English vocab: week-3

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NEW FEATURE! I will add “Parts of speech” section to some words. It is important to know the different forms of the word in order to use it in different situations. The parts of speech will be included in the quiz.

When I ask you to write an example, you can use the word in any part of speech you like. Isn’t that awesome! 🙂


Word: Catastrophe

Synonym: disaster

Parts of speech: catastrophic (adj.)

Example: 1. My exam results were catastrophic! ㅠㅠ ; Example 2. Hunger is a humanitarian catastrophe.

Tip: It is always used negatively.


 Remember: Always search for other examples to better understand how to use the words.

Remember-2: You’re awesome! 🙂


WARNING To my friends in S-대: all of you have to score minimum 7 out of 10. If ANY one scores lower than that, I will stop the quizzes on EVERYONE. Therefore, please 제발, help each other and study together.


______________ Week 3 vocabulary: ______________ 

Audio file: http://j.mp/suhail_q3

1-  survive (v.): To continue living  despite danger, difficulty or illness. (despite = in spite of = even though. eg “He danced despite his illness”).

Parts of speech: survival (n.), survivor: The surviving person (n.).

Example: 1) After getting lost in the desert, Suhail survived by eating plants. 2) A huge storm hit the village. The impact was catastrophic . Only one family survived.


2-  shrink (v.): To become smaller (in size), fewer (in amount) or less in value. (v2. shrank, v3. shrunk).

Parts of speech: shrinkage (n.)

Example: 1) The shirt shrank when it was washed. 2) The town’s population shrank during the war. 3) The treatment should shrink the tumor.


3-  adjust (v.): To change; to adapt or get used to something. (v2 & v3: adjusted).

Synonym: change; adapt (depending on the context).

Parts of speech: adjustment (n.), adjustable (Adj.)

Example: 1) When I arrived to Korea, I adjusted my watch to the Korean time zone. 2) Learning Korean is hard, but I am adjusting.


4-  feasible (adj.): possible to do; capable of being done.

Synonym: possible; worthwhile.

Parts of speech: feasibility (n.); feasibly (adv.)

Example: 1) The government is looking for a feasible way to minimize unemployment. 2) It is not feasible for me until now to go to work using a helicopter. It would be cool though!

Tip: In Business, there is a popular term called “feasibility study” which is a study done before making a business, to make sure that it is feasible.

5- implement (v.): To begin doing or using (something, such as a plan); to carry out. (v2 & v3: implemented).

Parts of speech: implementation (n.); implementer or implementor (n.). (Both spellings are used, but “implementor” is more popular).

Example: 1) We need to implement a new teaching method in order to improve students’ results. 2) They won the game because they implemented a smart strategy.


6- maintenance (n.): The act of keeping something in a good condition.

Parts of speech: . maintain (v.)

Example: 1) My building is very bad due to years of poor maintenance. 2) He maintained scoring high in quizzes.

Tip: In companies, the department responsible for checking the plumbing (water flow in the building), electricity and Air Conditioning is called “Maintenance department”.


7-  rotate (v.): To turn around in a circular (=like a circle) movement. (v2 & v3: rotated).

Parts of speech: rotation (n.).

Example: To open the door, insert the key then rotate it clockwise.

Tip: Sometimes, you will see the words: “clockwise” and “counter-clockwise” after the word “rotate”. Clockwise means the same movement as the clock. As in this pictures:





8-  source (n.): someone or something that provides what is wanted or needed   the origin or cause (starting point) of something  ;  a person or a book or a website that gives information.

Parts of speech: source (v.)

Example: 1) To know the truth, media should not be your only source of information.      2) I heard a strange sound. Where is the source of that strange sound?     3) Suhail: “Tomorrow everyone in Seoul will receive a free pizza!” Juno: “This is crazy! What’s your source?” Suhail: “A reliable source”. Juno: “I don’t believe it, I think your source is your head”.


9-  gap (n.): a space between two people or things ; a hole ; a difference between two things or two pieces of information.

Example: 1) There is a huge gap between my country’s exports and imports. 2) The garden’s gates are closed. But there is a gap in the fence, we can get inside from it!

Tip: There is a song called “A gap in the fence”, this is the album’s cover:



10- intervene (n.): To come between two times or two events. To become involved in something after it starts and before it ends. (v2 & v3: intervened).

Synonym: interfere ; interrupt

Parts of speech: intervention (n.).

Example: 1) We will end the project on time unless some crisis intervenes. 2) Our friend is in love with a bad girl. We have to intervene to make him think again about her.

Tip: When a person is doing a wrong thing for a long time without thinking about it, and getting worse , then his or her friends should intervene:






You can listen to this American radio station “National Public Radio (NPR)” to improve your pronunciation and accelerate your learning:

You have plenty of time in the bus, subway or while walking to work. Even if you don’t understand what they say, keep listening. Your brain will learn.


Links to previous lessons:

Week-2: click here

Week-1: click here




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