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Monday, March 5, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Monday, Mar. 5, 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: gradualism: idea that earth or animals change over a long period of time; opposite is catastrophism, where change is sudden
  • Language Study: dialect: sub-group of a language; British English, American English, Indian English, etc. are all dialects of English.
  • Business: laptop: a personal computer for mobile use. Types include notebook, netbook, tablet.
  • Literature: The Great Gatsby: 1925 novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Many think it one of the greatest American novels of 20th century.
  • New Words: roaming: connection service for a phone or internet account outside of the usual service area. There is often an extra "roaming fee."
  • Slang: keep in touch: stay in contact; call, write, etc. A: "Bye. See you next time I'm in town" B: "OK, keep in touch."
  • Modern History: Bonnie and Clyde: Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) outlaw couple of the 1930s. US public found them "romantic."

NOTES:
  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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