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Friday the 29th of April, 2005
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SPRING CLEANING

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Good morning. Today's expression is: spring cleaning Meaning: This expression refers to the tradition of cleaning your house very completely, usually at the end of winter. Example 1: My wife and I spent a good part of last weekend doing spring cleaning and we will probably do the same this weekend. Although in other cultures I have seen the tendency for people to clean their house as the weather improves and spring arrives, I think the term spring cleaning is more typical in Anglo cultures. Do any of you follow the Anglo tradition of spring cleaning? If you have any questions about today's expression, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a good day and an excellent weekend!



Thursday the 28th of April, 2005
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TAG

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Good morning. Consider the following example sentences: Example 1: I want to buy this coat, but I can't find the price tag. Can you please tell me how much it costs? Example 2: All of the participants were given name tags at the conference. Example 3: Before I wash this new shirt, I want to find the tag with the cleaning instructions; I don't want to destroy it. Example 4: David! You forgot to cut the tags from your new trousers; they are hanging out of the back pocket and they look very silly. Do you know what a tag is? In these contexts, a tag is a small piece of paper or other material that is fixed to something to give information about it (or fixed to a person to indicate who they are). This word is used quite a lot in English, but I find that many students have never heard of it. I hope our examples will help you to incorporate it into your working English vocabulary. If you have any questions about tag, please contact me. Enjoy the rest of your day!



Wednesday the 27th of April, 2005
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WILD CARD

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Good morning, Have you ever heard the expression wild card? Sometimes it's used in Spanish directly from English. Wild card means comodín when you are playing poker (Meaning 1), but it can mean different things in different contexts. Wild Card --> Meaning 2: in computer programming it's a sign or symbol used to represent any letter or number. The most common wild card in computing is the asterisk (*). Wild Card --> Meaning 3: in sport it is when a player or a team is given special permission to take part in a competition that they would not normally be allowed to play in. Example 1: The local tennis stars were allowed to play in the tournament as wild cards since they did not qualify on their own. The organisers think having them in the competition will help to attract the public and increase attendance and ticket sales. Wild Card --> Meaning 4: someone who might behave in an unexpected way. Example 2: Speaker 1: Why don't we ask the boss if we can work at home this week in order to finish the project on time. Speaker 2: Are you crazy? I'm not going to ask him that. He's a wild card; there's no telling how he might react. He'd probably fire us on the spot! If you have any questions about wild card, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a good day!



Tuesday the 26th of April, 2005
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THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY

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Good morning everybody, Most students know how to say yesterday, today and tomorrow, but they have problems when they want to refer to two days ago (not yesterday) or two days into the future (not tomorrow). Today's expressions are : the day before yesterday (anteayer) and the day after tomorrow (pasado mañana) Example 1: The day before yesterday (April 24th) was Sunday. Example 2: We are going out to dinner the day after tomorrow to celebrate our anniversary. When we want to refer to a day that is further into the past than the day before yesterday or further into the future than the day after tomorrow we usually use the day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ...) or the exact date (April 19th). Example 3: Last Friday, April 22 I went to the cinema with my wife. If you have any questions about these very common time expressions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Enjoy your day!



Monday the 25th of April, 2005
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SIDEBURNS

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Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend. Last week we looked at some different expressions with the word side. Today we're going to finish with a word which refers to a physical characteristic. Today's word is: sideburns It means: the hair which grows down a man's cheeks. Example 1: Sideburns are back in fashion for the first time since the 1970's. Example 2: Elvis Presley had big sideburns, but my English teacher Chris has even bigger ones! If you have any questions about this word, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a good day!