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

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Jan. 16, 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: Nearly 100 podcasts, with written texts to SPEAK.
  • Ancient History: Mayas: Native Americans of Mexico and Central America, their culture lasted over 3500 years, until destroyed by the Spanish.
  • Irregular Verbs: I choose to be happy. When I chose my career, I chose one I loved. When I have chosen wrongly, I have been sorry for it.
  • Idiom: to deep-six something: to get rid of something. "The teacher deep-sixed the students' suggestion that she give less homework."
  • Pop Culture: reggae: type of pop music from Jamaica, with an "island" beat and a "blues" feeling. Bob Marley is the best-known reggae musician.
  • Slang: Ha ha: sometimes a laugh, but sometimes used unkindly. "Ha ha, very funny--NOT!"
  • Government: absolute monarchy: rule by a king or queen whose decisions are not limited by laws or a constitution.

  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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