see or see through; easily understood
  • clergy - n. a body of officials within a religious organization
  • climate - n. the normal weather conditions of a place
  • climb - v. to go up or down something by using the feet and sometimes the hands
  • clock - n. a device that measures and shows time
  • close - v. to make something not open; ad. near to
  • cloth - n. a material made from plants, chemicals, animal hair and other substances
  • clothes - n. what people wear
  • cloud - n. a mass of fog high in the sky
  • coal - n. a solid black substance used as fuel
  • coalition - n. forces, groups or nations joined together
  • coast - n. land on the edge of the ocean
  • coffee - n. a drink made from the plant of the same name
  • cold - ad. not warm; having or feeling great coolness or a low temperature
  • collapse - v. to fall down or inward suddenly; to break down or fail suddenly in strength, health or power. ("The building collapsed in the earthquake.” “The government collapsed after a vote in parliament.")
  • collect - v. to bring or gather together in one place; to demand and receive ("collect taxes")
  • college - n. a small university
  • colony - n. land controlled by another country or government
  • color - n. the different effects of light on the eye, making blue, red, brown, black, yellow and others
  • combine - v. to mix or bring together
  • come - v. to move toward; to arrive
  • command - v. to order; to have power over something
  • comment - v. to say something about; to express an opinion about something
  • committee - n. a group of people given special work
  • common - ad. usual; same for all ("a common purpose")
  • communicate - v. to tell; to give or exchange information
  • community - n. a group of people living together in one place or area
  • company - n. a business organized for trade, industrial or other purposes
  • compare - v. to examine what is different or similar
  • compete - v. to try to do as well as, or better than, another or others
  • complete - ad. having all parts; ended or finished
  • complex - ad. of or having many parts that are difficult to understand; not simple
  • compromise - n. the settlement of an argument where each side agrees to accept less than first demanded
  • computer - n. an electronic machine for storing and organizing information, and for communicating with others
  • concern - n. interest, worry ("express concern about"); v. to fear ("to be concerned")
  • condemn - v. to say a person or action is wrong or bad
  • condition - n. something declared necessary to complete an agreement; a person's health
  • conference - n. a meeting
  • confirm - v. to approve; to say that something is true
  • conflict - n. a fight; a battle, especially a long one
  • congratulate - v. to praise a person or to express pleasure for success or good luck
  • Congress - n. the organization of people elected to make the laws of the United States (the House of Representatives and the Senate); a similar organization in other countries
  • connect - v. to join one thing to another; to unite; to link
  • conservative - n. one who usually supports tradition and opposes great change
  • consider - v. to give thought to; to think about carefully
  • constitution - n. the written general laws and ideas that form a nation's system of government
  • contact - n. the act of touching or being close to a person or thing ("He was in contact with animals that had the disease.") v. to meet or communicate with ("He wanted to contact his local official.")
  • contain - v. to hold; to include
  • container - n. a box, bottle or can used to hold something
  • continent - n. any of the seven great land areas of the world
  • continue - v. to go on doing or being
  • control - v. to direct; to have power over
  • convention - n. a large meeting for a special purpose
  • cook - v. to heat food before eating it
  • cool - ad. almost cold
  • cooperate - v. to act or work together
  • copy - v. to make something exactly like another; n. something made to look exactly like another
  • corn - n. a food grain
  • correct - ad. true; free from mistakes; v. to change to what is right
  • corruption - n. actions taken to gain money or power that are legally or morally wrong
  • cost - n. the price or value of something ("The cost of the book is five dollars."); v. to be valued at ("The book costs five dollars.")
  • cotton - n. a material made from a plant of the same name
  • count - v. to speak or add numbers
  • country - n. a nation; the territory of a nation; land away from cities
  • court - n. where trials take place; where judges make decisions about law
  • cover - v. to put something over a person or thing; n. anything that is put over a person or thing
  • cow - n. a farm animal used for its milk
  • crash - v. to fall violently; to hit with great force
  • create - v. to make; to give life or form to
  • creature - n. any living being; any animal or human
  • credit - n. an agreement that payments will be made at a later time
  • crew - n. a group of people working together
  • crime - n. an act that violates a law
  • criminal - n. a person who is responsible for a crime
  • crisis - n. an extremely important time when something may become much better or worse; a dangerous situation
  • criticize - v. to say what is wrong with something or someone; to condemn; to judge
  • crops - n. plants that are grown and gathered for food, such as grains, fruits and vegetables
  • cross - v. to go from one side to another; to go across
  • crowd - n. a large number of people gathered in one place
  • crush - v. to damage or destroy by great weight; to defeat completely
  • cry - v. to express or show sorrow or pain
  • culture - n. all the beliefs, traditions and arts of a group or population
  • cure - v. to improve health; to make well ("The doctor can cure the disease."); n. something that makes a sick person well ("Antibiotics are a cure for infection.")
  • curfew - n. an order to people to stay off the streets or to close their businesses
  • current - n. movement of air, water or electricity; ad. belonging to the present time ("She found the report in a current publication.")
  • custom - n. a long-established belief or activity of a people
  • customs - n. taxes on imports
  • cut - v. to divide or injure with a sharp tool; to make less; to reduce
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 C

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Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Intermediate 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 8 - Near Accident
(Intermediate - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Near Accident

Quinn: How about that!

Kerwin: What? What happened?

Quinn: Did you see what that guy did?

Kerwin: No. I was looking the other way.

Quinn: He made a U­turn right in the middle of the block and almost hit a kid on a bicycle.

Kerwin: Drivers get crazier every day!

Quinn: Right. Nobody wants to drive by the rules anymore!
Conversation Notes
  • Near accident
  • almost an accident
  • How about that
  • Just consider what happened!
  • guy
  • man
  • I was looking the other way
  • I was looking in the opposite direction
  • U­turn
  • turn a vehicle such as a car or truck in the shape of a U
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 30 situational conversations. Each conversation is accompanied by language notes....these lessons are for advanced 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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Avoid Ineffective Study Methods

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Improve Your Pronunciation by Training Your Ears

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Improve Your Long-Term Memory by Spacing Practice

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