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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Dec. 28, 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: Go to English talks or lectures. Listen carefully; take notes; ask questions; and discuss with a friend.
  • Proverb: The early bird catches the worm. The enthusiastic person, who does the work before others, is most successful.
  • AcVoc [Academic Vocabulary]: estimate (n=-mət) an inexact guess of something's cost or size; (v=-meɪt) to make such a guess. "I estimate dinner will cost $20."
  • Lit [Literature]: Hercules: Roman name of Greek hero, son of god Zeus and a human mother. Strong and brave, had to perform the "12 Labors of Hercules."
  • Art: Johann Strauss the Younger: 19th-century composer from Vienna. Called the "Waltz King," wrote "The Blue Danube."
  • Slang: Take care!: said to wish a person well when saying goodbye. "See ya! Take care!"
  • Geog [Geography]: Nagasaki: city in south Japan. Only port open to outsiders 1641-1858. In 1945, second city (after Hiroshima) hit by US atomic bombs.

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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