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Tuesday the 27th of December, 2011
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YOU CAN HELP ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL

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Hello Daily Vitamin followers. Merry Christmas!

I'm sending this message to see if you can help. The Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona is having trouble continuing some of its social programmes for terminally ill patients (clowns, art therapy, etc.) due to budget cuts. You can help them in a very simple way...by watching a video that they have prepared. 

For each view of the the YouTube video at the following link, the hospital gets an average of 0,05€.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02dJewpZZ-U&feature=youtu.be

By watching this video of the flashmob organised by the hospital, you can help them continue these vital programmes.

Thank you so much for your help! Enjoy your holidays.



Friday the 23rd of December, 2011
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2011

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Good morning everybody and Merry Christmas!

Hoy es la última Essential Weekly Vitamin hasta el 13 de enero, 2012.

A continuación revisaremos unos términos relacionados con la Navidad (Christmas). Por ejemplo, durante la época de Navidad (Christmas holiday season) a menudo les decimos a nuestros familiares y amigos Merry Christmas o Happy Christmas (¡Feliz Navidad!).

Por lo general, Merry Christmas es más común en los EEUU mientras que Happy Christmas es utilizado en Gran Bretaña. Sin embargo, hay mucha variación entre dialectos.

Santa Claus viene en Christmas Eve (24 de diciembre) y el Christmas Day (25 de diciembre) por la mañana es cuando los niños abren los regalos de Santa.

Recuerda que la primera Essential Weekly Vitamin en 2012 será el 13 de enero.

Por cierto, para los que no hayan visto nuestra tarjeta de navidad este año, se puede ver en este link:

http://www.ziggurat.es/nl/111216/email.html


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Thursday the 22nd of December, 2011
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TO WRAP IT UP

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Good morning!

Yesterday we looked at the verb TO WRAP UP with reference to gifts or presents. Today we are going to look at another meaning of this same verb.

Today's Expression is
: TO WRAP IT UP

Meaning
: To conclude an activity. When you use this verb, you can state the activity that you are bringing to an end, or you can use one of these common expressions:

-Let's wrap it up!

-Time to wrap it up!

Example 1
:
If nobody has anything else to say, let's wrap up the meeting.

Example 2
:
Okay, everyone, the session is over! Time to wrap it up! Please take all of your things with you when you leave.

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OK, That wraps up the Daily Vitamins for 2011. Remember that tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Have a great day!



Wednesday the 21st of December, 2011
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TO WRAP SOMETHING UP

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Good morning!

Today's expression is: to wrap something (up)

Meaning: to cover something in decorative paper and ribbons or bows, like a gift or a present, for example.

NOTE: Gift wrap* or wrapping paper is decorative paper that we use for wrapping something up.

*To gift wrap is a verb that is commonly used in shops to refer to wrapping up an item.

Example 1:
The parents spent three hours wrapping up toys the night before Christmas.

Example 2:
The shop will wrap presents for a small fee.

Example 3:
We will gift wrap your purchases at no extra cost.

If you are still doing holiday shopping, these words could come in useful for you!

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Enjoy the rest of your day!



Tuesday the 20th of December, 2011
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TO PRESENT

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Good morning,

Yesterday we saw the noun PRESENT in the context of gift-giving as a synonym for the word GIFT. You may also know this word as a verb that refers to 'giving a presentation'. Today we are going to look at another meaning for the verb TO PRESENT.

Meaning: to give somebody something (such as an award, a certificate or a gift of recognition) in a formal or ceremonious way.

Example 1:
The company CEO presented Richard with a gold watch when he retired.

Example 2:
They will present the students with certificates of completion at the graduation ceremony.

As you can see, you may be giving presents during these holidays but it's unlikely that you'll be presenting somebody with an award.

I would be happy to answer any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin section on our website. To post a question, click on the "add a comment" button.

I hope you have a great day!