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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Jan. 5, 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: abdomen: the "belly," the soft underside of animals or the front of the human's body above the legs and below the chest.
  • Language Study: aka or a.k.a. : (ay kay ay) "also known as," used when a person has another name. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, wrote "Tom Sawyer."
  • Business: entrepreneur: A person who starts a business, taking risks hoping to make big profits. Bill Gates is a programmer AND an entrepreneur.
  • Literature: Franz Kafka: (1883-1924) wrote dreamlike, disturbing, German-language novels and short stories. "Kafkaesque" = strange and frustrating.
  • New Words: phishing: tricking people to give their personal information on the Internet or in email, to use for stealing their money.
  • Slang: What's up? : "What's happening? Tell me about it." It's used like "How are you?" but the answer is usually "Nothing much."
  • Modern History: Buffalo Bill: William Cody (1846-1917), American showman. His "Wild West Show" brought cowboys and Indians to eastern US and Europe.

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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