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Monday, February 6, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Feb. 6, 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: Vocabulary tips. Don't miss links to lists at bottom!
  • Ancient History: 1066: said "ten-sixty-six," year of the Norman Conquest, when the French king William became king of England.
  • Irregular Verbs: A shirt might shrink in the washing machine. One of mine shrank yesterday. I have never shrunk a shirt before!
  • Idiom: hit below the belt: fight or behave unfairly. A: "I hate your mother." B: "Hey! That's hitting below the belt!"
  • Pop Culture: Casablanca: 1942 film set in north Africa during World War II, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
  • Slang: Would you listen to yourself?: What you are saying is stupid, or wrong. "Give you a million dollars? Would you listen to yourself?"
  • Government: misdemeanor: minor crime, with a fine (money payment) or very short jail time. Much less than a felony.

  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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