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

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Mar. 13, 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: Digital flashcards! Make a free account and study on your phone or computer:
  • Ancient History: Richard the Lion-Hearted: (1157–1199) King of England, spent most of time in France, and led a Crusade against Muslims in Middle East.
  • Irregular Verbs: I usually overshoot my goals. I overshot one last week, which made my boss happy. I have overshot goals all my life.
  • Idiom: on the warpath: angry, and "attacking" others. "Don't waste paper; the boss is on the warpath about cutting costs."
  • Pop Culture: punk: punk rock music and the clothing, ideas, literature, and art of its fans (called "punks").
  • Slang: sigh: loud breathing out, sound of a tired or unhappy person. "Sigh! I just can't get going today."
  • Government: naturalization: way to become a citizen in a country not one's own. Usually takes living there for some time, and making a promise.

  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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