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Monday the 22nd of December, 2014
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THE DAILY VITAMIN IS ON HOLIDAY

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The Daily Vitamin will be on holiday until Wednesday, January 12th 2015.

To keep your English alive during the holidays, we encourage you to participate in the 30-Day English Challenge that we proposed in the Daily Vitamin from Friday, January 19th.

http://www.ziggurat.es/cat/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2476

We hope you have a wonderful break. We'll see you in 2015!


Friday the 19th of December, 2014
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COMPLETE A 30-DAY CHALLENGE WITH ZIGGURAT!

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Welcome to the last Daily Vitamin post of 2014!

Yesterday, we looked at the video by Matt Cutts about taking a 30-Day Challenge. In that video, we saw that completing a 30-Day Challenge can help you make positive changes to your life. 

We think that 30-Day Challenges can also be a great way to improve your English. That is why we are inviting our readers to participate in our Ziggurat 30-Day English Challenge. While we are taking a break from the Daily Vitamin posts during the holidays, we challenge you to find a way to practice English each day. 

The idea is to find something very small to do each day to improve your English. Many of our students have participated in these challenges already. Here are some ideas that they have had:

-Learn a new
phrasal verb every day
-Listen to a new song each day
-Read the headlines of an English newspaper
-Listen to audio books in English (5 or 10 minutes each day)
-Keep a journal (in English) of what you do each day
-Learn a new verb every morning and try to use it during your day
-Change your phone and Facebook and all other technology and social media to English 

We would like to invite you to improve your English in a fun way during the next month, and we encourage you to share your challenge with us on our
Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratEnglishServ

...or on our Twitter account, which is very appropriately named EnglishDaily:

https://twitter.com/EnglishDaily

What will you learn in the next 30 days?
We will be following your posts and tweets during the holidays, and we will give you feedback.

That's all for this post, and that's all for this year of the
Daily Vitamin. Thank you, readers, for your dedication to learning English. I hope that the holidays bring you health and happiness.

We'll be back on January 12th, 2015. Enjoy your holidays!


Thursday the 18th of December, 2014
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VIDEO: MATT CUTTS' 30-DAY CHALLENGE

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Welcome back for one of our last posts of 2014! And thank you for still taking time to read the Daily Vitamin, even when you are probably so busy with the holidays.

For today's post, we are looking at a video on TED.com. In this video, Google employee Matt Cutts tells us about his experiences doing 30-Day Challenges

What is a 30-Day Challenge? Cutts explains that a 30-Day Challenge is where you make a small change to your life for 30 days. You can add something, or you can take something away: the important thing is to make a small change. The goal is to improve your life a little by adding something positive or taking away something negative.

Before you watch, here is some vocabulary you might need for the video:

Morgan Spurlock:
an author and movie maker who created the documentary Supersize Me. In this film, Spurlock ate McDonald's for 30 days to see how it would change his health.

John Hodgman: a comedian and author.

Stuck in a rut
: to be unable to move (physically or metaphorically).

Give something a shot
: to try something.

Follow in (someone's) footsteps
: to do the same things as another person. 

To dwell on
: the act of focusing on something for a very long time. 

Memorable
: something you remember.

Likely
: possible.

Sustainable:
something that stays or remains.

Turn out:
how something ends. 

Figure out:
to discover or realize.

End up:
how something concludes; usually, this is not the ending you planned. 

Give up:
to quit.

You can watch the video at the following link.

http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days

Remember that you can use subtitles with Ted.com and there is also a transcript for you to read as well.


Thanks for reading the Daily Vitamin. Have a great day!


Wednesday the 17th of December, 2014
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SLANG: TO DECK OUT

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Hello everyone, and welcome to today's Daily Vitamin. For today's lesson, we are looking at the phrasal verb TO DECK OUT (and the adjective DECKED OUT).

Definition: to dress or decorate very fancily.

Example 1: We got all decked out for our holiday party

Example 2: You really decked out your house this year! It looks so beautiful with all these lights!

Example 3: She always decks her dog out in hilarious Christmas clothes and takes a funny picture. 

The word DECK is often associated with Christmas because of a famous Christmas song titled "Deck the Halls." The song title is also an expression that means to decorate a place with Christmas decor. You can listen to this song here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS9LvziuWVg


That's all for today. Tomorrow we will look at a short video from TED.com, which could help you to make some positive changes in your life.

Until then, have a great day!


Tuesday the 16th of December, 2014
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THE DIFFERENT NAMES FOR SANTA CLAUS

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin everyone, and happy Tuesday to you.

For today's lesson, we are looking at the different names for Santa Claus. Many in North America know him as Santa Claus, and this is often the name used in movies; but did you know some of these other names for the man in the red suit?

-Santa

-Saint Nicholas

-Saint Nick

-Father Christmas

-Kris Kringle

Around the world, he has many other names, including Pere Noel (in many French-speaking countries) and Babbo Natale (Italy). 

What do you call Santa Claus in your language? Let us know on our Facebook page.

As always, thanks for reading! We will see you tomorrow when we learn the holiday-related slang term, decked out.

Have a great day!