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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Jan. 4, 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: English Learner Movie Guides; learn idioms: http://www.eslnotes.com/synopses.html
  • Ancient History: Marco Polo: 13th-14th century Italian explorer. Visited China's ruler and became a government officer; wrote a book about his travels.
  • Irregular Verbs: I draw pictures every day. I drew a good one yesterday. I have drawn hundreds in my life.
  • Idiom: to bury the hatchet: to make peace. "After weeks of fighting, my friend and I had tea and buried the hatchet."
  • Pop Culture: type A and B personality: A: ambitious, competitive, controlling. B: relaxed, reflective. As have more heart attacks than Bs!
  • Slang: That's the worst part: That's the heart of the problem. "Does she love you?" "That's the worst part: I don't know!"
  • Government: antitrust legislation: laws meant to keep one company (a "monopoly") from controlling an industry and eliminating competition.

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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