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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Apr. 17, 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: Read magazines about your passion. If you read something boring, you'll be bored. So read something you love: you'll love it!
  • Proverb: Don't judge a book by its cover: Don't decide if something (or someone) is good or bad based on appearance. See what's inside.
  • Academic Vocabulary: terminate: end (something). "I can't believe Mike got fired; his termination was a surprise to everybody."
  • Literature: Adonis: Greek god of beauty and desire; used to describe any young, very handsome man.
  • Art: venue: a place where an event happens: a gallery may be an art venue, a concert hall a music venue, a stadium a sports venue, etc.
  • Slang: a million times: an exaggeration, "many, many times." "I told you a million times to stop exaggerating!" (ha)
  • Geography: Tahiti: Pacific island, center of French Polynesia. Capital is Papeete; official language is French.

  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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