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Friday the 28th of May, 2004
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BEING ILL-2

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Good morning,

Thanks for all your kind e-mails. I was a bit ill yesterday, but it was nothing serious. I already feel better.

Today we continue with expressions related to being ill. Yesterday I received some questions, so I'll start by answering one of them.

The difference between sick and ill
Both of these words mean "enfermo", but ill is more common in the UK and sick is more common in the US. However, there is lots of variation.

Be sick and get sick can also refer to vomiting, especially in the UK. When you vomit, food that you have eaten suddenly comes out of your stomach through your mouth.

Example 1
Something I ate at lunch is making me feel ill. I think I'm going to be sick.

There are other more colloquial synonyms of vomit or get sick:
-Throw up
-Barf

Example 2
Something I ate at lunch is making me feel ill. I think I'm going to throw up.

Example 3
Something I ate at lunch is making me feel sick (US). I think I'm going to barf.

Example 2 and Example 3 are a little more informal, especially Example 3.

I'm glad that I was ill yesterday because I now see that this is a very important vocabulary area to cover. On Monday we will continue with expression related to being ill.

If you have questions about today's Daily Vitamin, you can always leave a comment. I'm feeling better, so it will be no problem for me to answer you.

Enjoy the rest of your day and have an excellent LONG weekend!


Thursday the 27th of May, 2004
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BEING ILL-1

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Good morning,

Today I'm not feeling well, so I've decided to review expressions that we use when we are ill. We'll start with expressions that use "I've got" or "I have."

I've got a headache: We use this when we feel pain (dolor) in our head. We can also say my head hurts.

I've got a sore throat: We use this expression when we feel pain in our throat (garganta).

I've got a cold (resfriado): When we have a cold, we are congested, that is we have a stuffed up nose. When we have a cold, we may also have a fever (fiebre) and general aches and pains.

There are a lot more expressions, but I think we'll continue tomorrow, since I don't feel well.

If you have questions about these expressions or need a translation to Spanish or Catalan, you can leave a comment. I'm sick, but I promise to respond.

Have a good day!


Wednesday the 26th of May, 2004
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BODY EXPRESSIONS: TO GIVE SOMEBODY A HAND

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Good morning,

After two very long Daily Vitamins, today's content is much shorter.

Today's Expression is: To give somebody a hand.

It means: To help somebody.

Example 1
Mike! Can you give me a hand? This box is too heavy.

Example 2
Thank God that he gave us a hand with the report. We would have never finished it on time if he hadn't helped us.

We can also lend somebody a hand.

Example 3
Mary lent John a hand with his homework.

If you have questions about this simple expression, please add a comment below. I would be happy to give/lend you a hand.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Tuesday the 25th of May, 2004
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DON'T LET SUMMER STOP YOU (PART 2)

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Good morning everybody,

Today we continue with the topic of ways of keeping our English alive during the summer holidays. I want to thank all of you who sent in your suggestions yesterday, which are included at the end of this Vitamin.

Imagine coming back after summer with your English at the same level or even better than when you left. It is possible, but you have to make the choice to do something with English during the holidays and WRITE IT DOWN! Don't just say it, write down a plan, follow it and keep track of your progress during the summer.

A plan could be as simple as "I will read aloud for 3 minutes every day during my summer holidays" or "I will read an English book at the rate of at least two pages per day during my summer holidays," etc. It doesn't have to be complicated, but it must be something measurable that you can keep track of on a calendar or in your agenda. As Africa, one of our Daily Vitamin recipients, wrote, "find something that you really like, choose a hobby maybe, and try to do it in English". Following are some suggestions:

1) Read a little English every day, both silently and aloud to improve pronunciation. Graded novels created especially for different English levels are an excellent option. Anna S. suggested reading newspapers or magazines in English instead of the Spanish press.

2) Making video and cinema in English a part of your leisure activities during the holiday months can keep your comprehension abilities keen and help you to improve your vocabulary. Africa suggests at least one film per week.

3) Jordi suggested playing computer games. As he said, it's a way to practice English comprehension in a relaxing environment.

4) Anna M. suggested translating songs from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. As she explains, it's a good way to forget how horrible the summer songs are by concentrating on their linguistic translation.

5) You may want to participate in different language exchange programmes or activities that are offered in your city.

6) And of course, if you like grammar, you may want to dust off that old grammar book and consider revising a bit each day, or every other day.

There are thousands of other possibilities, and we received a lot more suggestions. But I think you get the idea. There is nothing "magic" about these ideas, but they work. The trick is to create a plan and follow it. You may even want to start now, to begin to form your habits before summer.

Have a good day!


Monday the 24th of May, 2004
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LEARNING TIPS: DON'T LET SUMMER STOP YOU (PART 1)

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Good morning,

As summer moves closer and the weather improves, there is a tendency to forget about English. We are planning our holidays, finishing up projects at work and slowly disconnecting from the "rat race." Disconnecting from the rat race is a good thing, but treating English like a seasonal activity, rather than a daily lifetime activity, could be the thing that is keeping you from reaching your desired level!

Unfortunately, interest in learning English comes in cycles. Interest is greatest in September and October, after summer holidays, and in January and February, at the beginning of the New Year. This cyclical tendency causes many students to constantly spend their lives taking one step forward and two steps back with their English learning.

Don't slow down now! While your planning for your summer, think about how you can keep your English alive during your holidays. Perhaps you will be travelling to an English-speaking country. If you're not so lucky, there are a lot of things that you can do to maintain your English, and even improve it! Do you have any ideas for summer English-maintenance activities?

Tomorrow I will give you some of my ideas, but the first step to keeping your English alive in the summer is thinking about what you will do to achieve your goals.

Have an excellent day!