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Friday the 29th of October, 2010
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SUGGESTIONS EWV-2

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Good morning.

Hoy incluimos otra actividad sencilla que puedes usar para mantener y mejorar tu inglés. Como dijimos la semana pasada, la práctica diaria del inglés debe ser como lavarse los dientes; un hábito automático y diario.

COMPRENSIÓN (5-10 MINUTOS AL DÍA)
Cuando mantenemos una conversación en inglés, es relativamente fácil hacer que la gente nos entienda (empleando gestos, repitiendo o dibujando), pero siempre es más difícil entender lo que responde nuestro interlocutor. El típico pánico a conversar en inglés viene dado por nuestra falta de capacidad para comprender. Cuanto más entiendas, más expresiones y vocabulario podrás aprender al hablar con nativos y, por tanto, más seguridad tendrás. Mejorar la comprensión oral también nos ayuda a mejorar la pronunciación.

ACTIVIDAD RECOMENDADA
Mira la televisión (series, BBC, CNN, etc.), DVDs y cine en inglés. Puede ser con subtítulos (en inglés o español) o sin ellos. Si es un medio que puedes controlar, como un DVD, puedes alternar entre gist listening (comprender el argumento en general sin entender todo el vocabulario) y el intensive listening (mirar varias veces una secuencia corta de entre 1 y 5 minutos con el objetivo de entender todo). Igual que la lectura en inglés en voz alta (de la semana pasada), esta actividad es sencilla, pero si la haces regularmente notarás una diferencia importante en cuanto a tu capacidad para comprender.

I'll see you next week, with another simple suggestion. Have a great weekend!



Thursday the 28th of October, 2010
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TYPO

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Good morning everyone.

Yesterday we received the following message from Lucas.

I have read the Daily Vitamin today and a doubt comes up. Is it correct the use of the word MY in this sentence?

"I used to have a very big laptop computer to bring with MY when I travelled to see clients. Now I have a very small notebook computer, which is much more convenient."

Thank you in advance. Lucas

First of all, thank you very much, Lucas, for taking the time to point this out. I had meant to write ME and recorded the audio that way. We have corrected the typo.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=1541 

Today's word is: typo.

Meaning: a small mistake in a typed or printed text. Typo is the shortened form of typographical error.

Example 1:
Due to a typo in the contract, the whole process had to be repeated. The contract was rescinded and another one had to be signed.

Thanks again Lucas. I always appreciate Daily Vitamin users contacting us about the lessons.

On Tuesday we will return to expressions with lap. (There will be no Daily Vitamin on Monday because of All Saints Day.)

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

Have a nice day. Bye!



Wednesday the 27th of October, 2010
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LAPTOP (COMPUTER)

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Good morning everyone.

Today's word is: lap

Meaning: the top part of your legs that forms a flat surface when you are sitting down (in Spanish = falda or regazo)

Example 1:
There were no seats on the bus, so my son sat on my lap.

In English we use the word laptop to refer to a small computer that can work with a battery. We put it on top of our lap. We don't generally call it a portable computer.

Example 2:
I used to have a very big laptop computer to bring with me when I travelled to see clients. Now I have a very small notebook computer, which is much more convenient.

Remember to post comments, questions or suggestions in the Daily Vitamin section on our website.

Have a great day!



Tuesday the 26th of October, 2010
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ABBREVIATIONS-6

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Good morning. Today we answer the second part of the question from Carlos R., which will conclude our series of Daily Vitamins about abbreviations.  

2)
I've seen another common and interesting abbreviation, CEO = chief executive officer = jefe ejecutivo or directivo in Spanish, but am not sure about its pronunciation. How do you pronounce CEO?

As I mentioned yesterday, we pronounce CEO letter-by-letter (/si-i-ou/), not as a word, which is common in Spanish. Again, remember that if you ever have a question about the pronunciation of a word in the Daily Vitamin, you can listen to it on our website.

The most common translation of CEO into Spanish, at least on the Iberian Peninsula, is Director General or Consejero Delegado. I think jefe ejecutivo is more common in Latin America.

Many companies also have a CFO (=Chief Financial Officer) and a COO (Chief Operating Officer). We pronounce all of these letter-by-letter.

Thanks again for your comment Carlos.

Have a great day!



Monday the 25th of October, 2010
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ABBREVIATIONS-5

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Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

Last Thursday we received the following question from Carlos R. in the comment section of the Daily Vitamin on our website:

Hi everyone! Congratulations for the Daily Vitamins, I read them every day. I have a few questions:

1)
How do you pronounce UFO? Maybe /iufo/ or /iu-ef-ou/?

2)
I've seen another common and interesting abbreviation, CEO = chief executive officer = jefe ejecutivo or directivo in Spanish, but am not sure about its pronunciation. How do you pronounce CEO?

Best regards, Carlos

First of all, we pronounce each of the letters of U-F-O, the second option you give (/iu-ef-ou/) NOT as a word (/iufo/). In fact, we pronounce the letters of PA too (we say /pi-ei/ NOT /pa/). However, remember that if you ever have a question about the pronunciation of a word in the Daily Vitamin, you can listen to it on our website. Here is the direct link to last Thursday's Daily Vitamin:

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=1536

Tomorrow we will give more details about CEO (which is also pronounced letter-by letter, /si-i-ou/, and not as a word) and some other business abbreviations.

Thank you very much for your comment Carlos. This is proof of how participation can improve the quality of the content of the Daily Vitamin, and create a community of people with a common interest... learning English.

I'll see you tomorrow.