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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Apr. 4, 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: absolute zero: lowest possible temperature, where all molecules stop moving. Around –273C, –460 F. It has never actually been seen.
  • Language Study: person: idea about pronouns and verbs. In English, 1st is speaker (I, we); 2nd listener (you); 3rd another (he, she, it, they)
  • Business: delegate: assign someone to do something. Also, sometimes, the person assigned. "Don't waste time on small things; delegate them."
  • Literature: C. S. Lewis: Oxford professor who wrote books on Christian teaching, as well as popular books like "The Chronicles of Narnia."
  • New Words: life coach: someone who gives people advice on how to live successfully. Not a psychologist, but still a trained professional.
  • Slang: how'd it go: asks if something was successful. A: "How'd your job interview go?" B: "Really well. They hired me!"
  • Modern History: Bill of Rights: an addition to the US Constitution limiting government power and making certain individual rights clear; has 10 items.

  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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