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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Feb. 14, 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: Paraphrase what you read. Stop, ask yourself questions, and say what the reading said, but in your own words. Better, write it down!
  • Proverb: Better safe than sorry: It's better to take time to be careful (safe) now, than to have problems (be sorry) later.
  • Academic Vocabulary: respond: answer. "I asked his name, but he didn't respond." Or "I asked his name, but there was no response."
  • Literature: New Testament: second half of the Christian Bible, tells stories about Jesus and his followers.
  • Art: Ring of the Nibelung: four operas by Richard Wagner, telling stories from Norse myths, featuring the hero Siegfried.
  • Slang: Cool: great, wonderful. A: "Want to see a movie?" B: "Cool! Let's go!"
  • Geography: Middle East: part of west Asia and north Africa that includes Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, etc.; Muslim culture strong in most.

  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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