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Tuesday the 30th of November, 2010
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TWIST-2

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Hello again everyone.

Before beginning, I wanted to invite you to read my blog entry from a couple of weeks ago, if you haven't already:

 http://ziggurat.blogcink.com/2010/11/10/el-consultorio-de-ingles/

Today we continue our focus on the English word twist.

Today's expression is: to twist somone's arm (informal)

Meaning: to persuade or force someone to do something.

Example 1:  
I'm very sorry Alex. I didn't want to reduce your salary, but they twisted my arm. Apparently the company is having some serious financial problems.

Example 2:
Look Jack, are you willing to cooperate or am I going to have to twist your arm?

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Have a great day!



Monday the 29th of November, 2010
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TWIST-1

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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend.

This week we will study the English word twist. The basic meaning of twist is "to bend or turn something into a particular shape or position that is not natural." (In Spanish the equivalent verb would be retorcer or torcer.)

We can twist physical things, or we can twist facts (today's meaning).

Today's expression is: to twist the facts / information

Meaning: to deliberately change the meaning of what someone has said, or to present facts in a particular way, in order to benefit yourself or harm someone else.

Example 1:  
The politician's speech was very effective, but he twisted the facts about the economy.

Example 2:
Please listen carefully to what I'm saying. You always twist everything I say to sound more negative than it is.

Example 3:
The magazine was accused of twisting the facts.

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Have an excellent day!


Friday the 26th of November, 2010
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ONLINE RESOURCES-1

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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a good weekend.

Uno de los mejores métodos para aprender y mejorar un idioma es invertir tiempo. Y es que con sólo unos minutos al día es posible asimilar nuevos conocimientos de inglés sin necesidad de asistir a una academia ni moverse de casa.

Las nuevas tecnologías y el acceso ilimitado a fuentes de información en Internet facilitan la tarea de conseguir recursos gratuitos para aprender inglés. Sin embargo, es necesario conocer dónde y cómo buscar esta información, ya que el amplio abanico de páginas web que abarca Internet puede llevar muchas horas delante de un ordenador sin obtener éxito en la búsqueda.

A lo largo de las próximas semanas, vamos a informaros de algunos de los servicios gratuitos de calidad que pueden encontrarse en la web. Los enlaces facilitados se centran en las habilidades claves para llevar a cabo una comunicación en inglés: el Listening, que ayuda a la comprensión oral del hablante. No obstante, también facilitamos fuentes para mejorar el Reading (comprensión escrita). Empezamos con una de las páginas más conocidas.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
La BBC es la primera empresa de televisión y radio del Reino Unido y la cadena más grande de transmisión de noticias en el mundo. Además de los servicios que ofrece a través de los medios audiovisuales, también es muy importante en Internet.

La página de inicio es www.bbc.co.uk y en ella podemos encontrar gran variedad de contenidos informativos que pueden aprovecharse para el aprendizaje del inglés. Desde la página de inicio se puede acceder a noticias escritas, vídeos de televisión, audiciones de radio, recursos para aprender inglés… entre muchos otros servicios. (Todos estos apartados se pueden encontrar en la parte inferior de la página: Explore the BBC).

Además de acceder a vídeos y podcasts de todos los canales y emisoras de la BBC, es interesante conocer los recursos que ofrece la página web para estudiantes de inglés: News English, Watch and Listen, Quizzes and Exams, Grammar & Vocabulary, Talk about English, Business English, algunos de estos recursos pueden descargarse en formato MP3 con las transcripciones en PDF. Es muy interesante conocer la oferta de aprendizaje e informativa que proporciona la compañía británica.

We'll be back next week with more suggestions. Happy navigating!`

Have a good day and a great weekend.



Thursday the 25th of November, 2010
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SPREAD YOURSELF THIN

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Hello again.

Today we finish our look at some common English expressions that use the word spread in them.  

Today's expression is: to spread yourself thin

Meaning: to do so many things at one time that you end up doing none of them well.   

Example 1
I have trouble telling people no, so I end up getting involved in a lot of activities and spreading myself too thin.

Example 2:
Jack is a good managing director, but lately he has spread himself too thin and is having trouble keeping up with all of his responsibilities.

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

Have a nice day. Bye!



Wednesday the 24th of November, 2010
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SPREAD LIKE A WILDFIRE

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Good morning.

Today we continue our look at some common English expressions that use the word spread in them.  

Today's expression is: to spread like a wildfire

It means: to become known by more and more people very quickly.   

Example 1
The disease spread like a wildfire throughout the country due to limited access to clean drinking water and very unsanitary conditions in general.

Example 2:
The news spread like a wildfire; within minutes virtually everyone in the company knew that the new CEO had been sacked.  

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Have a nice day.