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Friday the 19th of December, 2008
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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2008

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Good morning everybody and Merry Christmas!

Hoy tratamos algunas palabras y expresiones relacionadas con Christmas. Por ejemplo, durante el período navideño (Christmas holiday season) a menudo decimos Merry Christmas o Happy Christmas a amigos y conocidos. 

Merry Christmas es más común en América y Happy Christmas en el Reino Unido, aunque se oyen ambas expresiones en cada lado del Atlántico.

El 24 de diciembre es Christmas Eve (noche buena) y el 25 de diciembre es Christmas Day. Santa Claus nos vista en Christmas Eve. En las familias, en general, se intercambian regalos en Christmas Eve y/o en Christmas Day.

Esta semana te enviamos nuestra tarjeta de navidad por email. Si no la has recibido, puedes visualizarla a continuación.

Christmas 2008
www.ziggurat.es/christmas/08  

También incluimos acceso a las tarjetas de Navidad de Ziggurat de otros años.  

Christmas 2007
www.ziggurat.es/christmas/07

Christmas 2006
www.ziggurat.es/christmas/06  

Christmas 2005 (con sonido)
www.ziggurat.es/christmas/05

Recuerda que hoy es la última Daily Vitamin hasta el miércoles, 7 de enero de 2009.

Si tienes cualquier duda sobre el contenido de la vitamina de hoy, puedes preguntarnos a través del foro de la sección Daily Vitamin Plus! en nuestra página web (www.ziggurat.es).

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a great holiday!



Thursday the 18th of December, 2008
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ROOKIE

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Good morning.

Today we look at another word that came up in the Ziggurat Breakfast Club last Saturday.

Today's word is: Rookie

Meaning: a person who has just started a new job or other activity and has very little experience. This word is more common in US English and is often used to describe members of sports teams who are in their first year.

Example 1:
In the 2001-2002 basketball season, Pau Gasol became the first non-American to be named Rookie of the year of the NBA.

Example 2:
Just because I'm a rookie, doesn't mean I won't be able to solve the world's economic problems, said Barack.

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website (www.ziggurat.es). Remember that tomorrow we will send the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Have a nice day.



Wednesday the 17th of December, 2008
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BLUFF EXPRESSIONS

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Good morning.

Yesterday we looked at the verb to bluff, today we are doing to look at some related expressions.

Today's first expression is: To bluff it out

Meaning: to get out of a difficult situation by continuing to deceive someone, especially when they suspect you are not being honest.

Example 1:
When Carla asked her husband, Nicholas, where he had been all night, instead of telling the truth, he decided to bluff it out and tell her that he was with his best friend, John. I'm not sure if Carla believed him.

Today's second expression is: To call someone's bluff

Meaning: If you call someone's bluff, you challenge them to do what they threaten to do (because you believe that they will not do it).

Example 2:
Nicholas's neighbour has been complaining and threatening to demolish the fence around Nicholas's house. When Nicholas called his bluff, the neighbour stopped complaining and didn't do anything.

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website (www.ziggurat.es).

I hope you have a great day!



Tuesday the 16th of December, 2008
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TO BLUFF

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Good morning.

Today we look at another word that came up in the Ziggurat Breakfast Club last Saturday.

Today's word is: To bluff

Meaning: to try to make someone believe that you will do something that you do not really intend to do, or to act as if you know something that you don't really know.

This word is especially common in the game of poker. When you bluff in poker, you deceive an opponent, betting a lot of money even when you don't have good cards, with the hope that the opponent withdraws.

Example 1:
The terrorists have threatened to kill the hostages, but the police think that they are bluffing. I hope they are right.

Example 2:
My brother is an excellent bluffer. Whenever I play poker with him he wins. He bets a lot of money while keeping his poker face and I never know if he is bluffing or if he really does have a good hand.

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website (www.ziggurat.es).

Enjoy the rest of your day.



Monday the 15th of December, 2008
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GULLIBLE

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Good morning.

This week will be the last week of Daily Vitamins in 2008, and then we will take a holiday break until Wednesday, January 7th.

This week I wanted to go over a few of the interesting words and expressions that came up in the Ziggurat Breakfast Club last Saturday (December, 13th).

Today's word is: Gullible

Meaning: If you are a gullible person, you are too willing to believe or accept what other people tell you and you are therefore easily tricked. Some synonyms would be credulous or naïve.

Example 1:
People who believe everything that is claimed in television advertisements are quite gullible.

Example 2:
Many times while walking down the Ramblas in Barcelona, I have seen gullible tourists losing money playing the shell game.

If you have questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website (www.ziggurat.es).

Have a good day.