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Friday, January 20, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Jan. 20, 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!
  • Science: endocrine system: system of glands in the body, and the hormones they produce. These control what other cells, tissues, and organs do.
  • Language Study: autobiography: a true book about the author's own life. One famous example is The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
  • Business: interest: money charged by a lender. "The bank is lending at 10% interest" (or "at a 10% interest rate").
  • Literature: The Canterbury Tales: Middle English work by Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) where a group of travelers meets and tell stories.
  • New Words: newbie: someone who is new at something. "Please explain the rules of our club to the newbie."
  • Slang: that's too bad: "That's a pity." Kind: A: "My dog died." B: "That's too bad." Or unkind: A: "I hate it." B: "That's too bad. Eat it."
  • Modern History: government of the people, by the people, and for the people: Near end of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," a definition of democracy.

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 ©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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