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

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Mar. 4, 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: Current news articles with complete lessons:
  • Ancient History: Ferdinand Magellan: (1480–1521) Portuguese explorer. Died in the Philippines, but his men were the first to sail around the globe.
  • Irregular Verbs: I interweave work and family in my life. I interwove them just after I got married. I have interwoven them for years.
  • Idiom: lion's share: the largest amount of something, maybe too much. "The rich hold the lion's share of the world's money."
  • Pop Culture: telepathy: Supposed ability of some people to communicate with others using only the mind, not the five senses (sight, hearing, etc.).
  • Slang: humongous: very big. "That guy's rich. Have you seen his house? It's humongous!"
  • Government: global village: the idea that the whole world is closely connected by modern communications technology.

  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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