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Friday the 29th of April, 2011
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BEING ILL-1

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Good morning,

A lo largo de las próximas cuatro semanas, en la Essential Weekly Vitamin para alumnos de inglés hispanohablantes, vamos a repasar expresiones que tienen que ver con being ill (estar enfermo). Estas lecciones se basan en otras que publicamos en el año 2004.

Empezamos con expresiones con I'VE GOT o I HAVE.

I've got a headache: we use this when we feel pain in our head. We can also say my head hurts.
(Tengo dolor de cabeza: usamos esta expresión cuando sentimos dolor en la cabeza. También podemos decir me duele la cabeza.)

I've got a sore throat: we use this expression when we feel pain in our throat.
(Me duele la garganta: usamos esta expresión cuando sentimos dolor en la garganta.)

I've got a cold: when we have a cold we are congested. And when we have a cold we may also have a fever and general aches and pains.
(Estoy resfriado: cuando estamos resfriados, estamos congestionados. Cuando estamos resfriados también podemos tener fiebre, malestar general y dolores.)

La semana que viene seguiremos con más expresiones, ya que en este momento no me encuentro bien (I don't feel well). ;-)

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I hope you have a nice day and a great weekend!


Thursday the 28th of April, 2011
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TO MEND FENCES WITH SOMEONE

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Hello again.

Today we look at one last expression with the English verb TO MEND.

Today's expression is: to mend fences with someone

Meaning: to find a solution to a disagreement with someone.

Example 1:
The mayor is trying to mend fences with members of the city council so they will approve his plan.

Example 2:
China is trying to mend fences with Russia after the recent border dispute.

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

Have a great day!


Wednesday the 27th of April, 2011
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TO MEND YOUR WAYS

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Good morning again.

Today we look at another expression with the English verb TO MEND.

Today's expression is: to mend your ways

Meaning: to stop behaving badly; to change your behaviour for the better.

Example 1:
It took him a long time to mend his ways, but now he is doing well in school.

Example 2:
If Anthony doesn't mend his ways, he will surely be fired.

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Tuesday the 26th of April, 2011
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TO BE ON THE MEND

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Good morning everyone. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Today we continue with another suggestion from Judit.

Today's expression is: to be on the mend

Meaning: getting better after an illness or injury; improving after a difficult situation.

Example 1:
My son's leg is on the mend and tomorrow the doctor will take out his stitches.

Example 2:
Some people believe that the economy is on the mend, while others think that the crisis has only just begun.

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Wednesday the 20th of April, 2011
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HARDLY-2

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Good morning.

Today we complete our look at the adverb hardly. Today's content was once again suggested by Judit M. Remember that this is the last Daily Vitamin until Tuesday, April 26th.

Today's word is: hardly

Meaning 3: used after "can" or "could" to emphasize that it is difficult to do something.

Example 1:
I am very tired; I can hardly keep my eyes open.

Example 2:
I could hardly believe what I was reading. The newspaper article exposed all the secrets of the company!

Meaning 4: used to say that something is unlikely or unreasonable or that someone is silly for saying or doing something.

Example 3:
It's hardly surprising that she was fired; she arrived late almost every day and never did much work.

We'll be back on Tuesday, April 26th.

I hope you have a good day and a great weekend!