Study English every day--absolutely free!
(more about these lessons and the teacher)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Dec. 25, 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: Throw away the IPA. When you learned your mother tongue, you didn't read it: you listened and repeated. So get some audio and do it!
  • Proverb: You can’t go home again. Home changes, and so do we; when we return after a long absence, it's never the same as before we left.
  • AcVoc [Academic Vocabulary]: definition (n): meaning of a word or phrase; define (v) to tell the meaning. "'Cat' is defined as…" or "The definition of 'cat' is…"
  • Lit [Literature]: Bethlehem: a village near Jerusalem, in Israel, where tradition says Jesus (known as Jesus Christ, founder of Christianity) was born.
  • Art: choreography: arrangement of dance movements, and the movements themselves. "I enjoyed the ballet's choreography."
  • Slang: a heck of a lot: very much or many. "If I'm late to work one more time, I'll be in a heck of a lot of trouble."
  • Geog [Geography]: savanna: (or "grassland") a wide flat area with grass but few trees (as in Africa's Serengeti). About 20% of Earth's land is savanna.

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"

No comments:

Post a Comment