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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Jan. 19, 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: Read ancient Chinese stories with vocabulary help: http://www.englishdaily626.com/stories.php
  • Ancient History: Christopher Columbus: Italian explorer who "discovered" America in 1492. Sailed three ships across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain.
  • Irregular Verbs: What do the experts foretell? Last year they foretold bad economic times. But I'm not worried; they have foretold incorrectly before.
  • Idiom: to have the last laugh: to win after seeming to lose. "The team was losing 20-2, but they scored 30 points and had the last laugh."
  • Pop Culture: Peanuts: popular comic by Charles M. Schulz. The most famous character is Snoopy the dog, and his owner is Charlie Brown.
  • Slang: How so?: "Why is that?" A: "I can't come tonight." B: "How so?" A: "I have to go to my parents'."
  • Government: blue laws: US laws based on morals that don't allow certain activities on Sundays, like selling alcohol, or sometimes even dancing.

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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