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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Dec. 17, 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: Vocabulary Is Fun: Play games and learn vocabulary.
  • Hist [History]: the pyramids: huge structures built in ancient Egypt for the burial of kings called "pharaohs." Other cultures also have pyramids.
  • Verb [Irregular Verbs]: I usually leave home at 7:00 every day. I left home at 8:00 this morning. I have left even later than that before!
  • Idiom: every inch a something: completely a something. "My son is every inch a gentleman." What are YOU "every inch a"?
  • Pop [Pop Culture]: "Clementine": American folksong: "Oh my darling Clementine!"
  • Slang: to be on someone's case: to keep scolding, urging, reminding them. "My boss is really on my case about my work."
  • Gov't [Government]: nationalism: belief that nations (especially one's own) are of greatest importance. Sometimes seen as opposed to "globalism."

  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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