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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Dec. 22, 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: Use prefixes and suffixes. "pre-" means "before"; "post-" means "after." "-ness" makes a noun. "-ive" makes an adj. Bigger vocabulary!
  • Proverb: Leave well enough alone. If everything is OK, don't try to change it. Now we say: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
  • AcVoc [Academic Vocabulary]: occur (v): happen. "Where did your bike accident occur?" "Rain seldom occurs in the desert."
  • Lit [Literature]: cyclops: member of a race of giants in Greek myth with one eye in the center of the forehead. One trapped Odysseus in "The Odyssey."
  • Art: Whistler's Mother: a famous painting by James Whistler of his mother seated. Properly called "Arrangement in Grey and Black Number 1."
  • Slang: You lost me: I don't understand what you said. "Could you repeat that? You lost me."
  • Geog [Geography]: Yellowstone National Park: in Wyoming, USA; first national park in the world (1872). Famous for "Old Faithful" geyser, and for bears.

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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