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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Dec. 29, 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: Office basics. http://www.talkenglish.com/Speaking/Business/Basics.aspx
  • Hist [History]: Vikings: 8th-10th century fighting men from northern Europe (Scandinavia) who attacked and sometimes settled in many areas of Europe.
  • Verb [Irregular Verbs]: The sun sinks in the west. It sank at 6pm yesterday. It has sunk for millions of years. Make more sentences like these!
  • Idiom: two shakes of a lamb's tail: quickly. "I need you to go out and get some supplies, and be back in two shakes of a lamb’s tail."
  • Pop [Pop Culture]: Boy Scouts of America: An American youth organization meant to train boys and young men to be good citizens and leaders.
  • Slang: I guess: agreeing, but with no enthusiasm. "You're lucky to have that job!" "Yeah, I guess."
  • Gov't [Government]: expatriation: leaving the country one was born in to live in another. A person who does this is called an "expat" (expatriate).

NOTES:
  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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