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April 7, 2010

Vocabulary to Know

Filed under: announcements,lessons,vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 3:45 am

Vocabulary will definitely be on the test.

I give you a definition. You write the word or phrase.


__________ : (noun) a sport from Japan in which people fight using fast, hard hits with the hands or feet

Unit 3: Health

meditate: (verb) to think calm thoughts for a long period in order to relax or as a religious activity

yoga: (noun) a set of exercises for the mind and body, based on the Hindu religion

asthma: (noun) an illness which makes it difficult to breathe

bruise: (noun) a dark area on your skin where you have been hurt

bloodshot eyes: when your eyes are red in the part that should be white

burn: (noun) a place where fire or heat has damaged or hurt something

constipation: (noun) when you are unable to empty your bowels as often as you should

bowels: (noun) the long tubes that carries solid waste from your stomach out of your body)

cut: (noun) an injury made when the skin is cut with something sharp (e.g. a knife)

insomnia (noun) when you find it difficult to sleep

itchy eyes: (noun) when your eyes feel uncomfortable and you want to rub them

nausea: (noun) the unpleasant feeling of wanting to vomit

vomit: (verb) when food or liquid that was in your stomach comes up and out of your mouth

rash: (noun) a group of small, red spots on the skin

runny nose: when your nose is producing liquid all the time

sprain (verb) to injure part of your body by twisting it, but not so badly that it breaks

sunburn: (noun) when your skin becomes painful and red from being in the sun too long

bee: (noun) a flying insect that has a yellow and black body and makes honey (honey = sweet, sticky food)

sting: (noun) a painful wound that you get when an insect, plant, etc puts poison into your skin

vinegar: (noun) a sour liquid that is used in cooking, often made from wine

Unit 2: Interests

journalism: (noun) the work of writing articles for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio

meditate: (verb) to think calm thoughts for a long period in order to relax or as a religious activity

martial art: (noun) traditional skills of fighting, especially from East Asia

e.g. tae-kwon-do, from Korea; karate, from Japan

knit: (verb) to make clothes using wool and two long needles to join the wool into rows

sew: (verb) to join things together with a needle and thread

crochet: (verb) to make clothes and other items using wool and a special needle with a hook at one end

enthusiastic: (adjective) having a lot of enthusiasm

enthusiasm: (noun) a lot of intereste in something and wanting very much like to be involved in it

Unit 1: Making Friends

neighbourhood: (noun) an area of a town or city that people live in; area around your home

get together: (phrasal verb) to meet in order to do something or spend time together

afford: (verb) can afford = to have enough money to buy something or enough time to do something

e.g. I can’t afford a new car. = I don’t have enough money to buy a new car.

allergic: (adjective) when you have a medical condition in which your body reacts badly to something that you eat, breathe, or touch

e.g. I’m allergic to cats. When a cat is near, I get a runny nose.

broke: (adjective) not have any money

noisy: (adjective) when people or things make a lot of loud, unpleasant sounds

wreck: (verb) to destroy or damage something completely

review: (noun) a report in a newspaper, magazine, or programme that gives an opinion about a new book, film, etc.

karate: (noun) a sport from Japan in which people fight using fast, hard hits with the hands or feet

vegetarian: (noun) someone who does not eat meat (some eat fish)

can’t stand sby/sth = to hate someone or something

work out: (phrasal verb) to do exercises to make your body stronger

gym: (noun) a building with equipment for doing exercises; similar to HEALTH CLUB

odd: (adjective) strange or unusual

avoid: (verb) to stay away from a person, place, situation, etc.

e.g. I try to avoid the topic of politics. = I try not to talk about politics.



  1. i think you put u on the middle of o and r

    the correct word is neighbourhood not.. the neighbourhood

    Comment by JEONGA HAN — April 15, 2010 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  2. In British spelling, sometimes an “u” is added.

    –> neighbourhood

    Comment by richardlstansfield — April 26, 2010 @ 1:05 am | Reply

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