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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Dec. 15, 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!
  • Sci [Science]: evolution: the theory of Charles Darwin that all species have changed through time, and that humans came from "lower" animals.
  • Eng [Language Study]: four-letter words: Many of the "swear words" in English have four letters, like "the F word." "Don't use four-letter words on TV!"
  • Biz [Business]: an expenditure: spending of money, or a thing we spend money on. "A fancy lunch is an unnecessary expenditure."
  • Lit [Literature]: Count Dracula: the first great vampire of fiction and movies, from an 1897 book by Irish author Bram Stoker
  • New [New Words]: netiquette: rules ("etiquette") for using the internet, like NOT TYPING IN CAPS (because it "sounds" like shouting)
  • Slang: to deal with something: to take care of it; to get rid a problem. "When students are late, the teacher has to deal with them."
  • Hist [History]: The Communist Manifesto: Book by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels teaching communism (ownership by a collective, not individuals).

  1. Except for the Slang words, all the words in these Mini-Lessons came from lists either on the Oxford University Press site or in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Slang words are from my own list, 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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