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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, May 8, 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: "3Cs" 3: Be concise. Don't use unnecessary words or structures; "It happened because," not "The reason why it happened was because."
  • Proverb: Nothing succeeds like success: Everyone loves a winner! If someone is successful, people trust her more the next time.
  • Academic Vocabulary: require: need, depend on; make someone do something. "Being a teacher requires a lot of patience."
  • Literature: Dead Sea Scrolls: rolled-up "books" from 2nd century CE, many with Bible texts, found in caves near the Dead Sea in Palestine in 1947.
  • Art: ballerina: female ballet dancer. Lead or most important one is called a "prima ballerina."
  • Slang: to drive one crazy: also "make one crazy," "make one nuts." Annoy one. "Rain, rain, rain! This weather is driving me crazy!"
  • Geography: Cairo: capital and largest city of Egypt (population 5,517,000). Historic center and modern port on the Nile.

NOTES:
  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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