In time, these lessons and "stubs" will be migrated to the Buzzwords site.
Until then, consider them historical.

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Jan. 3, 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 something IN English. Don't just "study English." Find something you're interested in, and study THAT in English!
  • Proverb: Silence is golden. Sometimes it is better to keep your opinion to yourself. "Don't tell the boss he's wrong; 'silence is golden.'"
  • Academic Vocabulary: infer: "figure out" or "guess" from available information. "The meaning of a word can often be inferred from the words around it."
  • Literature: Robin Hood: folk hero and robber in England's Middle Ages, with his "band of merry men" would "rob from the rich and give to the poor."
  • Art: canvas: the material an oil painting is painted on; sometimes, the painting itself. "I own three canvases by Dali."
  • Slang: slave driver: When people "owned" other people as slaves, the "boss" was a "slave driver." We use it now for a tough boss or teacher.
  • Geography: the prime meridian: North/south line on earth at 0° longitude; through Greenwich, England, divides Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

  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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