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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Mar. 10, 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!
  • Link: Free daily vocabulary quiz: http://www.splendid-speaking.com/products/wotd/index.html
  • Ancient History: bread and circuses: a Roman way of ruling: keep the people happy with food and entertainment, while ruling without honor
  • Irregular Verbs: The people beseech their leaders for help. They beseeched (besought) them for a school last year. They have besought them regularly.
  • Idiom: face the music: accept responsibility for something. "You were caught stealing money; now you have to face the music."
  • Pop Culture: Johnny Appleseed: (1774-1845), born John Chapman, an American famous for planting apple trees in a large area of the U.S.
  • Slang: The best is yet to come!: whether your life is good or bad, the future will be (even) better. "Keep at it; the best is yet to come!"
  • Government: nonviolent resistance: peaceful method to get a government to change its way of doing things. Made famous by Gandhi and M. L. King.

NOTES:
  1. The Idiom, the History and Government words, and some of the Pop Culture words, are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Link was found online; the Slang words, the Irregular Verbs, and some of the Pop Culture 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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