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Monday, April 30, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, Apr. 29, 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: Practice follow-up questions. "Where are you from?" "Peru." "Oh, Peru. What's that like? What language do you speak?" etc. Learn more!
  • Proverb: You can't unscramble an egg: Once you've done something, you must accept the consequences. It can't be "undone."
  • Academic Vocabulary: instance: particular example of something. "There have been several instances of discrimination this year."
  • Literature: zodiac: 12 signs in the night sky (animals made of stars) that can supposedly tell the future of people born at certain times.
  • Art: bronze: A metal made of copper (Cu) and tin (Sn); also, a statue made of bronze. Rodin's "The Thinker" is a famous bronze.
  • Slang: What next?: Feeling that another bad thing will happen. "First I lost my wallet; then my phone battery died. What next?"
  • Geography: Kilimanjaro: an inactive volcano in Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa. It is 5,895 meters or 19,341 feet above sea level.

  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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