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Monday, May 14, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Monday, May 14, 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: Make a study schedule. Doing a little every day is better than a lot once a week; make a daily plan and follow it!
  • Proverb: A fool and his money are soon parted: Think of the opposite: Wise people use their money carefully.
  • Academic Vocabulary: subsequent: coming after something else. "The first cup of coffee is $3; subsequent cups are free."
  • Literature: Moses: legendary 13th-12th century BCE leader of people of Israel. Recorded 10 Commandments, brought people out of Egypt.
  • Art: fetish: originally, a thing that ancient people thought was very powerful, such as a small carved animal worn on a necklace.
  • Slang: Nailed that sucker!: did something successfully. A: "Here, shoot a basket." (B shoots and it goes in.) B: "HAH! Nailed that sucker!"
  • Geography: The Alps: mountain range in Southern Europe, from France, Switzerland, Italy to Austria, Slovenia, Croatia. Mont Blanc is 4810 meters.

NOTES:
  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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