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

Mini-Lessons from Monday, May 21, 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: Read Proverbs (with meanings and vocabulary):
  • Ancient History: Middle Ages: European era between ancient and modern times. The Church was all-powerful; little new knowledge was developed.
  • Irregular Verbs: Some students often oversleep. One student overslept yesterday. He has overslept three times this semester.
  • Idiom: touch and go: not certain. A: "Did you finish the race?" B: "It was touch and go for a while, but I finally crossed the finish line."
  • Pop Culture: kitsch: art and furniture that are expensive but ugly. Some people like it because it's unusual.
  • Slang: to get canned: to be fired. A: "Why are you so upset?" B: "I got canned! Now I have to look for another job."
  • Government: Scholastic Aptitude Test: standard test for entry to American universities. Some feel the test is unfair to minority students.

  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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