Episode Summary: I talk about how Frederick Douglass learned to read and how being a life-long learner can improve our lives.  

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Frederick Douglass bio (0:38)
  2. Reading vs Watching T.V. (8:55)
  3. Freedom in the word (12:01)
  4. Seek Knowledge (15:35)
  5. Recap (18:49)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Understatement (noun): the presentation of something as being smaller or less good or important than it really is.
  2. Errand (noun): a short journey undertaken in order to deliver or collect something, especially on someone else’s behalf.
  3. Oppression (noun): prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority.
  4. Denunciation (noun): public condemnation of someone or something.
  5. Vindication (noun): the action of clearing someone of blame or suspicion.
  6. Ardently (noun): very enthusiastically or passionately.
  7. Abolitionist (noun: a person who favours the abolition of a practice or institution, especially capital punishment or (formerly) slavery.
  8. Acquainted (verb): make someone aware of or familiar with.
  9. Feat (noun): an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.
  10. Deliverance (noun): the action of being rescued or set free.
  11. Squiggle (noun): a short line that curls and loops in an irregular way.
  12. Emergence (noun): the process of coming into existence or prominence.
  13. appreciation (noun): recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. to rise above: to not allow oneself to be hurt or controlled by (something bad or harmful)
  2. to quote someone: repeat or copy out (words from a text or speech written or spoken by another person).
  3. to be guilty of something: Someone guilty has done something wrong or illegal. And when you do something wrong, you feel guilty — bad or sorry — about it.
  4. take advantage of someone: If someone takes advantage of you, they treat you unfairly for their own benefit.
  5. in the long run: over or after a long period of time; eventually.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect pronoun) He attended speeches by William Lloyd Garrison who was… NOT which was…

Comprehension Questions:

  1. How many times did Frederick Douglass see his mother in his life?
  2. How did Frederick Douglass learn to read?
  3. Who was the publisher of the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator?
  4. Why was the publishing of the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, such an important accomplishment?
  5. What are some of the benefits of reading books?


Question to consider:

How has reading books impacted your life?


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