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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Apr. 27, 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: Vocabulary and Idiom practice:
  • Ancient History: Aztecs: ancient people of central Mexico, centered on Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City). Conquered by the Spanish in 1521.
  • Irregular Verbs: I bid my friends goodbye when they leave. I bade one farewell last week. I have bidden goodbye to far too many!
  • Idiom: damn with faint praise: criticize by praising it a little, for example: A: "Do you like my new dress?" B: "Yes, it's not too bad."
  • Pop Culture: Girl Scouts of the USA: popular club for American girls 5-17, to teach them to be good citizens and to learn many skills.
  • Slang: That cuts both ways: something applies to two sides. "Brian wants me to work more; but that cuts both ways: he has to do more, too."
  • Government: Red Cross: international group that cares for people during wars and natural disasters. Headquarters in Switzerland.

  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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