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Friday, February 3, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Feb. 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!
  • Link: Learn English through movies!
  • Ancient History: hieroglyphics: writing with pictures to show words and sounds; the Egyptians used them. Also, a joke to describe hard-to-read writing.
  • Irregular Verbs: People sometimes kneel in church. Many of them knelt yesterday morning. People have knelt before God for centuries.
  • Idiom: fair-weather friend: one who leaves you when things are bad. "When I needed money, my 'fair-weather friends' wouldn't lend me any."
  • Pop Culture: Row, Row, Row Your Boat: a famous round, a kind of song where singers start at different times, but it still sounds good.
  • Slang: one's ride: one's car. "Hey, man, nice ride." "Can we take your ride? Mine's not running."
  • Government: despot: ruler with absolute power. Often considered to be one who is cruel and without morals.

  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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