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Tuesday the 19th of June, 2018
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THE ALPHABET GAME: 'R'

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Hello everyone and welcome to day 18 of the Alphabet Game. Today we are looking at the letter R. Are you ready?

Here is today's sentence. 

Sentence: I worked on Wall Street for years, but I changed careers because I was tired of the _____ race. 

Here are some hints to help you. 

Hint 1: The missing word is an animal. 

Hint 2: The word completes an expression that means "an endless, pointless pursuit of something (usually in business or work)."

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Friday the 24th of November, 2017
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ANIMAL IDIOMS (TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS)

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Hello everyone!

Today is our last day of Animal Idioms. We are learning the expression TO TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS

Definition: To deal with a difficult or dangerous situation, without hesitation. 

Example 1: No one wanted to run the meeting, so I took the bull by the horns and began telling everyone what to do. 

Example 2: It's time that I take the bull by the horns in my job and start making more decisions about our clients and accounts. 

We also say, "GRAB the bull by the horns."

This expression probably originated from the American West and was used by cowboys to talk about their work. You can learn more about its origin at the following link. 

http://www.onestopenglish.com/community/your-english/phrase-of-the-week/phrase-of-the-week-to-take-the-bull-by-the-horns/145677.article

We hope you enjoyed these useful (business-related) idioms with animals.

Next week, we focus on ways to end a business email or letter.

Have a great weekend!



Thursday the 23rd of November, 2017
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ANIMAL IDIOMS (TALK TURKEY)

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Good morning to our readers!

Did you know that it's Thanksgiving in the United States today? (Thanksgiving in Canada was on Monday, October 8th.) We chose an appropriate Animal Idiom for today: TO TALK TURKEY

Definition: To talk business; to talk honestly and directly. 

Example 1: We started the meeting by talking about his family, and then we talked turkey

Example 2: So, let's talk turkey. What is your company willing to offer us for this sale?

We thought that since we eat turkey at Thanksgiving that this would be an appropriate time to learn this idiom.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it!

At Ziggurat we are thankful for you, our readers, and the chance to communicate and practice English with you.

Have a great day!



Wednesday the 22nd of November, 2017
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ANIMAL IDIOMS (RAT RACE)

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Welcome back everyone and happy Wednesday to you.

Are you ready for today's Animal Idiom? Today's idiom is RAT RACE

Definition: an endless, pointless pursuit of something (usually in business or work). 

Example 1: He wasn't interested in the rat race of Wall Street, so he became a yoga teacher on a small island. 

Example 2: People are tired of the rat race, but they don't know how to get out of this lifestyle. 

We use the term because it reminds us of rats running through a laboratory maze to get a piece of cheese, or on a circular treadmill where they get nowhere. The image makes us think of people running and competing with each other (for something small). 

That's all for this lesson. I hope you're not feeling like you're in a rat race at your job. If you do feel that way, remember, there is always a way out.

Have a great day!



Tuesday the 21st of November, 2017
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ANIMAL IDIOMS (NEST EGG)

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Hello everyone and thank you for taking some time out of your day to read the Daily Vitamin.

This week we are studying Animal Idioms. Yesterday we looked at HOLD YOUR HORSES; today's expression is NEST EGG, which is related to animals since birds make nests (and lay eggs). A NEST is what birds build as a home for their EGGS.

Definition: money that has been saved for a special purpose. 

Example 1: I have a nest egg for my first home. 

Example 2: My parents have a nest egg saved for my children's college fees.

That's all for today. As always, thanks for reading!

Have an excellent day.