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Monday, February 20, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Feb. 20, 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: Plan a trip. Even if you can't go, study other places in English, read train schedules, choose hotels. Learn English as you dream!
  • Proverb: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence: What the other person has always looks better than what I have.
  • Academic Vocabulary: priority: amount of importance something has. "Studying is a low priority for many students; they would rather have fun."
  • Literature: Pandora's box: Zeus gave a box to Pandora (the first woman) and told her not to open it. She did; all the world's troubles flew out.
  • Art: Mona Lisa: Leonardo da Vinci's painting of a woman, famous for her strange smile. Located in the Louvre in Paris.
  • Slang: to tick someone off: to make someone angry. "When I'm late to work, it ticks my boss off."
  • Geography: Rustbelt: areas in northeastern US cities where factories used to be a main part of the economy, but are now closing.

NOTES:
  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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