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Monday, February 27, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Feb. 27, 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: 200 Easy Reading stories for ESL beginners, with audio, vocabulary and exercises: http://www.eslfast.com/easyread/index.html
  • Ancient History: medieval: adjective for the European Middle Ages, between the Fall of Rome and the modern age. The time of knights and cathedrals.
  • Irregular Verbs: I oversee projects for a living. I oversaw my biggest project ever last year. I have overseen 23 projects for my current company.
  • Idiom: get in someone's hair: bother or annoy someone. "I couldn't get any housework done today; the kids kept getting in my hair."
  • Pop Culture: Laurence Olivier: (1907-1989) one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, often acted in plays by Shakespeare, including "Hamlet."
  • Slang: forever: for a long time. "Where have you been? I haven't seen you in forever!"
  • Government: kangaroo court: a court that makes decisions not based on fairness, but for some reason that is not honest.

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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