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Thursday the 31st of May, 2012
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Good morning,

Today we will finish this week's series about different words for meetings.

Today's word is: GET-TOGETHER

It means: An informal social meeting, similar to a gathering except with fewer people. You could have a get-together with only two people! To get together is also a verb used to refer to when people meet socially.

Example 1:
Erin: I'm planning a small get-together this long weekend. We'll probably have a barbeque. I'd love it if you could come, Julie.
Julie: That sounds fun!

Example 2
In the beginning, they held a weekly get-together to practice English at a small bar, but so many people started coming that they had to change to a bigger venue.

Example 3:
We're all getting together after work to celebrate Sam's birthday.

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

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday the 30th of May, 2012
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Good morning,

Today we have another noun to describe meetings among people.

Today's word is: REUNION

It means: a social gathering of people who have not seen each other in a long time. Reunions are often organised by groups of students, families, clubs and organisations. Watch out for this word because it is a false friend for Spanish speakers.

Example 1:
I was really disappointed that I couldn't go to my 10-year high school reunion, but I live too far away.

Example 2:
Jerry is hosting a family reunion next summer at his farm in Iowa.

Example 3:
Ursula is organising a reunion for all of the students who participated in the exchange programme to Germany in 1992.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday the 29th of May, 2012
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Good morning.

Yesterday we looked at the difference between the nouns MEETING and GATHERING. It seems appropriate, then, to refer to another common error amongst English students: the confusion between the verbs to know and to meet. The content from today was originally presented on February 27th, 2004.

When you are first introduced to someone, you meet them. After meeting them, you can then say that you know them. Consider the following examples.

Example 1:
Ellie: Today is our anniversary. We met for the first time exactly one year ago.
Melanie: Wow! You and Bill have only known each other for one year? I thought you had met a long time ago.

Example 2:
I knew him a long time ago, but we've lost contact; I have no idea where he is now.

Notice that in these examples KNOW is being used to describe a state during a lot of years. MEET always describes one moment or event in the past (the act of meeting), not a state. Consider the two sentences in example 3.

Example 3:
I met him a long time ago, but we didn't get married until last year.

I have known him for a long time, but we didn't get married until last year.

If you have any questions about the difference between these verbs, please leave a comment.

Have a good day!

Monday the 28th of May, 2012
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Good morning,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Today's words are: MEETING vs. GATHERING

MEETING means: A group of people that come together to speak about specific things (an "agenda"), usually in a formal way.

Example 1:
There will be a meeting of the Decorations Committee at 4 PM in the Recreation Room.

Example 2:
Our last meeting was not very time-effective. We wasted half an hour talking about personal matters before we began to discuss the items on the agenda.

GATHERING means: A meeting that is more social or informal, but where people still come together for a particular purpose. If it takes place at work, the word MEETING is more usual.

Example 3:
The holiday gathering is taking place at my place next Friday. You're all invited!

Example 4:
Kristy: I went to this gathering of entrepreneurs last night at a sushi bar. It was really worth it.
Jim: Why? Did you do a lot of networking?

Tomorrow we will look at some other words for describing meetings among people.

Have a pleasant day!

Friday the 25th of May, 2012
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Good morning again.

Hoy seguimos con nuestro repaso de la palabra inglesa SORT, que puede ser un sustantivo o verbo. Hoy estudiamos SORT como verbo y a partir de la semana que viene veremos otras expresiones con SORT.

Today's word is: SORT (verb)
(La palabra de hoy es: SORT)

Meaning 1
: to arrange things in groups or in a particular order based on their type; to separate things of one type from others.
(Significado 1: organizar las cosas en grupos o en un orden específico, basándose en su categoría; separar un tipo de cosas de otras.)

Example 1:
Every morning the receptionist sorts the mail and distributes it to the different departments in the company.
(Cada mañana la recepcionista organiza el correo y lo reparte entre los diferentes departamentos de la empresa.)

Example 2:
Your rubbish should be sorted into plastics, glass, paper and organic material.
(La basura debe ser separada en plástico, vidrio, papel y materia orgánica.)

Meaning 2: to deal with a problem or organize something or someone in a satisfactory way. (informal)
(Significado 2: tratar un problema u organizar algo o alguien de una manera satisfactoria.)

Example 3
It's our problem, but don't worry...we'll get it sorted.
(Es problema nuestro, no te preocupes...lo solucionaremos.)

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