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

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Mar. 6, 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!
  • Tip: Use your phone to chat in English. As you waiting for a bus or sit in traffic, text friends in English and improve your expression.
  • Proverb: Practice what you preach: Do what you tell others to do. "My dad smokes, but won't let me. He needs to practice what he preaches."
  • Academic Vocabulary: justify: show why something is right or good. "You must work hard to justify your pay." "He had no justification for his expenses."
  • Literature: faith, hope, and charity: three "virtues" (good qualities) in the Bible: believe in God, expect the best, and have selfless love.
  • Art: composer: song writer, one who "composes" music; used for all types of music, from classical to pop.
  • Slang: mega-something: very, or super. "I can't buy that car; it's mega-expensive."
  • Geography: Samoa: country of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Dec. 29, 2011, skipped a day to match Australia and New Zealand instead of US.

  1. Academic Vocabulary is the Academic Word List from Oxford University Press. This is "a list of words that you are likely to meet if you study at an English-speaking university."
  2. The Proverb, and the Literature, Art, and Geography words are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  3. The Tip and Slang 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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