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

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, May 24, 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: How to Start an English Club:
  • Ancient History: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: famous ancient buildings and statues. From the best-known list, only the pyramids still stand.
  • Irregular Verbs: I dig holes to plant trees. I dug one yesterday. I have dug many in my life.
  • Idiom: Achilles' heel: weak point. "That player handles the ball well, but he never makes a basket. Shooting is his Achilles heel."
  • Pop Culture: Oklahoma!: a play (later a movie) with several famous songs, including "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" and the title song.
  • Slang: Shoot: "go ahead." A: "May I ask you a question?" B: "Shoot!" Can also be a mild swear word. "Oh, shoot! I forgot my keys!"
  • Government: common law: law based on custom, rather than on legal decisions by government.

  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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