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Friday, January 6, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Jan. 6, 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: Take risks. If you don't make mistakes, you're not trying hard enough!
  • Proverb: It takes two to tango: When people fight, it's never just one person's fault; both should take the blame.
  • Academic Vocabulary: symbol: Something used to represent another thing. "An ant symbolizes hard work."
  • Literature: the Magi: The "Wise Men" (maybe astrologers) who came to visit the baby Jesus shortly after his birth. Tradition says there were three.
  • Art: Bolshoi Theater: A theater in Moscow, Russia, home of the Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera. "Bolshoi" means "Grand" in Russian.
  • Slang: to get something: To understand. "You must follow the directions carefully. Get it?" "I get it." (or "I got it.")
  • Geography: hemisphere: Half the globe; Northern/Southern (above/below the equator) and Eastern/Western (east/west of 0ยบ longitude).

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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