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Friday, January 27, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Jan. 27, 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!
  • Tip: Plan ahead if you can. If you know that you have to do a task, practice first. Think of numbers before asking the time, for example.
  • Proverb: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you: "The Golden Rule" tells us to treat others as we want them to treat us.
  • Academic Vocabulary: highlight: Call notice to something, as with a special yellow pen. "Please read the highlighted passages carefully."
  • Literature: Amazons: Warrior women in classical myths. Now used to describe a large woman. People thought Amazons lived on the Amazon River.
  • Art: orchestra: large group of musicians (maybe 80 or more) playing four types of instruments: strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion.
  • Slang: and stuff like that: "etc." after example(s). A: "Do you like music?" B: "Yes, mostly pop, rock, and stuff like that."
  • Geography: steppe: A type of grassland. "The Steppes" usually refers to the ones in eastern Russia and Siberia.

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 ©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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