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Friday the 28th of June, 2013
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Good morning everyone!

A lo largo de las próximas 3 semanas, vamos a estudiar la palabra SPOT y algunas expresiones con ella.

Meaning 1 (noun)
: A small mark or point, usually round, on a surface.
(Significado 1 (sustantivo): una marca o punto pequeño, normalmente redondo, en una superficie.)

Example 1:
There are a few spots of ink on that paper. It doesn't look very professional. I think it's best to begin again.
(Hay algunas manchas de tinta en ese papel. No da una imagen muy profesional. Creo que es mejor empezar de nuevo.)

Meaning 2 (noun): A specific place or location.
(Significado 2 (sustantivo): un lugar o ubicación específica.)

Example 2:
Lake Nauhuat is a lonely spot, inaccessible by road. To get there, you'll have to hike or take a canoe.
(El lago Nauhuat es un lugar aislado, inaccesible por carretera. Para llegar allí, tendrás que caminar o ir en canoa.)

Example 3:
You said you had washed the floor but I think you missed that spot behind the couch. It's a bit dusty back there.
(Dijiste que habías fregado el suelo pero creo que has olvidado una parte detrás del sofá. Está cubierto de polvo allí detrás.)

Meaning 3 (verb): to notice something or see something, particularly if you are looking for it.
(Significado 3 (verbo): Fijarse en algo o ver algo, sobre todo si lo estás buscando.)

Example 4:
Angela: If we're really quiet and we don't move, we may be able to spot a bird.
(Si somos muy silenciosos y no nos movemos, posiblemente podremos ver un pájaro.)
Sandy: How exciting! I have my camera all ready to take a photo.
(¡Qué emocionante! Tengo mi cámara preparada para tomar una foto.)

Example 5:
When I worked as a magazine editor, I became very good at spotting grammatical and spelling errors.
(Cuando trabajaba como director de una revista, llegué a ser muy bueno en ver errores gramaticales y ortográficos.)

NOTA CULTURAL: ¿Sabías que Spot es un nombre común para un perro, sobre todo en EEUU?

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Thursday the 27th of June, 2013
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Good morning everyone.

Today we finish our short series of Daily Vitamins about expressions with SHOW.

Today's SHOW expression is: to SHOW someone (A)ROUND

Meaning: to be a guide for someone when they visit a place for the first time to show them what is interesting.

Example 1:
One of the employees showed us around the factory. It was very interesting.

Example 2:
Has anyone shown you round yet? If you want, I can take you on a short tour of the school.

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

Have a pleasant day!

Wednesday the 26th of June, 2013
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Good morning!

Today we continue with another SHOW expression.

Today's expression is: TO SHOW OFF

It means: to act in a vain, demonstrative and often obnoxious way to get attention. When you show off, you hope that people will admire you.

Example 1:
Meredith continually showed off her mathematical knowledge in class by volunteering to answer all of the teacher's questions, and never letting anybody else answer.

Example 2:
I know that Greg is the top salesperson but he doesn't have to show off so much in front of the entire sales team. A little modesty would be nice!

Have a great day!

Tuesday the 25th of June, 2013
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Good morning!

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. Now that St. John has been celebrated, I think we can say that summer is now officially here!

Our topic for this week of Daily Vitamins is expressions which include SHOW.

Today's expression is: TO SHOW UP

It means
: to appear

Example 1:
Brett: I can't find my glasses anywhere!
Sharon: I'm sure that they'll show up somewhere in the house. Were you wearing them recently?

Example 2:
I hate it when guests show up late for my dinner parties. It always causes me problems with finishing the food preparation.

Tomorrow we will explain another expression with SHOW.

Have a nice day!

Friday the 21st of June, 2013
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Good morning!

Hoy presentamos nuestro último grupo de verbos relacionados con el transporte.

Today's verbs are related to: BOATS and SEA TRAVEL
(Los verbos de hoy están relacionados con: BARCOS y VIAJES EN EL MAR)

EMBARK --> to get on board a boat (embarcar / subir a bordo de un barco)
DISEMBARK --> to get off a boat (desembarcar / bajar de un barco)
SET SAIL --> when a boat leaves on a voyage (zarpar / cuando un barco comienza un viaje)
--> to travel on a sailing boat (navegar / viajar en un velero)
--> to travel on a ship or to take a cruise (viajar en un barco o hacer un crucero)
ROW --> to move a small boat, a row boat, with oars (remar / mover un bote pequeño, un bote a remo, con remos)
ANCHOR --> to secure a boat in one position by dropping an anchor (anclar / sujetar una embarcación por medio del ancla )
MOOR --> to "park" a boat in a port by tying it to the dock (amarrar / atracar un barco en un puerto amarrándolo)
--> when a boat fills with water and sinks or it is destroyed at sea (hundirse / naugrafar / cuando un barco se llena de agua y se hunde o se destruye en el mar)

Example Sentences:
- There was a feeling of excitement when the passengers embarked on the transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York.
(Había un sentimiento de entusiasmo cuando los pasajeros embarcaron en el viaje transatlántico desde Southampton hasta Nueva York.)

- Please watch your step as you disembark down the gangway.
(Por favor, camina con cuidado mientras desembarcas por la pasarela.)

- The sail boats participating in the race will set sail at 10 a.m.
(Los veleros que participan en la carrera zarparán a las 10:00 de la mañana.)

- The ship cruises at a speed of 18 knots/hour when it is at high sea.
(El buque navega a 18 nudos/hora cuando está en alta mar.)

- My arms are getting tired of rowing. Can you take a turn, please?
(Se me están cansando los brazos de remar. ¿Puedes hacer un turno, por favor?)

- The captain anchored the cruise ship but it was too big to moor in the harbour so the passengers were taken to port by motorboat.
(El capitán ancló el crucero pero era demasiado grande para echar amarras en el puerto por lo que se llevaron a los pasajeros al puerto en lanchas a motor.)

- It's a story about a sailing ship that sinks during a terrible storm. The surviving passengers are ship-wrecked on a small tropical island.
(Es una historia sobre un velero que se hunde durante una terrible tormenta. Los supervivientes son náufragos en una pequeña isla tropical.)

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Have a good day and an excellent weekend!