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Wednesday the 31st of October, 2012
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BREAKS and SPRAINS

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Good morning!

Although today is Halloween, today's Vitamin is not about Halloween. However, we invite you to read some of our past Daily Vitamins about Halloween at this link:

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?rs=halloween

Yesterday we looked at the names for some different joints and we mentioned one common health problem related to joints (arthritis). Today we are going to explain two other common joint injuries.

to break / to fracture:  This is when a bone is fractured or split in some way.
Adjective form: broken / fractured

to sprain / to twist: This is when the ligaments surrounding a joint are damaged.
Adjective form: sprained / twisted 

Example 1:
I broke / fractured my arm while I was skate-boarding. Now I have a broken /fractured arm.

Example 2:
Sally sprained / twisted her ankle during the basketball match. Now Sally has a sprained / twisted ankle. 

These joints can be fragile things! Keep safe out there and have a great day and a Happy Halloween!

Remember that tomorrow there will be no Daily Vitamin because it is a bank holiday in Spain.

See you on Friday!


Tuesday the 30th of October, 2012
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JOINTS

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Good morning!

In yesterday's Daily Vitamins we mentioned the word wrist. It's the joint or articulation between your arm and your hand. In today's Daily Vitamin we're going to explain some other common joints in your body.

WRIST: the joint between the arm and the hand.

ELBOW
: the joint between the lower arm and the upper arm.

SHOULDER
: the joint that attaches your arm to your torso (body).

HIP
: the joint located at your waist. It attaches your legs to your torso.

KNEE
: the joint between the upper leg (thigh) and the lower leg.

ANKLE: the joint between your leg and your feet.

Example 1:
Her left wrist became very sore as a result of using the computer mouse.

Example 2
:
My sister suffers from arthritis. In winter, she gets painful swelling in her joints, especially in her knees and hips.

Example 3
:
Having joint problems can reduce your mobility quite a lot. Even simple acts like writing or reaching for things can become difficult.

Tomorrow we will look at some other health problems related to joints.

Until then... have a great day!


Monday the 29th of October, 2012
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CLOCK vs. WATCH

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Hello! Good morning. I hope all of you had a nice weekend.

In today's Daily Vitamin we look at the difference between the words clock and watch.

Definition of a clock
: A mechanical or digital instrument for measuring or showing the time. A clock is often displayed on a wall or on top of a surface, like an alarm clock.

Definition of a watch: A type of clock that is usually worn around the wrist by means of a strap. Some old-fashioned watches are held by a chain and placed in the pocket.

Example 1:
The old lady had a clock in each room and a huge grandfather clock in the front hall that she would wind every evening.

Example 2:
I used to wear a watch but now I just look at my mobile phone if I want to know the time.

Oh! I've just checked my watch and I see it's time to go. See you tomorrow with another Daily Vitamin.

Enjoy your day!


Friday the 26th of October, 2012
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DRAWBACK (EWV)

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Good morning everyone.

A lo largo de las próximas semanas, vamos a estudiar expresiones con la palabra DRAW. Además de leer estas vitaminas, recomiendo que las escuches en la sección de la Daily Vitamin (http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp), ya que esta palabra se suele pronunciar incorrectamente. También recomiendo que leas las vitamins en voz alta para practicar tu pronunciación.

Today's word is: drawback
(La palabra de hoy es: inconveniente / desventaja)

Meaning: A drawback is a disadvantage or a problem. It's often combined with the words MAJOR or MINOR to refer to the size of the drawback.
(Significado: un "drawback" es una desventaja o problema. A menudo se combina con las palabras MAJOR (= muy importante) o MINOR (= secundario / menor) para indicar la importancia del problema.)

Example 1:
One major drawback to living in the country is that you are dependent on a car to get around.
(Una desventaja importante de vivir en el campo es que dependes del coche para moverte.)

Example 2:
Harold: What drawbacks do you see in developing this proposal?
(Harold: ¿qué desventajas ves en desarrollar esta propuesta?)
Nadine: The cost, for one. Can we afford to invest in new product development at this time? Another drawback is the lack of specialized knowledge. We'd probably have to hire an external consultant.
(El coste, por ejemplo. ¿Podemos costear invertir en el desarrollo de un nuevo producto en este momento? Otra desventaja es la falta de conocimiento especializado. Seguramente tendríamos que contratar a un consultor externo.)

Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el contenido de la Essential Weekly Vitamin de hoy, por favor escribe un comentario en la sección de la Daily Vitamin, clicando en el botón "Add a Comment".

Have a great day and en excellent weekend!


Thursday the 25th of October, 2012
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MAN-4

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Hello everyone. Today we finish our look at expressions with the noun MAN.

Today's expression is: the man (and/or woman) in the street

Meaning: an average or ordinary person, either male or female.

Example 1:
Our political leaders often don't understand the views of the man in the street.

Example 2:
I think the average man or woman in the street doesn't fully understand the current financial crisis.

If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post your questions in the Daily Vitamin section on our website.

I also invite you to participate in the Daily Vitamin Question of the Day on our Facebook page.

Remember that tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking English students.

Have a great day!