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Monday, December 19, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Dec. 19, 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: Sing songs. Find an English song you love and sing it. Learn the meaning, learn to pronounce it well, and sing. Then sing another!
  • Proverb: When the cat’s away, the mice will play. People will relax when the boss (teacher, etc.) is away.
  • AcVoc [Academic Vocabulary]: significance: importance, meaning. "He said 'I'm sorry' so often, the words lost their significance."
  • Lit [Literature]: The Fall of Man: In the Bible (Book of Genesis), removal of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden because they ate the forbidden fruit.
  • Art: soprano, alto, tenor, bass: singing voices--high female, low female, high male, low male. Choir music in four parts is called "SATB."
  • Slang: There's plenty of fish in the sea: There are other girls/boys available. "If you lose Dave, don't worry; there's plenty of fish in the sea."
  • Geog [Geography]: Turkey: country in Europe (3%) and Middle East (97%). Capital Ankara, largest city Istanbul. People "Turks," lang., adj. "Turkish."

NOTES:
  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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