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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Mar. 1, 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: Podcasts with transcripts (written versions) and exercises: http://www.betteratenglish.com/
  • Ancient History: Babylonia: ancient Middle-Eastern civilization, one of the greatest of its time, located in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq.
  • Irregular Verbs: I do yoga every day. I did yoga for two hours yesterday. I have done yoga since 2003.
  • Idiom: call a spade a spade: be honest about how things are. "I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings, but I always call a spade a spade."
  • Pop Culture: Gilbert and Sullivan: created 14 comic operas from 1871 to 1896; many (like "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Mikado") are still performed.
  • Slang: any minute: soon. A: "Where is he?" B: "Don't worry; I'm sure he'll be here any minute."
  • Government: First Amendment: addition to US Constitution, promises freedom of religion, speech, press, and the right to gather together publicly.

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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