In time, these lessons and "stubs" will be migrated to the Buzzwords site.
Until then, consider them historical.

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

These Mini-Lessons are posted on Twitter, and in China on Weibo, throughout the day. You can follow them there!

To get the most from them, you should try to use them in sentences, or discuss them with friends. Writing something on Twitter or Weibo is a great way to practice!
  • Link: Basic Conversation Podcasts: Listen and learn!
  • Hist [History]: Montezuma: or Moctezuma II, Aztec emperor (died 1520). Expanded Aztec land to its largest size, but lost to the Spanish under Cortez.
  • Verb [Irregular Verbs]: He sweeps the floor after work. He swept it better than usual last night. He has swept it for years! Make more sentences like these!
  • Idiom: all thumbs: not skillful with one's hands. "I can't type very well; I'm all thumbs."
  • Pop [Pop Culture]: The Beatles: John, Paul, George, and Ringo, the "Lads from Liverpool" (England), were one of the greatest rock 'n' roll groups ever.
  • Slang: to juggle some things: to have several things to do. "I'm juggling a job and my hobby." Many juggle "work and family" etc.
  • Gov't [Government]: pacifism: deep belief that war is NEVER good, and cannot be accepted; the belief that nations should always behave peacefully

  1. The Idiom, the History and Government words, and some of the Pop Culture words, are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Link was found online; the Slang words, the Irregular Verbs, and some of the Pop Culture words are from my own lists, and I wrote the definitions and examples myself.

This lesson is ©2011 by James Baquet. You may share this work freely. Teachers may use it in the classroom, as long as students are told the source (URL). You may not publish this material or sell it. Please write to me if you have any questions about "fair use"

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