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

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, May 12, 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: Pronunciation Games:
  • Ancient History: William the Conqueror: (1028-1087) French duke who invaded England in 1066. Won the Battle of Hastings, became King William I.
  • Irregular Verbs: My cousin can shoe a horse. She shod one last week. I have never shod any.
  • Idiom: status quo: the existing condition. A: "Should we revise our policies?" B: "No, just maintain the status quo."
  • Pop Culture: zero population growth: tries to keep a country the same size. A US group suggests each couple "stop at two" but one or none is better.
  • Slang: to have what it takes: to be able to do a job. "Sorry to fire you, Brad; you're a nice guy, but you don't have what it takes."
  • Government: apartheid: former policy of the South African government to keep blacks and whites completely separate. Ended in the 1990s.

  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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