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Friday the 30th of January, 2004
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TO KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED

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Good morning!

Today's expression is: to keep your fingers crossed

It means: to hope for the best in a situation that could potentially be negative.

It's more or less a direct translation of the equivalent expression in Spanish/Catalan.

Example:
Speaker 1: If it rains today, we're going to have to cancel the party.
Speaker 2: Well, let's hope it doesn't; keep your fingers crossed.

Testimonies about learning English
Once again, I want to thank all of you who sent in testimonies about your English-learning experiences; I received more than 50 e-mails! I enjoyed reading them very much.

Next week I will try to cover some of the more important problems that were mentioned in your testimonies. I probably won't tell you anything that you don't already know, but I hope to help motivate you to change your English-learning habits and finally reach your objectives. Oh, and I'll also tell you who won the symbolic prize for the most interesting testimony. ;-)

Have a great weekend!


Thursday the 29th of January, 2004
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SMALL TALK

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Good morning!

Today's expression is: small talk

It means: polite conversation about unimportant things (for example, the weather, sports, music).

Example 1:
If you have to do business in English, one of the first things you should learn is how to use small talk.

Example 2:
Mike's Boss: Whatever you do, don't talk about politics or religion at the meeting.
Mike: Don't worry, I'm an expert in small talk. I'll avoid all of those controversial topics and concentrate on football and weather.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Wednesday the 28th of January, 2004
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TO PICK UP THE TAB (IT'S ON ME)

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Good morning!

Today we will look at two informal expressions that are used when someone pays the bill (usually in a restaurant or bar).

Expression 1: to pick up the tab

It means: to pay the bill in a restaurant or bar.

Example 1:
I was very surprised when I went to dinner with Helen. I consider myself a fairly modern man, but I didn't expect her to pick up the tab on the first date!

Expression 2: It's on me

Meaning: the person who says it intends to pay the total.

Example 2:
Matthew: Helen...please put your money away. I'll pick up the tab.
Helen: No, no! The meal is on me. I insist!

I hope you have a great day!


Tuesday the 27th of January, 2004
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TO HIT IT OFF

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Good morning!

Today's Expression is: to hit it off

It's used: when two people meet and like each other.

Example 1:
Yesterday I introduced Chris and Helen and they really hit it off; tonight they're going out to dinner together.

Example 2:
I didn't really hit it off with her sister. I don't think I will call her again.

It's especially common with situations relating to dating, but not exclusively.

Have a good day!


Monday the 26th of January, 2004
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IT LOOKS LIKE ENGLISH BUT IT'S NOT-3

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Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend.

I couldn't resist including just one more Daily Vitamin with those words in Spanish/Catalan that look like correct English borrowings, but aren't.

Today's English-looking words and expressions in Spanish/Catalan and their correct translations into English are:

Span/Cat: Una top-model
English: A supermodel

Span/Cat: Un crack
English: A star, a superstar

Span/Cat: Basket
English: Basketball

Span/Cat: Alto standing
English: High-class

Span/Cat: Esnob (adjective)
English: Snobbish ("a snob" is a noun)

So, English speakers do not say "Ronaldo is a crack" but rather "Ronaldo is a superstar." And we might say "that high-class restaurant is a bit snobbish" but not "that high-standing restaurant is a bit esnob." Claudia Schiffer was a supermodel (not a top-model) and a basket is something you keep fruit in and not a game played by very tall people.

Enjoy your day. I'll "see" you tomorrow.