In time, these lessons and "stubs" will be migrated to the Buzzwords site.
Until then, consider them historical.

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Mar. 12, 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: Volunteer. If there is a place where foreigners go in your city, practice English as a volunteer guide or greeter. Meet new friends!
  • Proverb: Make haste slowly: Be careful even when you're in a hurry. If you act too quickly, you may have to do it again, taking even longer.
  • Academic Vocabulary: extract: take out of (v); something taken out (n). "The dentist extracted my tooth." "I use mint extract when I make cookies."
  • Literature: Jonah and the whale: Bible story of a man who went against God's wishes and was swallowed by a fish. In the end he came back to God.
  • Art: album: a collection of songs published together. Once a real album with several discs, it was been replaced by CDs and MP3s.
  • Slang: to be set for life: to have everything one needs until one dies. "If I get a good job, I'll be set for life."
  • Geography: Belgium: country of Western Europe, speaking Dutch, French, German. With Netherlands and Luxembourg forms Benelux economic union.

  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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