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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Jan. 29, 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!
  • Science: gravity or "gravitation": the force that attracts two objects to each other. In simple terms, what keeps us from flying off the earth!
  • Language Study: jargon: special language used by a profession or other group, like doctors' or lawyers' vocabulary.
  • Business: short-term: for a short time, especially less than one year, as a "short-term loan." Opposite is "long-term."
  • Literature: A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens' story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a stingy man who changes after being visited by ghosts.
  • New Words: chick lit: literature ("lit") meant for women ("chicks") to read. Pride and Prejudice and romance novels are usually seen as chick lit.
  • Slang: You mean, like: asks for more information, with examples. A: "I love TV news." B: "You mean, like BBC, CNN, and stuff like that?"
  • Modern History: Queen Victoria: queen of the UK from 1837 to 1901. The "Victorian period" was a time of strict morals and great growth in England.

NOTES:
  1. Except for the Slang words, all the words in these Mini-Lessons came from lists either on the Oxford University Press site or in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Slang words are from my own list, 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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