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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Jan. 15, 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: Learn the most common words first. Start here: http://www.manythings.org/vocabulary/lists/l/
  • Proverb: The road to hell is paved with good intentions: It's not enough to THINK about doing the right thing; you must actually DO it.
  • Academic Vocabulary: scenario: Imagined sequence of events. "If our scenario comes true, we will be rich before next year."
  • Literature: The Tortoise and the Hare: Story by Aesop about a race. The tortoise (turtle) won because the hare (rabbit) stopped to rest.
  • Art: arch: a curved or pointed structure over an opening used to support some weight. Often seen over doors and windows, or under bridges.
  • Slang: well-rounded: With many aspects. A person with hobbies, family, and other interests is "well-rounded." Opposite is "one-sided."
  • Geography: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Full name of the U.K., includes England, Scotland, Wales, and part of Ireland.

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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