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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Feb. 23, 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: Read my column and lessons. Check the Shenzhen Daily Monday and Thursday, szdaily.sznews.com/ And study my online lessons!
  • Proverb: A stitch in time saves nine: Taking care of a problem earlier (a stitch in time) saves more trouble later (nine stitches later).
  • Academic Vocabulary: notion: idea, belief or understanding. "I don't like hip hop music! Where did you get that notion?"
  • Literature: David: king of Israel in the Bible. As a shepherd boy, killed a giant named Goliath; as a man, wrote great poems about God.
  • Art: primitivism: paintings or other art meant to look like they were done by children, or by people from simple, traditional cultures.
  • Slang: to pick someone up: to give someone a ride in a car. "My workmate picks me up every morning and we ride to work together in his car."
  • Geography: San Andreas Fault: a line that runs between two plates of earth in California; when one plate moves, there's a big earthquake.

NOTES:
  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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