block n .
A block is a solid piece of wood, stone or ice.
→I saw a block of ice on the floor.

cheer v.
To cheer is to give a loud shout of approval or encouragement.
→The crowd all cheered when the home team won.

complex adf.
If something is complex, it has many small parts. It is hard to understan
→A jig-saw puzzle can be complex because it has so many pieces.

critic n.
A critic is someone who give their opinions about movies, books, plays
→ The wine critic tasted the wine so he could give his opinion.

event n.
An event is something that happens, especially something important.
→Finishing high school was a major event in his life.

exercise v.
To exercise is to run or play sports so that you can be healthy.
→You should exercise every day.

fit v.
If something fits, it is small enough orthe right size to go there.
→The colorful eggs fit into the box.

friendship n.
Friendship is the relationship between people who are friends.
→Michael and Lisa have a very strong friendship with each other.

guide n.
A guide is someone who shows you where to go.
→We followed a guide at the park.

lack n .
If there is a lack of something, there is not enough of it.
→His only problem is a lack of money.

passage n.
A passage is a long area with walls that goes from one place
→The long passage led us to the other side of the field.

perform v.
To perform is to do something in front of people who watch.
→He will perform a song for the class.

pressure n.
Pressure is what you apply to make someone do something.
→They put pressure on him to change his mind.

probable adj.
If something is probable, it is likely to happen.
→It is probable that you will get a good grade if you study for the test.

public adj.
If something is public, it is meant for everyone to use.
→I went to the public park to play with my friends.

strike v.
To strike someone or something is to hit them.
→She struck the other girl in the face.

support v.
To support something is to like it and help it be successful.
→Everyone at work supports the new plan.

task n.
A task is work that someone has to do.
→Who has the task of building the brick wall?

term n.
A term is a word for something.
→often use the term “ oops” when I make a mistake.

unite v.
To unite is to get together to do something.
→If we unite, we can finish our project faster.

A Strong Friendship

Tim was the strongest man in the town. When he played sports, he always won. He performed and exercised in the public park. He did this to show everyone how strong he was. Most people liked him, but one man didn’t. His name was Jack.

Jack hated Tim. Jack was a movie critic and the smartest man in town. He could solve complex math problems. But no one cared. Jack wanted to be famous like Tim.

One day, there was an unusual event. A big storm came suddenly. Snow covered the town. No one could get out. They needed food. The people said, “This is a task for a strong man.” Tim was under pressure to save them. But Jack wanted to be the hero, so they both went. Tim said, “You can’t help because of
your lack of strength.”

But Jack found some small passages under the snow. One of them led toward another town. That town had food. Because Tim was so big and strong, he almost couldn’t fit inside. They walked until there was a block of ice in their way. Jack said, “We can’t get past it. But if you strike it, it might break.” Tim knew that was probable.

He broke it. When there were more ice blocks, Tim broke them. That made him tired. He couldn’t walk anymore. Jack said, “ Let’s unite and support each other. I’ll get the food alone. You rest here.”

Jack came back with food. Tim couldn’t remember which passage led home. He needed Jack to be his guide. The men became friends by working together.

In town, people saw Jack with the food and cheered. They called Jack a hero. But Jack didn’t care. He was thinking of something else. He said to Tim, “ I thought I was smart, but I learned a new term today: friendship.”