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Monday the 30th of September, 2013
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COLOUR EXPRESSIONS (RED)-2

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Good morning everyone.

In the first week of February 2009 we did a series of Daily Vitamins about expressions with the colours red, blue, green and black.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?rs=COLOUR%20EXPRESSIONS

This week we are going to do a second series with another expression for each colour.

Today's expression is: red tape

Meaning: official rules that seem more complicated than necessary and prevent things from being done quickly.

Example 1:
We won the public tender for the English training, but were almost disqualified due to the incredible amount o red tape that was necessary to begin the service. We almost didn't get it in on time.

Example 2:
There is still public money available to fund the new primary school but it's tied up in bureaucratic red tape.

I hope you have a great Monday!


Friday the 27th of September, 2013
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MANNER-2 (EWV)

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Good morning everyone. Welcome to the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Hoy seguimos con nuestra serie de lecciones sobre expresiones con la palabra MANNER.

Today's expression is: In a manner of speaking
(La expresión de hoy es: in a manner of speaking.)

Meaning: true in some ways; if you think about something in a particular way.
(Significado: verdad de algún modo; si piensas en algo de una manera específica.)

Example 1:
The western governments who are battling terrorism can be seen as terrorists too, in a manner of speaking.
(Los gobiernos occidentales que están luchando contra el terrorismo, de algún modo, también se pueden considerar terroristas.)

Example 2:
When you buy clothes that were produced with childhood labour in the Third World, you are just as guilty as the companies who sell them to you, in a manner of speaking.
(Cuando compras ropa fabricada con mano de obra infantil en el Tercer Mundo, de algún modo eres tan culpable como las empresas que te la venden.)

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Have a good day and an excellent weekend!


Thursday the 26th of September, 2013
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COURSE-3

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Good morning again.

Today we look at one last expression with the word COURSE.

Today's expression is: to run its course / to take its course

Meaning: to develop in the usual way and come to the usual end.

Example 1:
Sometimes when a young child cries, it's better to let their tears run their course. Afterwards the child usually feels better.

Example 2:
When you get the flu, the best thing is often to let nature take its course rather than taking lots of medications.

Remember that tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Have a great day!


Wednesday the 25th of September, 2013
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COURSE-2

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Good morning.

Today we continue with our Daily Vitamins about expressions with the word COURSE.

Today we look at a very common informal, spoken expression.

Today's expression is: of course not (or more informally 'course not)

Meaning: used to emphasize the fact that you are saying "no".

Example 1:
Jennifer: Are you thinking of starting to smoke again?
Judith: Of course not! After all the effort that I've made, the last thing I'm going to do is start smoking again.

Example 2:
Olga: Do you mind if I take a ten-minute break to take a walk around the block? I need to get some fresh air.
Matthew: Of course not! Take your time.

Enjoy the rest of your day.


Monday the 23rd of September, 2013
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COURSE-1

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Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend.

This week there will only be three Daily Vitamins, plus the Friday Essential Weekly Vitamin, because tomorrow, Tuesday, is a bank holiday in Barcelona.

This week we will look at expressions with the word COURSE. Most of us know the word course to mean "a series of lessons or lectures on a particular subject", but we actually use it more in other contexts.

Today's expression is: on course for something / on course to do something

Meaning: likely to achieve or do something because you have already started to do it.

Example 1:
The US economy is on course to recovery. However, some predict that another economic crisis could begin in China very soon.

Example 2:
If he keeps working this hard, Jack is on course for being the new CEO of the company.

Have a great day and I'll see you on Tuesday.