Lesson 2.24.4 – Year 2 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

Here is Level 2, Lesson 24: “I Feel Super!” adapted from VOA Learning English.

  1. Listen, read, translate if needed, and practice along with the audio player and dialogue below.

ANNA: Hi! I see you like superhero culture. Me too.

ANNA: In fact, tonight I’m going to the big superhero convention. Are you going?

YOUNG MAN: Um, I don’t know.

ANNA: Well, you’d better decide soon. Last year, it sold out.

ANNA: So, since we’re talking about superheroes: would you rather become a superhero by accident, like Spiderman, or be born a superhero, like Wonder Woman?

ANNA: Take your time. It’s a big question. I thought about it for days –

YOUNG MAN: Okay. If I had to choose, I’d rather be born a superhero.

ANNA: I’d rather become a superhero by an unexpected accident!

YOUNG MAN: Aren’t all accidents unexpected?

ANNA: Well, yeah.

YOUNG MAN: What was that!? Are you okay?

ANNA: I’m better than okay. I feel super!

PROF. BOT: Oh No! Anna was just hit by lightning. She had better get help.

PROF. BOT: We use had better to give advice. It is very informal and stronger than should and ought to. For example, Anna says: “You’d better decide soon. Last year, it sold out.”

PROF. BOT: When we use had better, we usually shorten the word had for personal pronouns.

PROF. BOT: We use would rather to say what we or someone else prefers to do or have. For example, the boy says: “Okay. If I had to choose, I’d rather be born a superhero.

PROF. BOT: With would rather, we also shorten the word would when used with personal pronouns. Keep watching and listen for had better and would rather.

YOUNG MAN: You’d better see a doctor.

ANNA: I’ve never felt better!

YOUNG MAN: You were just struck by lightning!! And what happened to your hair and your clothes?

ANNA: I don’t know. Wait, I do know. This is my super suit! And this is my origin story.

YOUNG MAN: What are you talking about?

ANNA: An origin story tells the beginning of a superhero. You should know that.

YOUNG MAN: You’re not making any sense, lady.

ANNA: I would rather be called Lightning Bolt Lady! It’ll sound great in a theme song: Lightning Bolt Lady!

ANNA: Now, I need to find my superpowers —

YOUNG MAN: Um, I really think —

ANNA: Wait. Don’t tell me. I’ll read your mind. You are thinking you’d like to be my super helper.

YOUNG MAN: I was not thinking that.

ANNA: … that you’d like to live in a treehouse.


ANNA: … that you should eat more vegetables.

YOUNG MAN: Please, stop talking. You really should get some help.

ANNA: Mind reading is not my superpower. Maybe I can become invisible. I … am … invisible!

ANNA: You can’t see me. Who am I? I’m not here. You can’t see me.

YOUNG MAN: I can see you and so can everybody else.

ANNA: No power of invisibility. Maybe I can create a force field. I feel it working. Nothing can hurt –

(Someone throws a piece of paper and it hits her head.)

ANNA: Ow, that wasn’t very nice. I see I have a lot of work to do. Well, goodbye, non-super person!

YOUNG MAN: Wait. I’d better go with you. You might get worse…if that’s even possible.

ANNA: That’s very nice of you, ordinary human. But I’d rather go by myself. This is a quest.

YOUNG MAN: Every time you speak, I get more confused.

ANNA: A quest is a part of all superhero stories. You really need to work on your superhero studies. Now, stand back. I’ve never flown before.

YOUNG MAN: And you’re not flying now.

ANNA: Flying is also not my superpower. That’s too bad. It’s going to be expensive to Uber everywhere. You know, I’d rather walk. It’s a nice day. Goodbye, non-super person.

YOUNG MAN: I am not talking to strangers again.

ANNOUNCER: Will Lightning Bolt Lady find her superpowers … ever? Ouch! Did that brick wall hurt? Will the young man ever talk to a stranger again?

ANNOUNCER: Find out on the next episode of Let’s Learn English!

2. Watch Lesson 24: “I Feel Super!” American English video lesson.

3. Take the Lesson 24: “I Feel Super!” quiz to check your American English knowledge. Click here to take the quiz.

4. Answer the following question in the comments section below:

Have you watched movies with superheroes like Superman, Batman, or Spiderman? Do you have any favorites? Let us know why you like a particular superhero.

5 thoughts on “Lesson 2.24.4 – Year 2 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Hello. I’m Danijela.
    Very interesting lesson also video with Ana.
    Thank you very much Maestro Sersea

  2. Hello , hind from Iraq .
    I would like to be superhero to save my country from corrupt bad guys because they have a political covet and they killed all young people who struggle in the name of religion and law.

  3. Greetings to all
    Have you watched movies with superheroes like Superman, Batman, or Spiderman? Do you have any favorites? Let us know why you like a particular superhero.

    I’ve pretty much seen all these movies of traditionals superhero and their new versions. My favorite superhero is Superman because he has the most complete powers. Let’s explain: Batman is basically pure technology and psychological motivation, Spiderman depends fundamentally on his spiderweb , but Superman has natural superpowers coming from his extraterrestrial nature.
    About the quiz:
    I scored 4 of 4
    Thank you Maestro

  4. Lesson 2.24.4 Year 2
    The lesson,24 ” I feel super ” Quiz.
    I did not do well in the above quiz.
    Following is the answer to the above question
    I am not very fond of movies or films, but I like classical movies made of all time like Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Godfather, The sound of music, Casablanca, Baby day out, and Ben Hur.Each one of these films remind me old tome.

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