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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Dec. 13, 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]: Watson and Crick: James D. Watson (U.S.) and Francis H. C. Crick (England) discovered the structure of DNA in 1953.
  • Eng [Language Study]: punctuation marks: the small dots and lines used to make the meaning of writing clearer, like . , : ; ? ! @ and so on.
  • Biz [Business]: fringe benefit: something given to a worker beyond the salary or wage. It could be cash, insurance, retirement, etc.
  • Lit [Literature]: The Odyssey: an ancient epic poem by Homer, telling of the travels of Odysseus while returning from the Trojan War.
  • New [New Words]: emoticon: from "emotion" and "icon," some symbols to tell people how you feel, like :( is sad or ;) is a wink.
  • Slang: one can't think straight: one is confused, especially due to stress. "Lately I've been so busy I can't think straight."
  • Hist [History]: Benjamin Franklin: U.S. "founding father" who was also a printer and scientist. Many sayings come from his "Poor Richard's Almanack."

NOTES:
  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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