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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, May 23, 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: Listen to (or read) English news. Many websites tell current stories in simple language. Even better, discuss the news with a friend!
  • Proverb: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: It's better to stop a problem before it happens than to have to fix it later.
  • Academic Vocabulary: differentiate: see or show that two things are not the same. "Can you differentiate a cow from a bull?"
  • Literature: an eye for an eye: idea in law saying that punishment should be equal to the crime: not more, not less.
  • Art: Moonlight Sonata: a piece of music for piano, written by Beethoven. Called "Moonlight" for its peaceful beginning.
  • Slang: the love department: the romantic side of life. "I'm making a lot of money, but I'm not doing so well in the love department."
  • Geography: Southern Hemisphere: half of Earth located south of equator. Includes Australia, Antarctica; most of South America; part of Africa.

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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