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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Apr. 21, 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: Learn to paraphrase (say things in other words):
  • Ancient History: 1066: year in which French duke William of Normandy beat the British at the Battle of Hastings and became King of England.
  • Irregular Verbs: Children often outgrow their clothes. When my brothers outgrew theirs, I got them. When mine were outgrown, we threw them out!
  • Idiom: take the bull by the horns: face an unpleasant thing directly. "I hear Tom's always late; take the bull by the horns and fire him."
  • Pop Culture: Elvis Presley: (1935-1977) one of America's first rock 'n' roll superstars. His dancing style was considered very daring in the 1950s.
  • Slang: dead on: exactly right. A: "The weatherman said it would rain today." B: "Well, he was dead on. It's pouring out there!"
  • Government: extradition: agreement between some countries to send back a person who breaks the law in one country and runs away to another.

  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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