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Lesson 24: I Feel Super!

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

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

YOUNG MAN: Um, I dont know.

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

ANNA: So, since were 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. Its a big question. I thought about it for days

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

ANNA: Id rather become a superhero by an unexpected accident!

YOUNG MAN: Arent 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, Id 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: Youd better see a doctor.

ANNA: Ive 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! Itll 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. Dont tell me. Ill read your mind. You are thinking youd like to be my super helper.

YOUNG MAN: I was not thinking that.

ANNA: ... that youd 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 cant see me. Who am I? Im not here. You cant 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 wasnt very nice. I see I have a lot of work to do. Well, goodbye, non-super person!

YOUNG MAN: Wait. Id better go with you. You might get worseif thats even possible.

ANNA: That's very nice of you, ordinary human. But Id 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. Ive never flown before.

YOUNG MAN: And youre not flying now.

ANNA: Flying is also not my superpower. Thats too bad. It's going to be expensive to Uber everywhere. You know, I'd rather walk. Its 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 Lets Learn English

​New Words

announcer n. a person who gives information on television or radio

become v. to begin to be or come to be something

brick n. a small, hard block of baked clay that is used to build structures, such as houses, and sometimes to make streets

by accident expression. in a way that is not planned or intended

create -- v. to make or produce something

convention n. a large meeting of people who come to a place for usually several days to talk about their shared work or other interests

consequence n. something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions

decide v. to make a choice about something

force field n. an invisible or transparent shield of energy that some superheroes produce as a form of protection

human n. a person

invisible adj. impossible to see

lightning n. the flashes of light that are produced in the sky during a storm

origin story n. a story that informs the identity and motivations of heroes and villains in a comic book

prefer v. to like someone or something better than someone or something else

power n. physical force or strength

quest n. a journey made in search of something

stand v. to be in an upright position with all of your weight on your feet

superhero n. a fictional character who has amazing powers, such as the ability to fly

superpower -- n. a special power that only superheroes have

super suit n. the special clothing that a superhero wears

theme song - a piece of music from a television program or film that is remembered as the music that represents that program or film

Uber v. to ride in an Uber car

unexpected adj. not expected

urgency n. something that is very important and needs immediate attention

wall n. the structure that forms the side of a room or building