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 🇨🇦
- Frederick Douglass bio (0:38)
- Reading vs Watching T.V. (8:55)
- Freedom in the word (12:01)
- Seek Knowledge (15:35)
- Recap (18:49)
- Understatement (noun): the presentation of something as being smaller or less good or important than it really is.
- Errand (noun): a short journey undertaken in order to deliver or collect something, especially on someone else’s behalf.
- Oppression (noun): prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority.
- Denunciation (noun): public condemnation of someone or something.
- Vindication (noun): the action of clearing someone of blame or suspicion.
- Ardently (noun): very enthusiastically or passionately.
- Abolitionist (noun: a person who favours the abolition of a practice or institution, especially capital punishment or (formerly) slavery.
- Acquainted (verb): make someone aware of or familiar with.
- Feat (noun): an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.
- Deliverance (noun): the action of being rescued or set free.
- Squiggle (noun): a short line that curls and loops in an irregular way.
- Emergence (noun): the process of coming into existence or prominence.
- appreciation (noun): recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
Phrases to Remember:
- to rise above: to not allow oneself to be hurt or controlled by (something bad or harmful)
- to quote someone: repeat or copy out (words from a text or speech written or spoken by another person).
- 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.
- take advantage of someone: If someone takes advantage of you, they treat you unfairly for their own benefit.
- 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…
- How many times did Frederick Douglass see his mother in his life?
- How did Frederick Douglass learn to read?
- Who was the publisher of the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator?
- Why was the publishing of the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, such an important accomplishment?
- What are some of the benefits of reading books?
Question to consider:
How has reading books impacted your life?
- How Frederick Douglass learned to read
- Reading books vs. watching TV — is one really better for us?
- How my mother overcame many obstacles and got an education
- 50 Most Common Mistakes Germans Make in English
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