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

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, May 15, 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: Read short classics (with help):
  • Ancient History: Herodotus: ancient Greek historian. Wrote the first "objective" history in the West, so called the "father of history."
  • Irregular Verbs: Carpenters build houses. They built hundreds last year. We cannot count how many they have built.
  • Idiom: Davy Jones's Locker: bottom of the sea. A: "What happened to his body when he died at sea?" B: "He was buried in Davy Jones' Locker."
  • Pop Culture: Allen, Woody: (b. 1935) American director, actor, comedian and author. His over 40 films often portray the struggles of modern people.
  • Slang: guy troubles: or "girl troubles," problems in a relationship. A: "What's wrong?" B: "Guy troubles." A: "You need a better boyfriend!"
  • Government: Democrat: member of the more liberal of America's two political parties (the other is "Republican"). Obama is a Democrat.

  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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