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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Feb. 19, 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!
  • Science: placenta: organ where the new, growing "baby" is fed, and its waste removed, through the mother's blood. Comes out after birth.
  • Language Study: aphorism: a short, often clever statement that teaches something, like "Slow but steady wins the race." Similar to a proverb.
  • Business: certificates of deposit: or "CDs." Bonds issued by banks to people. Longer term = higher interest; penalties for taking money early.
  • Literature: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson's story (1886) of a good man, Dr Henry Jekyll, whose dark side is the evil Edward Hyde.
  • New Words: rocket science: something that takes great intelligence; usually used in the negative. "Anyone can fix a car; it isn't rocket science."
  • Slang: deal with something: take care of something. "My son was in a fight at school, and I had to go see the principal to deal with it."
  • Modern History: Pancho Villa: (1878-1923) Mexican leader in revolution against president Porfirio Diaz. Model of a "bandido" (Mexican bandit).

  1. Except for the Slang words, all the words in these Mini-Lessons came from lists either on the Oxford University Press site or in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Slang words are from my own list, 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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