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

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, May 29, 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!
  • Tip: Record yourself. Use your phone or an MP3 recorder to playback and listen to your speech. Compare it to a native speaker!
  • Proverb: Live and let live: Don't interfere with others. Take care of your own needs, and let them take care of theirs.
  • Academic Vocabulary: portion: part of something. "A large portion of my morning is spent reading emails."
  • Literature: Sherwood Forest: a forest in England. Legend says Robin Hood lived there with his men. He "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor."
  • Art: Rorschach test: a test made of inkblots (messy marks on paper); the person tested looks at them and says what they make him think of.
  • Slang: You bet: absolutely, for sure. A: "Would you like to come over for dinner?" B: "You bet! What can I bring?"
  • Geography: Beverly Hills: city near Los Angeles. Known for being the home of rich people, movie stars. Also famous for TV teen drama "90210."

  1. Academic Vocabulary is the Academic Word List from Oxford University Press. This is "a list of words that you are likely to meet if you study at an English-speaking university."
  2. The Proverb, and the Literature, Art, and Geography words are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  3. The Tip and Slang 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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