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Friday, April 20, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Apr. 19, 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!
  • Science: binary: based on two. Computer code using 0 and 1, like 01100001 means "a"; two stars circling each other are a "binary star," etc.
  • Language Study: run-on sentence: two or more complete sentences written without proper punctuation or conjunctions, like "I love my dog he is cute."
  • Business: recruit: as a verb, "to hire"; as a noun, someone recently hired. "When we finish recruiting, we'll have to train the new recruits."
  • Literature: Francis of Assisi: (1182-1226) Italian Catholic saint; son of a rich man, he started a group dedicated to poverty and good works.
  • New Words: baby bump: the rounded belly of a pregnant woman. "I didn't realize my boss was pregnant until I saw her baby bump."
  • Slang: to have (or keep) one's nose to the grindstone: to work hard. "Keep your nose to the grindstone and someday you'll own this company!"
  • Modern History: Peter the Great: (1672-1725) Tsar (king) of Russia, who brought his country from the Middle Ages into the modern European community.

  1. Except for the Slang words, all the words in these Mini-Lessons came from lists either on the Oxford University Press site or in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Slang words are from my own list, 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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