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Friday, February 17, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Feb. 17, 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: Read children's books. The English will be easier, there will be pictures to help, and they'll be FUN. You'll still learn vocabulary.
  • Proverb: Out of the frying pan, into the fire: From one problem to a bigger one, usually by choosing wrong in handling the first problem.
  • Academic Vocabulary: empirical: from experience or observation, not just an idea. "Good science requires empirical data, not just theories."
  • Literature: Adam and Eve: first man and woman in the Bible. Made by God, they broke his laws and were sent out of the Garden of Eden.
  • Art: Taj Mahal: a mausoleum (tomb) built by Muslim king Shah Jahan in Agra, India, for his wife. One of world's most beautiful buildings.
  • Slang: knockout: a very good-looking person. "Have you seen Larry's new girlfriend? She's a knockout!"
  • Geography: Pacific Ocean: world's largest ocean, with Asia and Australia on west, North and South America on east. Name means "peaceful."

  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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