Exercise 1: Vocabulary: prepare for first modal verb can video


Lesson 15, Exercise 1 - Vocabulary before watching the video.

Vocabulary Part 1/3 for the First of 3 'Can' Sections
Learn the vocabulary for the "Can you play a musical instrument?" videos and exercises.

Vocabulary Term Definition and Audio
can
auxiliary verb

to be able to, to know how to
clarinet
countable noun


Both a full shot and close-up of a clarinet, a musical instrument in the woodwind family
a musical instrument (woodwind family)
violin
countable noun


This violin is a member of the family of stringed instruments.
a musical instrument (treble instrument, family of bowed stringed instruments)

countable noun


This recorder is a member of the woodwind family.
a musical instrument (woodwind family)
piano
countable noun


This piano is a musical instrument in which hammers, operated from a keyboard, strike metal strings
a musical instrument in which hammers, operated from a keyboard, strike metal strings
guitar
countable noun


The guitar is a stringed musical instrument with a long neck
a stringed musical instrument with a long neck

dreadful
adjective

Example:

The last interviewee
in this section
is Helen.

Helen is a dreadful singer. She sings badly.



We see a dreadful (horrible) singer. A person who can't sing at all.
extremely bad, unpleasant, or ugly
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