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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Jan. 22, 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: Join the English Club, make friends. http://my.englishclub.com/
  • Ancient History: Joan of Arc: (1412-1431) led French army against the English at age 17 because she heard God speak to her. A Roman Catholic saint.
  • Irregular Verbs: I get rid of things I don't need. I got rid of some old clothes yesterday. I have gotten rid of most of my things.
  • Idiom: to be in hot water: in deep trouble. "When he lost the report, Bob was in deep trouble."
  • Pop Culture: Hail to the Chief: official song of the president of the United States, played when he arrives at official events.
  • Slang: the tricky part: the difficult part. "Getting an appointment is easy; making the sale is the tricky part."
  • Government: felony: the most serious form of crime, like murder or kidnapping; usually punished by long jail time, or even death.

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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