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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Feb. 12, 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: Practice pronunciation:
  • Ancient History: Juan Ponce de Leon: (1474-July 1521) Spanish explorer. Discovered Florida while (legend says) searching for the Fountain of Youth.
  • Irregular Verbs: A: "Did you find your keys?" B: "Yes, I found them." A: "Well, I still haven't found MINE!"
  • Idiom: C'est la vie: French for "That's life." It means "sometimes bad things happen." A: "I lost my job." B: "Oh, well. C'est la vie!"
  • Pop Culture: Jolly Roger: pirate flag, with a white skull and crossed bones on a black background
  • Slang: kiddo: a friendly nickname, especially from an older to younger person. Old guy: "How ya doin', kiddo?"
  • Government: propaganda: government messages to the public to influence opinion. May be true or false, but main purpose is political influence.

  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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