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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Mar. 11, 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: communicable disease: a disease which can be passed from one person to another; sometimes also called a "contagious" disease.
  • Language Study: question tag: also tag question; "isn't it?" "don't you?" etc. added to a statement to make it a question. "You're Bob, aren't you?"
  • Business: utility: usefulness. "We judge new products on their utility." Also, public services ("utilities") such as water and electric supply.
  • Literature: cathedral: central or main church of a large area. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was set in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
  • New Words: workflow: a model of work involving a number of steps or operations, and the amount of work finished.
  • Slang: Aaanyyywaaaay: changes the subject of conversation. A: "...and then we're going to Hawaii." B: "Aaanyyywaaaay, let's get to work..."
  • Modern History: John Wilkes Booth: (1838-1865) famous American actor who shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865.

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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