4000 Essential English Words 3 Paul Nation
Unit 4 Word List
When a plant blooms, it makes flowers.
→ Roses look so pretty when they bloom.
If something is compact, it is smaller than normal.
→ A laptop computer is much more compact than a desktop model.
A curl is a small piece of something with a round shape.
→ The colorful ribbons were bent into curls.
To decay is to be destroyed naturally.
→ The old wooden house was slowly decaying.
Dessert is a sweet food that you eat after a meal.
→ Kayla wants ice cream for dessert.
To dip something is to put part of it into a liquid for a short time.
→ Laurel dipped her strawberry into the chocolate.
If something is distant, it is far away.
→ Michael could barely see the distant island.
An eclipse is an occasion when the moon moves in front of the sun.
→ A complete eclipse of the sun is a very rare occurrence.
A fairy is a small, magic creature with wings.
→ There are usually fairies in fantasy stories.
Grace is a quality of moving in a smooth, relaxed and attractive way.
→ The ballerina danced with grace.
Leisure is time when you do not have to do work.
→ Eve likes to listen to music in her leisure time.
Mankind is all of the world's people.
→ All of mankind has to work to make this a better world.
Passion is a very strong feeling of wanting to do something.
→ She had a passion for dancing.
A pillow is something that you put your head on when you sleep.
→ When I travel, I usually take along my favorite pillow.
A pulse is the beat of the heart.
→ The doctor checked the patient's pulse by feeling his wrist.
To refresh someone is to make them feel less hot or tired.
→ The baby was refreshed after taking a cool bath.
To sneeze is to suddenly blow air out of your nose and mouth.
→ He sneezed after smelling the flower.
A spice is a flavor for food and drinks.
→ Two common spices found in many homes are salt and pepper.
To whistle is to make a sound by putting your lips together and blowing.
→ As he was listening to music, Daryl whistled.
Wool is the hair that a sheep has.
→ Grandma wants to use the blue wool to knit me a sweater.
In a distant land, there was a kingdom where fairies lived. Tina was a fairy. She had yellow curls and wore a dress made of wool. She always moved with grace. However, because of her compact size, she was scared of mankind.
One day, there was an eclipse of the sun. The fairies didn't know what was happening. They were scared, so they ran away.
Tina looked for a place to hide. She found a garden with flowers blooming. Tina had a passion for flowers. She decided to hide there. She became sleepy and made a pillow with some leaves. She whistled happily as she worked, and she fell asleep.
Suddenly, somebody sneezed. The sound woke Tina up. She saw a very big face looking at her! Tina was so scared that she couldn't move. She could feel her pulse going very fast.
The big woman went into her house. When she came back, she gave Tina a cup.
The woman sat on the ground among some decaying leaves. Tina dipped a finger in the cup and tasted it. It was tea with all kinds of delicious spices it. Tina felt refreshed after drinking the tea.
I'm Wilma, the lady said. "I spend all my leisure time in my garden cutting flowers. Would you like some dessert?"
Tina said yes. She was hungry, and she wasn't frightened anymore. She took a bite of cake and relaxed. "How did you get to my garden?"
Tina told Wilma how she got lost.
That's terrible! Let us take you home.
Actually, I think that I want to stay with you, Tina said. She wasn't scared of big people anymore. Wilma and Tina lived happily ever after.