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

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Jan. 31, 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: Grammar exercises and notes:
  • Ancient History: Rosetta stone: stone found in Egypt (1799) with ancient Egyptian writing and translation in Greek. Made translating Egyptian possible.
  • Irregular Verbs: I don't bet on horse races anymore. I bet on one once and lost a lot of money. So I haven't bet on any since.
  • Idiom: to be macho: to act manly in a strong or exaggerated way. "Mike looks silly with his macho tattoos and leather jacket."
  • Pop Culture: King Kong: giant gorilla in the movies who attacks New York City, climbing the Empire State Building at the end.
  • Slang: everyone knows…: introduces "common knowledge," things that most people should know. "Everyone knows that 'Silence is golden.'"
  • Government: refugee: person who leaves his or her country for safety in times of war or other serious trouble.

  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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