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Tuesday the 31st of January, 2012
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TO INTRODUCE vs. TO PRESENT

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning.

Today we look at the difference between the verbs to introduce and to present.

Meaning of introduce: to make one person known to another person by name. We also use this verb with a reflexive pronoun (myself, yourself, himself, etc.) if we are introducing ourselves.

Meaning of present: to formally introduce another person, particularly in a presentation or before an audience.

Example 1:
Ellie is a wonderful hostess. Whenever she has a party, she always makes sure to introduce her guests to each other.

Example 2:
I'm sorry! I haven't introduced myself. My name is Neil Harte and I'm the head of sales here at Rock Investments.

Example 3:
Good afternoon and thank you for coming to the lecture. It gives me great pleasure to present our speaker, Dr. Amanda White.

Example 4
:
I'd like to present the winners of this year's Concerned Citizen Award: Richard Holland and Katherine Kahne. Please give them a big hand!

Remember to post comments and questions about today's lesson in the Daily Vitamin section on our website; please don't send us questions by email.

Enjoy the rest of your day!



Monday the 30th of January, 2012
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STRANGER vs. FOREIGNER

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Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

Today we look at the difference between stranger and foreigner in English.

Meaning of Stranger: a person that you do not know.

Meaning of Foreigner: a person that was born in, or that comes from, a foreign country.

Example 1:
My mother always told me not to talk to strangers. She said that if a stranger approached me that I should tell an adult that I knew!

Example 2:
Laney can get very nervous when she has to give a presentation to a room full of strangers, so she always tries to find a friendly face in the audience.

Example 3:
The local education authority offers free language classes to foreigners.

Example 4:
There weren't any foreigners living in my village when I first moved there, so people were very interested in who I was and where I'd come from.

Remember to post comments and questions about today's lesson in the Daily Vitamin section on our website; please don't send us questions by email.

Have a great day!



Friday the 27th of January, 2012
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STUFF (EWV)-3

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Good morning!

Hoy seguimos con nuestra serie de Essential Weekly Vitamins sobre stuff. Hoy miramos 3 expresiones con stuff.

Today's first expression is: to know your stuff
(La primera expresión de hoy es: saber sobre tus cosas.)

It means: to know a lot about something.
(Significa: ser experto en la materia.)

Example 1:
If you have any questions about English, you can ask Rachel. She really knows her stuff.
(Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el inglés, puedes preguntar a Rachel. Realmente es experta en la materia.)

Today's second expression is: to do your stuff
(La segunda expresión de hoy es: hacer tus cosas.)

It means: to do what you have prepared to do.
(Significa: hacer lo que has preparado.)

Example 2:
Speaker 1: I'm very nervous about making this speech.
(Estoy muy nervioso sobre el discurso que tengo que hacer.)
Speaker 2: Don't worry. You're prepared and you are going to do a great job. Now get out there and do your stuff!
(No te preocupes. Estás preparado y vas a hacerlo bien. Ahora, sal y haz lo que sabes hacer.)

Today's third and final expression is: ...and stuff like that.
(La tercera, y última, expresión de hoy es: y cosas así.)

It's used: to refer to things that are similar or related to what you are talking about.
(Se utiliza para referirse a cosas que son similares o relacionadas con lo que estás diciendo.)

Example 3:
Speaker 1: What did you think of my speech?
(¿Qué te pareció mi discurso?)
Speaker 2: It was excellent, but you need to work on body language; you know, smiling, eye contact and stuff like that.
(Ha sido excelente, pero necesitas trabajar tu lenguaje corporal; ya sabes, sonrisa, contacto visual y cosas así.)

Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el contenido de la Essential Weekly Vitamin de hoy, por favor pon un comentario en la sección de la Daily Vitamin en nuestra web, clicando en el botón "Add a Comment".

I hope you have a nice day and a great weekend!


Thursday the 26th of January, 2012
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PERK

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Good morning.

Today's word is
: PERK

Meaning: something extra (a privilege) that an employee receives in addition to salary and benefits (benefits = medical coverage, retirement plans, etc.). Perks may include things like: the use of a company car, free meals, coupons or tickets, flexible time schedules, attending conference, training, etc.

Example 1
:
Employees at Google have so many fun perks, like snack rooms, gym and exercise rooms and chill-out spaces where they can relax.

Example 2:
I wasn't sure that I'd take the job, but one of the perks was restaurant coupons. I realized that I could save a lot of money if I didn't have to pay for my own lunch every day.

Example 3:
I just got two free tickets to the opera. It's one of the perks of working for a PR company.

Remember that tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Have a good day!



Wednesday the 25th of January, 2012
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TO GET A RAISE

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Good morning. Today we continue with yesterday's topic of salaries.

Today's expression is: TO GET A RAISE

Meaning: to receive an increase in your salary or wage.

Example 1:
Tony got a raise after reaching his objectives three years in a row.

Example 2:
After taking a course about negotiation, I asked my boss for a raise. I didn't get it though.

It's important to note that employees get raises and employers give raises.

TO GIVE A RAISE

Example 3
:
My boss wouldn't give me a raise, so I decided to look for another job.

Example 4:
Giving the team a raise may help to increase performance, but it's not the only factor. How else can we motivate them?

For other expressions and information about the verb RAISE see the Daily Vitamins from the week of November 10th, 2008.

If you have any questions or comments about these expressions or words, please post a comment on the Daily Vitamin section on our website.

Enjoy the rest of your day!