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Friday, May 18, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, May 18, 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: Listen to (and read) Aesop's Fables, with vocabulary help: http://edition.englishclub.com/category/podcasts/aesops-fables/
  • Ancient History: Attila the Hun: (d. 453) took over much of central and eastern Europe. No one knows who the Huns were, nor what language they spoke.
  • Irregular Verbs: Truth may underlie a legend. Lincoln's honesty underlay many stories about him. Truth has underlain many stories like that.
  • Idiom: left-handed compliment: a compliment with two meanings, one bad. "Hey, that painting's not bad, for a beginner."
  • Pop Culture: country and western music: Pop music from southeast and southwest US. Nashville, TN is considered the "headquarters."
  • Slang: Missed it by that much!: joke made when disappointed. A: "Did you pass the test?" B: "Nope! Missed it by that much!" B: "Too bad!"
  • Government: red tape: processes in law and government that slow things down. "Cutting through the red tape" means getting things done quickly.

NOTES:
  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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