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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, May 26, 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: Listen to music, and sing along. Words are easier to remember in sentences, especially with rhythm and rhyme.
  • Proverb: Once bitten, twice shy: When we've had a bad experience with someone or something, we are less comfortable with it next time.
  • Academic Vocabulary: virtual: only a little different from. "My son is a virtual genius on piano." Also used for digital versions of things.
  • Literature: Promised Land: area of land that God promised to Abraham and his descendants. Considered to be Israel, conquered many years later.
  • Art: renaissance: a time when art and learning were revived in Europe in the 14th-17th centuries. Also, any "rebirth" of art or learning.
  • Slang: Nice shot: compliments shooting in video games or basketball. Also, good photography. A: "Look at my picture." B: "Ooo, nice shot!"
  • Geography: Santa Fe Trail: important 19th-century route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Largely replaced by the railroad.

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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