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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, May 5, 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: "3Cs" 2: Be clear. Say what needs to be said in the easiest way for the listener to "get it." Be understood!
  • Proverb: Carpe diem: Literally "Seize the day." Live for this moment; don't give up something now because something better might come later.
  • Academic Vocabulary: context: situation something happens in, or words around a word. "Try to understand a word's meaning from its context."
  • Literature: leprechauns: little men like elves in Irish stories. If you can catch one, he will lead you to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • Art: legend: traditional story, often believed to be true. Many works of art and music are based on popular legends.
  • Slang: to hassle someone: to be difficult toward someone. "My boss is always hassling me because I don't wear a tie."
  • Geography: peninsula: area of land with water on three sides, connected to a larger piece of land on one side.

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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