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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Feb. 22, 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: paleontology: study of ancient plants and animals, especially ones that have become fossils.
  • Language Study: i.e.: short for Latin "id est," meaning "that is." Used to say something in other words. "I'm with my favorite person, i.e., my wife."
  • Business: tenant: person who occupies property (land, house, office, etc.) and pays rent to the owner. Also called a "lessee" (one who leases).
  • Literature: Winnie-the-Pooh: popular bear from children's books (1926 and 1928), friend of Christopher Robin. He loves "hunny" (honey).
  • New Words: wow factor: ability to make people say "Wow!" Often hard to explain. "People love Lady Gaga because of her wow factor."
  • Slang: Ouch!: a sound of pain, but also used when someone says something that hurts your feelings. A: "Your shirt is ugly." B: "Ouch!"
  • Modern History: Ottoman Empire: created by the Turks from the 14th to the 20th centuries, now modern Turkey. Once covered parts of three continents.

  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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