In time, these lessons and "stubs" will be migrated to the Buzzwords site.
Until then, consider them historical.

Mini-Lessons from Friday, May 11, 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: Tell stories in different tenses. Use past tense for what happened, present for what's happening now, future for what will happen.
  • Proverb: The devil is in the details: It's easy to make a general plan. But once we start becoming specific, it gets harder.
  • Academic Vocabulary: accompany: go with; be with. "He accompanied his boss on the trip." "Thunder always accompanies lightning."
  • Literature: Atlantis: mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean. The supposedly advanced civilization was destroyed when Atlantis sank.
  • Art: aesthetics: a branch of philosophy that studies what is beautiful, especially relating to art, music, design, etc.
  • Slang: What the…?: expresses surprise or annoyance. A: "I can't come to your party tomorrow." B: "What the...? But you promised!"
  • Geography: Twin Cities: in the US, St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN. Also, any two close cities with close connections, like Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

  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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