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4.2 Fame and Media | Vocabulary, Intermediate English

Intermediate English online class

In this topic, you will learn vocabulary about how to describe or talk about fame and media.

What is it like to be famous? In this topic, learn about some of the English words used to talk about fame and the media. As you learn this vocabulary, think about a celebrity. How did they become famous?

Learn 15 words to describe fame and media

Use these flashcards to learn the meaning of the terms for this unit. You can also practice the pronunciation by listening to the audio on each card.

Now, practice the vocabulary in the activities below.

Exercise 1 – Play this memory game to practice the vocabulary.

Exercise 2 – Practice using the vocabulary in context.

Exercise 3 – Speaking practice

You must use the Chrome web browser in order for this activity to work. You must also give the website permission to use your microphone. This can be found if you click the ???? symbol to the left of the URL address bar.


Let us review the vocabulary terms to describe fame and media.

TermPart of SpeechDefinition
advertiseverbto make the public aware of something (such as a product) that is being sold
articlenoun piece of writing about a particular subject that is included in a magazine, newspaper, etc.
biographynounthe story of a real person’s life written by someone other than that person
comicadj.of or relating to a comedy
commercialnouna television or radio advertisement.
contentsnoun the things that are in something
exhibitionnounan event at which objects (such as works of art) are put out in a public space for people to look at : a public show of something
fictionnounsomething that is not true
heronouna person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
on displaynoun phraseput somewhere for people to see : in a display
partnounthe character played by an actor in a play, movie, etc.
performernouna person (such as an actor or a musician) who acts, sings, dances, etc., for an audience
recording nounmusic, sounds, or images that have been stored on a record, CD, computer, etc., so that they can be heard or seen again
science fiction nounstories about how people and societies are affected by imaginary scientific developments in the future
series nouna set of regularly presented television shows involving the same group of characters or the same subject

Test your understanding about the vocabulary with the quiz below.