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

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, May 10, 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: arthropods: division of animal kingdom, has animals with jointed legs, like insects, spiders, centipedes, and crustaceans (crabs, etc.)
  • Language Study: object: word(s) that receives action of a verb. In "Lou gave a shoe to Sue," "shoe" is a direct object, "Sue" an indirect object.
  • Business: scarcity: short supply of something. In economics, the idea that resources cannot match what people want. Opposite is "affluence."
  • Literature: Confucius: (551-479 BCE) Chinese philosopher famous for short, wise sayings. Much of Chinese culture is based on his ideas.
  • New Words: slam dunk: something easy to do (or certain to succeed). From basketball. A: "Did you pass the test?" B: "Sure! It was a slam dunk!"
  • Slang: What's the deal?: "What's wrong?" or "What's happening?" "I left a drink in the refrigerator, and now it's gone! What's the deal?"
  • Modern History: shoguns: Japanese leaders from 12th-19th centuries. The emperor had little power; the shogun ruled the army and the country.

  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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