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

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, May 27, 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: Be a Tour Guide!:
  • Ancient History: Incas: residents of South America before the Spanish came, centered in modern Peru. Empire was conquered by Pizarro.
  • Irregular Verbs: New opportunities arise daily. One arose for me this morning. Many have arisen in the past.
  • Idiom: pay the piper: accept the results of one's actions. A: "Oh, my head! I got drunk last night." B: "So now you have to pay the piper."
  • Pop Culture: polka: a type of dance and music. Polka bands in America often sound like "OOM-pa, OOM-pa" so called "oompa bands."
  • Slang: to be nosy: to be too interested in other people's business. A: "What's in your bag?" B: "None of your business. Don't be so nosy!"
  • Government: American Dream: the idea that in America (supposedly), anyone can become richer than they started, and have a more comfortable life.

  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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