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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Feb. 7, 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: biosphere: the area of the earth's sea, land, and sky where things can live naturally, without artificial support.
  • Language Study: possessive: pronoun (mine, yours) or adjective (my, your) that shows ownership. "That book is mine" or "That is my book."
  • Business: profit sharing: plan of sharing profits, as when a company gives a percent of its profit to employees.
  • Literature: Saint-Exupery, Antoine de: (1900-1944), French author of "The Little Prince," also a pilot, like the narrator of the book.
  • New Words: schmick: smart or stylish. "Hey, I like your new clothes! Very schmick!" Australian slang.
  • Slang: dump someone: break up with someone. A: "Why so glum, chum?" B: "My girlfriend dumped me!"
  • Modern History: Dag Hammarskj√∂ld: (1905-1961) Swedish diplomat; United Nations Secretary General 1953-61. His style brought more importance to U.N.

  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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