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Monday, January 30, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Jan. 30, 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: Discuss what you read. For school, for fun--whenever you read, talk about what you have read and it will stay in your longer mind.
  • Proverb: Where there's a will, there's a way: Nothing is impossible if you really want it badly enough.
  • Academic Vocabulary: maximize: Make bigger; make the best use of. "Study hard to maximize your learning opportunities."
  • Literature: Turn the other cheek: Jesus said if someone hits you on one cheek, offer him the other one, too, instead of seeking revenge.
  • Art: The Thinker: one of more than 20 large bronze statues by French sculptor Rodin, shows a seated man with arm on knee and chin on wrist.
  • Slang: or something like that: the information might not be exactly right. "He's a VIP, like a president or CEO or something like that."
  • Geography: Euphrates River: River in southwest Asia that joins the Tigris in Iraq to form ancient Mesopotamia, "The Land Between the Rivers."

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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