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Friday, April 13, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Apr. 12, 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: Write better sentences:
  • Ancient History: Iron Age: third of 3 ages (after Stone and Bronze) before modern age. 1200 BC-400 AD in Europe, different times in other places.
  • Irregular Verbs: If you try to bend a pencil, it might break. I broke several trying it. My friend hasn't broken any.
  • Idiom: butter someone up: praise a powerful person to get them on your side. A: "I'm failing math!" B: "Oh, better butter up the teacher."
  • Pop Culture: empty nest: the time in the lives of moms and dads when all the children have left home.
  • Slang: Whoa!: expresses surprise; can also mean "stop." A: "I'm getting married to Sue." B: "Whoa! Didn't you just meet her?"
  • Government: Oval Office: office of US president, located in the White House. May mean "the president," as in "The Oval Office announced today..."

  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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