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Wednesday the 30th of April, 2008
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LOSE YOUR TEMPER

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Good morning.

Today's expression is: To lose your temper

Meaning: to fail to control your anger.

Example 1:
She lost her temper with a customer and began to shout at him. That's the third time this week. She really needs to learn how to control her temper.

The opposite of lose your temper, then, is to control or keep your temper.

Example 2:
I struggle to keep my temper with my son when he misbehaves.

Someone who loses their temper very easily has a quick temper.

Example 3:
Janet, if you are going to continue to have contact with the public, you can't have such a quick temper.

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Have a good day.



Tuesday the 29th of April, 2008
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THERE'S NO COMPARISON

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Hello again.

Today's expression is: There's no comparison

Meaning: used to emphasize the difference between two people or things that are being compared.

Example 1:
In terms of price...there's no comparison. The sports car (coche deportivo) is much more expensive than the sedan.

We also use the expression to pale in comparison with/to something.

Example 2:
Last year's violence pales in comparison with the latest outburst of riots (motín).

Do you know how to translate these expressions to Spanish? It depends on the context, but one option would be no hay color.

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I hope you have a good day.



Monday the 28th of April, 2008
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DISCUSSION vs. ARGUMENT

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Good morning.

Today we look at the difference between discussion and argument in English.

Meaning of Discussion: A conversation about something.

Meaning of Argument: a conversation or discussion in which two or more people disagree, often angrily.

The translation of the Spanish word discusión would be argument in English, NOT discussion.

Example 1:
After a detailed discussion about our offer, they decided to accept it.

Example 2:
She got into an argument with the teacher, and the teacher asked her to leave the classroom.

A discussion is neutral, an argument denotes a conflict. However, we often say things like heated discussion, to mean the same as an argument, or a conversation that includes conflict.

Example 3:
After some heated discussion, a decision was finally made.

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Have a great day!



Friday the 25th of April, 2008
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PRESENTE CONTINUO EN INGLÉS-2

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Good morning!

Hoy vamos a repasar algunos de los usos del present continuous en inglés.

1) El present continuous se utiliza para describir acciones que pasan en el momento en el que se está hablando.

Example 1:
Right now I'm reading the Ziggurat Daily Vitamin.
Ahora mimso estoy leyendo la Ziggurat Daily Vitamin.

Si lo comparamos con el present simple, podremos ver un ejemplo más claro.

Example 2 (present simple):
I always have breakfast at eight o'clock in the morning.
Siempre desayuno a las 8 de la mañana.

Example 3 (present continuous):
I'm having breakfast now and it's eight o’clock.
Son las ocho y estoy desayunando.

NOTE: El present simple (example 2) se utiliza para actividades rutinarias (I eat breakfast at eight o'clock each morning) o para verdades generales (I am Matthew. I teach English. Spain is different, etc.).

2) También utilizamos el present continuous para describir acciones que pasan durante un periodo de tiempo, pero que no se están realizando en el momento del habla.

Example 4:
Karen is studying hard this week. She has an exam on Thursday.
Karen está estudiando mucho esta semana. Tiene un examen el jueves.

Example 5:
The band is spending a lot of time in the studio this month. They are making a new album.
El grupo está pasando mucho tiempo en el estudio este mes. Están grabando un nuevo álbum.

That's all for today. Seguiremos la semana que viene con otros usos del presente continuo.

Have a nice day and an excellent weekend!



Thursday the 24th of April, 2008
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DEAL-4 (REVIEW)

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Good morning.

Today we will look at another very common spoken use of deal.

Expression: a big deal or to make a big deal out of something.

Meaning: something that is very important, or to behave as if something is very important.

Example 1:
Speaker 1: Hurry up! We're going to be late!
Speaker 2: I don't think it's a big deal if we arrive 3 minutes late. Relax.

Example 2:
Every time my son comes home with dirty clothes, my wife makes such a big deal out of it. He's only three years old!

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Remember that tomorrow we will send the Essential Weekly Vitamin

Have a good day!