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Friday the 21st of December, 2007
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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2007

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Hello and good morning.

As you know, today is the last Daily Vitamin until Monday, January 7th, 2008. I thought it would be interesting to remind you of our past Ziggurat Christmas cards, which you can use to review some interesting vocabulary.

Christmas 2005 (with sound)
www.ziggurat.es/christmas/05

Christmas 2006
www.ziggurat.es/christmas/06  

We also hope that you received our Christmas card from this year. If not, we include the link below.

Christmas 2007
www.ziggurat.es/christmas/07

I hope each an every one of you has a relaxing holiday season; and I also hope it includes at least some contact with English. Remember, you are the only one who can guarantee your success.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'll see you in 2008.

Regards,



Thursday the 20th of December, 2007
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CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY

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Good morning everybody and Merry Christmas!

Today we look at some concepts related to Christmas. For example, during the Christmas holiday season we often wish our friends and colleagues a Merry Christmas or a Happy Christmas.

Merry Christmas is generally more common in the United States and Happy Christmas is more common in the UK. However, you may hear both in either country.

The 24th of December is Christmas Eve and the 25th of December is Christmas Day. Santa Clause comes on Christmas Eve. Families generally exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

Remember, tomorrow will be the last Daily Vitamin until Monday, January 7th, 2008.

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

Have a great day!



Wednesday the 19th of December, 2007
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THE SQUEAKY WHEEL

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Good morning.

Today's expression is: The squeaky wheel gets the oil or The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Meaning: When people say that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, they mean that the person who complains or protests the loudest attracts attention and service. This is especially popular in US English. 

Example 1:
When Jack goes to a restaurant, he generally insists on a better table and gets it (no matter what table they give him)--the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Example 2:
If you want them to pay attention to you, then complain a lot. You know how it is...the squeaky wheel gets the oil.

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Enjoy the rest of your day.



Tuesday the 18th of December, 2007
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DRUNK

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Good morning.

Recently one of our loyal Daily Vitamin readers, Sebastià, suggested that we talk about English equivalents for the Spanish expression coger una cogorza, to refer to someone who is very drunk.

Here are some of the colloquial ways to express that someone is drunk, intoxicated, inebriated, etc. in English. There are A LOT more possibilities; these are just a few suggestions.

--> To be plastered
--> To be wasted
--> To be dead drunk
--> To be drunk as a skunk
--> To be pissed (vulgar)
--> To be loaded
--> To be trashed
--> To be pickled
--> etc.

We often say someone is tipsy, when they are just a little drunk (mareado). The opposite of drunk is sober.

Example 1:
George: Tony, I know it's been a rough year for 'ya, but let's have another whiskey!
Tony: Please George, you're making an ass of yourself. You're completely wasted. Please, pull yourself together!

As the holiday season is here, I want to encourage you not to drink too much, and if you do drink... please do NOT drive.

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Have a productive (and sober) day. ;-)



Monday the 17th of December, 2007
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NOT AT ALL

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Good morning. I hope all of you had a nice weekend.

Today's expression is: Not at all

Meaning: used to politely accept thanks or to agree to something.

Example 1:
John: Thank you very much.
Mike: Not at all.

In example 1, the meaning is the same as you're welcome (de nada). We can also say don't mention it.

Example 2:
José Luis: Thank you very much for your help.
José: Don't mention it.

Example 3:
Lisa: Will it bother you if I smoke?
Jack: Not at all.

In Example 3, Jack politely accepts the smoking.

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I hope you have a good day.