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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Jan. 28, 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: Unusual words. Free newsletter, learn "A Word A Day" (AWAD). http://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html
  • Ancient History: Saladin: (1138-1193) Kurdish Muslim general, ruled Egypt and Syria. When he captured Jerusalem, Europeans fought against him.
  • Irregular Verbs: I input data in my computer every day. I input a lot last night. I have input some of it incorrectly, but I have corrected it.
  • Idiom: to turn over a new leaf: to change one's ways. "After his wife caught him smoking, Dan turned over a new leaf and quit completely."
  • Pop Culture: Bible Belt: area of the US where many people strongly believe in the Bible and follow it literally in all areas of their lives.
  • Slang: hate: sometimes really hate, but usually just dislike. Can also be used as a joke. A: "My parents gave me $100!" B: "I hate you!"
  • Government: conscientious objector: person who refuses to fight in a war because of his beliefs.

NOTES:
  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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