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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, May 19, 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!
  • Science: database: collection of information in a computer, arranged so it's easy to find a particular piece of information.
  • Language Study: suffix: one or more letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning, like "-ly" in "friendly," "-s" in "books," etc.
  • Business: consumption: use of something. Users are called "consumers," verb is "to consume." "Consumption of beer goes up in summer."
  • Literature: romanticism: 19th-century artistic movement based on personal feelings, free imagination, fewer rules. Opposite of "classicism."
  • New Words: light pollution: too much light in a city making it hard to see the stars. "The light pollution made it hard to see the meteor shower."
  • Slang: Gotta run: "I have to go (quickly)." A: "Can you help me with my homework?" B: "Not now. Gotta run. Maybe tomorrow!"
  • Modern History: I cannot tell a lie: legend says George Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree, then admitted he did it with these words.

NOTES:
  1. Except for the Slang words, all the words in these Mini-Lessons came from lists either on the Oxford University Press site or in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Slang words are from my own list, 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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