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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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!
  • Link: Lots of vocabulary lessons, with free audio: http://www.esl-lab.com/vocab/index.htm
  • Ancient History: Black Death: 14th-century disease, killed nearly half of Western Europe. A form of bubonic plague, caused by fleas living on rats.
  • Irregular Verbs: Children often ring my doorbell. One rang it yesterday. They have rung it many times.
  • Idiom: second wind: renewed energy after being tired. "I was going to leave work at 7pm; but I got my second wind, and stayed til 10."
  • Pop Culture: Ansel Adams: (1902-1984) American photographer. Made clear, real-looking black-and-white of nature scenes and buildings.
  • Slang: this second: right now, or just a moment ago. "Oh, you're here? I just called your house this second."
  • Government: left-wing: liberal political views, especially those meant to help the poor, weak, or powerless.

NOTES:
  1. The Idiom, the History and Government words, and some of the Pop Culture words, are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Link was found online; the Slang words, the Irregular Verbs, and some of the Pop Culture 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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