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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Feb. 5, 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: Be a foreigner. Travel abroad. If you can't, make friends with people who can't speak your language, so you MUST use English!
  • Proverb: Two wrongs don't make a right: If someone does you wrong, that doesn't mean you can now do him wrong. Learn to forgive.
  • Academic Vocabulary: summary: short statement of the main point of something. "I missed class, but my friend gave me a summary of the teacher's speech."
  • Literature: mermaid: an imaginary woman who is half-human, half-fish.
  • Art: Sphinx: a monster who asks Oedipus a difficult question in a Greek drama. He answers it and becomes king. Also, a huge statue in Egypt.
  • Slang: Hello! : not only a greeting, but used like "Wake up!" or "Pay attention." "What's your name? HELLO! I said, 'What's your name?'"
  • Geography: Chicago: 3rd-largest city in US. Business center of mid-West. Called "Windy City" and "Second City" (was, until L.A. became larger)

  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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