Wednesday the 24th of April, 2019
Català | 
English | 
Ziggurat Escuela Corporativa de Idiomas

Vuestro aprendizaje, nuestro éxito

Innovative English Training

Ziggurat RSS
Wednesday the 31st of May, 2006
Rating (0 votes)

TO CALL SOMEBODY'S BLUFF

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Hello everybody.

Today's expression is: To call somebody's bluff

It means: to ask someone to do what they are threatening to do because you believe they do not intend to do it; you believe they want to trick you in order to have an advantage over you, but aren't serious.

To understand this expression, it's important to know what the word bluff means.

Bluff (verb) --> tirarse un farol; engañar.
Bluff (noun) --> farol.

Example 1:
Rick's son, Mark, told Rick that he was going to run away and never come back. Rick called his bluff by giving him 100 Euros and a sleeping bag (saco de dormir) and showing him the door. Needless to say, Mark did not run away.
 
Example 2:
When Anne got angry with the boss the other day, she told him that she wanted to quit. The boss called her bluff and asked her to turn in her letter or resignation within one hour. After she calmed down, she changed her mind and told him she would stay.  

If you play Poker, you understand how important being able to bluff can be. Mark (example 1) and Anne (example 2) are not very good at bluffing.

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I hope you have a good day.



Tuesday the 30th of May, 2006
Rating (0 votes)

TRY vs. PROVE

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning,

Today we're going to look at two more English verbs which often cause confusion.

TO TRY means: to test for suitability or quality; to taste.

TO PROVE means: to provide evidence.

Example 1:
Speaker 1: This sauce is fabulous! Would you like to try a bit?
Speaker 2: No, thanks. I tried it when I was here last time... it was too salty for me.

Example 2:
Speaker 1: They say Tom has been taking money from the till (caja).
Speaker 2: I don't believe it! Can they prove it?
Speaker 1. They say they caught him on the security cameras.

Both of these words are usually translated into Spanish as probar, but in English they are two separate words.

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy the rest of your day!



Monday the 29th of May, 2006
Rating (0 votes)

ASSIST vs. ATTEND

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend!

Today we are going to look at two words that are often confused in English: assist and attend.

(See the Daily Vitamin from March 26th, 2004 for more information.)

TO ASSIST means: to help

TO ATTEND means: to be present at an event.

Example 1
We're organising a big conference in March, and we need people to assist with the publicity. If we don't get this mailing out this week, no one will come.

Example 2
You're doing a fantastic job; let me know if I can assist you in any way.

Example 3
Barcelona's hotels were full in February, when thousands of visitors attended the GSM conference.

Example 4
She was unable to attend the gala dinner because she had to assist with the final preparations.

As you can see, the meanings of these words are the exact opposite of their meanings in Spanish (atender and asistir).

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Have a good day!



Friday the 26th of May, 2006
Rating (0 votes)

RELATIONSHIPS

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning,

This week's Daily Vitamins have been concerned with the language and culture of traditional weddings, so I thought we'd finish the week with a related topic: relationships.

Partner: is the person you have a serious and committed relationship with. It can be used whether you share a home or not. Remember, we do NOT use couple to mean pareja.

Live-in partner: means your partner with whom you share a home.

Boyfriend: is the boy or man you are going out with, but can somtimes sound too juvenile for adults.

Girlfriend: is the girl or woman you are going out with.

Example 1:
Mary: Is that man over there your boyfriend?
Anne: Well, he's more than that. He's been my live-in partner for eight years.

(Pronunciation note: live sounds like give, not drive.)

Example 2:
Speaker 1: Does Adam go out with lots of girls?
Speaker 2: No, he's had the same girlfriend for two years now.

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website.

Whether you're single (soltero/a) or attached (encariñado con alguien) here's wishing you a great weekend!



Thursday the 25th of May, 2006
Rating (0 votes)

WEDDINGS (4)

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning.

Today's Daily Vitamin is about things that people do at weddings

To make a speech means to stand up and talk about someone (in the case of a wedding, usually the bride and groom).

Example 1:
The bride's father made an excellent speech, and everyone laughed at his stories about Fiona's previous boyfriends.

To toast (brindar) means to drink together and say someone's name in order to show your admiration or good wishes.

Raise your glasses is an invitation to toast.

Example 2:   
Best man: Ladies and Gentlemen. I'd like you to join me in toasting this lovely couple. Please raise your glasses to Fiona and Mark.
Wedding Guests: Here's to Fiona and Mark!

When the newly-married couple leaves the reception and drives off on their honeymoon (luna de miel), the best man and bridesmaids usually decorate the car with noisy tin cans (latas) and toilet rolls (papel higiénico)!

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website.

Have a good day!