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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Jan. 7, 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: Learn to write business English at university level: http://www.eslbee.com/
  • Ancient History: Stonehenge: Ancient monument--large stone circle in Wiltshire, England. Built 4,000+ years ago in Neolithic and Bronze Ages.
  • Irregular Verbs: He meets new people all the time. He met seven yesterday. He has met some famous people, too.
  • Idiom: to see eye to eye: to agree. "My boss and I don't always see eye to eye, but we still manage to work together."
  • Pop Culture: Steven Spielberg: 20th-century filmmaker of "E.T.," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Saving Private Ryan."
  • Slang: Whaddaya know? : "Whaddaya" = "What do you." A way to say, "What's new?" or "How are you?" Answer "Not much" means everything's fine.
  • Government: donkey and elephant: symbol in U.S. of the Democratic party and Republican party, respectively. Often used in political cartoons.

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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