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

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Dec. 12, 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!
  • Tip: Speak clearly, not quickly. The goal of communication is to be understood, not to be "fast." Say it right!
  • Proverb:If the shoe fits, wear it. = Accept yourself the way you are. If you did something wrong, take the blame!
  • AcVoc [Academic Vocabulary]: debate: discussion of two sides of an issue. Formal debate follows rules and has a "winner."
  • Lit [Literature]: Satan: The devil in the Bible. Some people, from many religions, believe he is real, God's opposite. Others think he is a symbol.
  • Art: unison: speaking or singing together, "as one." "Come on, class. Let's recite this paragraph in unison."
  • Slang: a pep-talk: an encouraging speech. "We're not selling enough; I think the sales team needs a little pep-talk."
  • Geog [Geography]: the equator: the imaginary line around the center of the earth, at 0 degrees latitude.

  1. Academic Vocabulary is the Academic Word List from Oxford University Press. This is "a list of words that you are likely to meet if you study at an English-speaking university."
  2. The Proverb, and the Literature, Art, and Geography words are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  3. The Tip and Slang 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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