In time, these lessons and "stubs" will be migrated to the Buzzwords site.
Until then, consider them historical.

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

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: 5-minute lessons in English vocabulary:
  • Ancient History: Henry VIII: King of England 1509-1547. Broke with Catholic Church to create Church of England. Had six wives. Father of Elizabeth I.
  • Irregular Verbs: She likes to clothe herself simply. She clothed herself in a plain dress yesterday. She has never clothed herself in fancy things.
  • Idiom: the pot calling the kettle black: accusing someone of what one does oneself, like a fat person telling another he eats too much.
  • Pop Culture: Academy Awards: yearly prizes given for excellence in film making. The winners get a small statue called an Oscar.
  • Slang: according to [someone]: Introduces the words of another. "According to my boss, we need to increase sales this quarter."
  • Government: nonperson: a person who is not recognized by a government or other group when that person goes against the group's rules or goals.

  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 ©2012 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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