Fun Easy English Classroom June 17


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

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

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.
  • hair - n. the fine material that grows from the skin, especially from the head
  • half - n. one of two equal parts of something
  • halt - v. to come or cause to come to a stop; to stop
  • hang - v. to place something so the highest part is supported and the lower part is not; to kill by hanging
  • happen - v. to become a fact or event; to take place
  • happy - ad. pleased; satisfied; feeling good; not sad
  • hard - ad. not easily cut or broken; solid; difficult to do or understand; needing much effort or force
  • harm - v. to injure; to damage; n. damage; hurt
  • harvest - v. to gather crops; n. the crop after it is gathered
  • hat - n. a head cover
  • hate - v. to have strong emotions against; to consider as an enemy; opposite love
  • have - v. to possess; to own; to hold
  • he - pro. the boy or man who is being spoken about
  • head - v. to lead; to command; n. leader; chief; the top part of something; the highest position
  • headquarters - n. the center from which orders are given; the main offices of a business or organization
  • heal - v. to return to good health; to cure; to become well
  • health - n. the general condition of the body and mind; the condition of being free from sickness or disease
  • hear - v. to receive sound through the ears; to receive news about
  • heat - v. to make hot or warm; n. great warmth; that which is produced by burning fuel; energy from the sun
  • heavy - ad. having much weight; not easy to lift; of great amount or force
  • helicopter - n. a machine without wings that can fly up or down or remain in one place above the ground
  • help - v. to give support; to assist; to make easier; n. support; aid
  • here - ad. in, to or at this place
  • hero - n. a person honored for being brave or wise
  • hide - v. to prevent from being seen or found; to make secret
  • high - ad. tall; far up; far above the ground; important; above others
  • hijack - v. to seize or take control of a vehicle by force
  • hill - n. a small mountain
  • history - n. the written record or description of past events; the study of the past
  • hit - v. to strike; to touch with force
  • hold - v. to carry or support, usually in the hands or arms; to keep in one position; to keep as a prisoner; to contain; to possess; to occupy; to organize and be involved in ("The two sides hold talks this week.")
  • hole - n. an opening; a torn or broken place in something
  • holiday - n. a day when one does not work; a day on which no work is done to honor or remember a person or event
  • holy - ad. greatly honored in religion
  • home - n. the building where a person lives, especially with family; the place where one was born or comes from; the area or country where one lives
  • honest - ad. truthful; able to be trusted
  • honor - v. to obey; to show strong, good feelings for ("to honor one's parents"); n. an award; an act of giving special recognition ("He received many honors for his efforts to help others.")
  • hope - v. to expect; to believe there is a good chance that something will happen as wanted; to want something to happen
  • horrible - ad. causing great fear; terrible
  • horse - n. a large animal often used for racing, riding or farm work
  • hospital - n. a place where sick or injured people are given medical care
  • hostage - n. a person captured and held as a guarantee that a demand or promise will be honored
  • hostile - ad. ready to fight; ready for war
  • hot - ad. having or feeling great heat or a high temperature
  • hotel - n. a building with rooms, and often food, for travelers
  • hour - n. a measure of time; sixty minutes
  • house - n. a building in which people live; a country's parliament or lawmaking group ("House of Representatives")
  • how - ad. in what way; to what amount
  • however - conj. yet; but
  • huge - ad. very big; of great size
  • human - ad. of or about people
  • humor - n. the ability to understand, enjoy or express what makes people laugh
  • hunger - n. the need for food
  • hunt - v. to search for animals to capture or kill them; to seek; to try to find
  • hurry - v. to do or go fast
  • hurt - v. to cause pain, injury or damage
  • husband - n. a man who is married
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 H

The videos on this page came from the VOA, Voice of America, News Words program. Use the Fun Easy English dictionary for a detailed explanation of words you do not understand. Click the full screen button on the video to make it easier to watch and to read the video script.
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Advanced 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 20 - How Old Are You?
(Advanced - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
How Old Are You?

PATTY: I’m really excited for Aunt Mary’s surprise birthday party this afternoon! Aren’t you?

SUSAN: Yeah! How old is she?

PATTY: She’ll be 55 on May 14 [fourteenth].

SUSAN: Wow! I didn’t know that my mom was older — she’s going to be 57 on September 2 [second]. Anyway, Aunt Mary’s going to be so surprised to see us all here!

PATTY: I know! But we still have to get all the food set up before she gets here … OK! We’re all ready now. Shh! She’s here!

ALL: Surprise!
Conversation Notes
  • I’m really excited … Notice the emphasis on “really.” “Really” is used to emphasize the adjective “excited” here.
  • Birthday party Notice that the normal stress for a compound noun falls on the first element of the compound.
  • Aren’t you? This negative tag is used to show that the speaker expects a positive answer. Patty assumes that Susan is also looking forward to the party.
  • She’ll be 55 Notice that “55” is stressed here. This detail answers the question “How old is she?”
  • Fourteenth Notice that we use “th” for ordinal numbers, starting with 4 [but first, second and third]. The stress is on the second syllable [fourTEENTH]. Compare this with “fortieth: 40th” [FORtieth].
  • She’s going to be ... Notice how this is pronounced like “gonna be.” Instead of four syllables “go/ing/to/be” there are three syllables “ga/na/be.”
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation

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