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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Apr. 14, 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: Carry something--ALWAYS. Have a book to read, cards to study, an MP3 to listen to. There are many "empty" times in the day, so STUDY.
  • Proverb: Time heals all wounds: Whatever happens, you feel better after time passes. "I know you're sad now, but 'Time heals all wounds.'"
  • Academic Vocabulary: accurate: correct and true; giving correct information. "We need an accurate report before we make a decision."
  • Literature: Apocrypha: meaning "hidden," especially refers to books that are not accepted by the Church but are about Bible people (like Jesus).
  • Art: Saint Peter's Basilica: a church located inside Vatican City thought by many to be the most important church building in the world.
  • Slang: you guys: a slang plural of "you." A: "Can I bring some friends to the party?" B: "Sure! We'd love to have you guys."
  • Geography: Rocky Mountains: or the Rockies, major mountain range in Canada and US. Much of the range is public lands, popular for recreation.

NOTES:
  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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