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

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, May 3, 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: Listen to the news (with exercises):
  • Ancient History: Constantine the Great: (272-337CE) first Roman emperor to become Christian, gave religious freedom. Moved capital to Constantinople.
  • Irregular Verbs: I grow tomatoes. I grew 20 this year. I have grown hundreds in the past.
  • Idiom: fly-by-night: not trustworthy or respectable. A: "Should I buy from XYZ Company?" B: "No! They're a fly-by-night operation."
  • Pop Culture: Home on the Range: cowboy song. "The range" is the open spaces where cows live. Begins: "O give me a home where the buffaloes roam..."
  • Slang: to get one's licks in: to have an effect. A: "Susie is small, but she often makes goals in soccer." B: "Yeah, she gets her licks in!"
  • Government: take the Fifth: claim rights under the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution; you don't have to be a witness against yourself, etc.

  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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