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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Feb. 11, 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: Keep a vocabulary notebook. Write new words and their meaning, and review them often. Best way: use them in sentences!
  • Proverb: Honesty is the best policy: Always tell the truth. Even if it seems to bring you trouble, it will turn out better in the end.
  • Academic Vocabulary: transmit: send, or allow to pass through. "Glass transmits light." "We received a radio transmission last night.
  • Literature: Blarney Stone: stone at a castle in Ireland. Legend says kiss it and you will be a "smooth talker," can get what you want from people.
  • Art: violin, viola, cello, and string bass: the four stringed instruments used in an orchestra, from the highest to the lowest in tone.
  • Slang: Hiya: another very casual way to say "Hello." "Hiya, buddy, what's up?"
  • Geography: the Highlands: mountain area in north and west Scotland, home of many Scottish traditions (wearing kilts, some dances and music, etc.)

  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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