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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Feb. 29, 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 an English newspaper. Find short articles and find out what's happening in the world. Builds vocabulary, great for discussion.
  • Proverb: Love conquers all: Whatever problem people are having, if there's enough love, they can fix it. (But it might take some work!)
  • Academic Vocabulary: invoke: use someone's name, a law, or another outside authority to get what one wants. "He invoked his rights as a citizen."
  • Literature: Dionysus: Greek god of wine and drama (called "Bacchus" in Rome). His followers had wild parties to worship him.
  • Art: sketch: a simple drawing (sometimes painting) used like "notes" for a larger, finished work. Also a verb, "to sketch."
  • Slang: uh, uh-huh, and huh-uh: a thinking sound, "yes," and "no." A: "Uh, can I borrow some money?" B: (if yes) "Uh-huh." (if no) "Huh-uh."
  • Geography: Washington, D.C.: US capital city. "DC" = "District of Columbia." Can be confusing, as there is a Washington State in the western US.

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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