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Friday, February 24, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Feb. 24, 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: Learn American idioms in short conversations:
  • Ancient History: Cleopatra: (69-30 BC) famous beauty and queen of Egypt. Lover of Roman emperor Julius Caesar and later Mark Antony.
  • Irregular Verbs: Sometimes dogs bite people. One bit my friend in July. It's a bad dog, who has bitten many people.
  • Idiom: knock on wood: refers to a "good luck" action; some people really do it. "Once I get this job (knock on wood) I'll buy a new car."
  • Pop Culture: beatnik: member of 1950s US "counter culture," who loved modern art, poetry, music; and didn't like middle-class values.
  • Slang: not exactly: "You're nearly correct." A: "Are you from L.A.?" B: "Not exactly. I'm from Pasadena; they're next to each other."
  • Government: parliamentary system: government with a parliament (a group of lawmakers) who also enforce the law. The UK has parliamentary system.

  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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