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Monday the 30th of November, 2009
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Good morning everyone. I hope all of you had a relaxing weekend.

This time of the year, especially in the English-speaking world, is a period that is often referred to as the Holiday Season, since there are so many holidays celebrated in a short time: Halloween (October 31st), Thanksgiving (in the US Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and in Canada on the second Monday in October), Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. During this period, especially around Christmas, it's quite common to say Seasons Greetings (felices fiestas).

This week we will look at some uses of and expressions with the word season.

Today's word is: season

Meaning 1: any of the four main periods of the year: winter, spring, summer and autumn (in the US fall is also used instead of autumn).

Example 1
My favourite season is autumn; the colours are spectacular!

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Friday the 27th of November, 2009
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Good morning everybody!

Hace unos días terminamos de repasar el verbo inglés to fall en la Daily Vitamin diaria. A lo largo de las siguientes semanas, en la Essential Weekly Vitamin, también vamos a repasar este verbo tan versátil. 

En inglés hay cientos de expresiones que usan el verbo to fall. Un ejemplo muy popular es to fall in love (enamorarse).

Example 1:
When I first met her, I thought she was very attractive. However, I didn't fall in love with her until I got to know her better.
(Cuando la conocí me pareció muy atractiva. Sin embargo, no me enamoré de ella hasta que la llegué a conocer mejor.)

Today's second expression is: To fall for something.

Puede ser un sinónimo de to fall in love.

Meaning 1: to be attracted to a man/woman; to fall in love. (Ser atraído/a por un/a hombre/mujer; enamorarse.)

Example 2:
After getting to know her, I really fell for her. Now we are married.
(Después de llegar a conocerla, me enamoré totalmente de ella. Ahora estamos casados.)

Meaning 2: to believe that a trick or a practical joke is true. (Creer que un truco o una broma es verdad.)

Example 3:
How could you fall for such an obvious trick?
(¿Cómo has podido tragarte una broma tan obvia?)

Example 4:
The street beggar told me that he needed 10 cents for a phone call and I gave it to him. When I saw him a week later and he again asked me for 10 cents for a phone call, I realised that the week before I had fallen for his trick to get money from strangers.
(El mendigo me dijo que necesitaba 10 céntimos para hacer una llamada y se los di. Cuando le vi una semana más tarde y de nuevo me pidió 10 céntimos, me di cuenta que la semana anterior me había tragado su truco para sacar dinero de los desconocidos.)

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I hope you have a great day and an excellent weekend!



Thursday the 26th of November, 2009
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Hello and good morning. 

Today we complete our look at expressions with the verb pull.

Today's first expression is: to pull your weight

Meaning: to work as hard as everyone else in a job, project or other activity.

Example 1:
The rest of the team complained that Jack was not pulling his weight.

Today's second expression is: to pull something off (informal)

Meaning: to succeed in doing something difficult.

Example 2:
After a lot of complicated negotiations, we managed to pull off the deal.

Example 3:
Great job Nancy. I never thought you'd pull it off, but you finished the report in less than 24 hours!

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Wednesday the 25th of November, 2009
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Hello. 

Today we continue our look at interesting expressions in English that use the verb pull.

Today's first expression is: to pull out all the stops

Meaning: to make every effort possible to achieve something.

Example 1:
The travel agency pulled out all the stops to impress us; and the truth is, we were very impressed with the service. I will recommend them to all of my friends.

Today's second expression is: to pull the strings (for someone)

Meaning: to use your influence in order to get an advantage for someone. Those who pull the strings, control the events or the actions of others.

Example 2:
I'd like to know who is really pulling the strings in this country. I think we all know that it's not the politicians.

Example 3:
I don't know how he was hired as CEO. I think someone must have pulled some strings for him. He has no idea what he is doing!

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Tuesday the 24th of November, 2009
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Good morning. 

Yesterday we answered a question from Marta about the expression to pull the wool over somone's eyes. It turns out that there dozens of interesting expressions in English that use the verb pull, so we are going to look at some of them during the rest of the week.

Today's expression is: to pull a fast one

Meaning: to trick someone.

Notice that the meaning is very similar to yesterday's expression. There is also the popular expression to pull somebody's leg, which has a similar meaning as well (to play a joke on someone, usually by making them believe something that is not true).

Example 1:
He sold me a "special" bottle of wine for 85 euros. When I arrived home and tried it, I realised that it was just cheap bulk wine. He really pulled a fast one on me; however, tomorrow I'll return to the shop and complain.

Example 2:
When I told you that I had won the lottery, I was only pulling your leg. I didn't even buy a lottery ticket.

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