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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Feb. 8, 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 with a pen. It's the difference between reading and studying! Underline, take notes, and let the pen help you remember.
  • Proverb: You can't take it with you: Riches are only yours 'til you die. Don't waste your life trying to get rich; share what you have.
  • Academic Vocabulary: constitute: make up or form something. "Men constitute the majority of managers in most American businesses."
  • Literature: Zeus: king of the Greek gods and god of the heavens (called "Jupiter" in Rome). Married to Hera, he lives on Mount Olympus.
  • Art: Sistine Chapel: a chapel (like a small church) in the Vatican, in Rome; Michelangelo painted its walls and ceilings with Bible stories.
  • Slang: to hang (out) : to spend time, not doing much. "I like to hang out in the local coffee shop." "Let's just hang this weekend."
  • Geography: Galapagos Islands: islands near South America in the Pacific Ocean, part of country of Ecuador. Darwin built some of his ideas here.

  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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