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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

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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]: aborigines: first people known to live in a region, before European settlers came, like Native Americans in the Americas.
  • Eng [Language Study]: declarative sentence: the kind of sentence that gives information. "I am a teacher." "Gas is expensive." "My computer is broken."
  • Biz [Business]: shareholder: a person with shares of stock in a corporation. "A new chairman was elected at the shareholders' meeting."
  • Lit [Literature]: Tarzan: fictional character from books by Edgar Rice Burroughs (and later, films). He was raised in the jungles of Africa by apes.
  • New [New Words]: soccer mom: a suburban mom who doesn't work, often taking her kids to after-school activities (music lessons, sports practice, etc.).
  • Slang: Whatcha doin'?: casual way to say "What are you doing?" meaning "How are you?" Usual answer: "Not much" or "Nothing."
  • Hist [History]: Ernesto "Che" Guevara: Latin-American revolutionary who helped bring the Marxists and Fidel Castro to power in Cuba.

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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