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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Feb. 18, 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: Advanced English grammar exercises:
  • Ancient History: Spanish Inquisition: a court run by the Catholic Church in the late 15th century. It used torture to find people with "wrong beliefs."
  • Irregular Verbs: A bad man likes to steal things. One of them stole my wallet. It's the first time someone has stolen anything from me.
  • Idiom: alpha and omega: "beginning and end," from the Bible. Also "the most important part." "Reading is the alpha and omega of learning."
  • Pop Culture: When the Saints Go Marching In: American jazz song, originally a spiritual song. Often connected to New Orleans and "Dixieland" jazz
  • Slang: Grrrr!: a sound of anger or frustration. "Grrrr! My key won't work!
  • Government: hawks and doves: hawks want a strong military to keep their nation's place in the world; doves prefer peace and cooperation.

  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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