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

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Dec. 11, 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: Purdue Online Writing Lab: practice sheets & info to improve your English writing.
  • Hist [History]: Alexander the Great: Ruler of Greece in the 4th century b.c. He conquered much of the ancient world, from Greece to India.
  • Verb [Irregular Verbs]: I rise at 7 each day. I rose late yesterday. I have risen before sunrise many times. Make more sentences like these!
  • Idiom: one's goose is cooked = One is in big trouble. "Be late to class one more time, and your goose is cooked!"
  • Pop [Pop Culture]: Louis Armstrong: Popular 20th-c. black American jazz singer and trumpet player. One famous song is "What a Wonderful World."
  • Slang: one's little girl (or boy): one's daughter (or son), especially when still very young. "My little girl is starting school today."
  • Gov't [Government]: conservative: person who believes that things shouldn't change. Also an adj. Such belief is called "conservatism."

  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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