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Friday the 19th of July, 2013
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KEEP YOUR ENGLISH ALIVE DURING SUMMER

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Good morning.

Today's special Daily Vitamin will be the last Daily Vitamin until Monday, September 16th. Therefore, today I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to make a plan to stay in contact with English this summer.

If you are a Ziggurat student or are registered for the ZigSpace, these weeks of holidays might be a good time to:
  1. Review and revise the more than 1900 Daily Vitamins that we have created since October 2003.
  2. Listen to the Daily Vitamin sound files on our website, to improve your pronunciation and listening skills.
  3. Do some of the 100 monthly activity packs that we have created, which will help you to consolidate the content covered for each month.
Some time ago I had a student return from summer holidays with a stronger level than when he left. (This is a true story!) During the summer he read in English, watched films and DVDs in English and went to Scotland with his family (among other things). There is no reason not to improve your English in the summer.

For some suggestions (in Spanish) about how to stay in contact with English in the summer, see the document at the following link:

http://www.ziggurat.es/bank/doc/docums/Fresh%20Summer%20English.pdf

We also encourage you to browse the resources section of our website at the following link:

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/recursos_ingles.asp


Have a great summer and we'll see you on September 16th!


Thursday the 18th of July, 2013
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MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

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Good morning everyone!

Today is our last summer idiom of this series.

Today's summer idiom is: TO MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

It means: to take advantage of favourable conditions in order to do something.

Example 1:
Our computer system will be transferred to a new server tomorrow. We won't be able to use it until the day after tomorrow so let's make hay while the sun shines.

Example 2:
The weather forecast for tomorrow is terrible. I want to get some gardening done today so I plan on making hay while the sun shines.

Tomorrow will be the last Daily Vitamin of the 2012-2013 academic year; we will review some ways to maintain and/or improve your English this summer. Summer doesn't have to be a break from English; it can be a time to make hay while the sun shines. ;-)

Have a great day!


Wednesday the 17th of July, 2013
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COME RAIN OR SHINE

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Good morning!

Our summer idiom today is related to the verb 'to shine'. This is what the sun does!

Today's idiom is: COME RAIN OR SHINE

It means: to do something no matter what happens.

Example 1:
We're going to celebrate our anniversary in the park, come rain or shine!

Example 2:
Don't worry. I'll finish the project by Friday, come rain or shine.

Enjoy the rest of your day, come rain or shine!


Tuesday the 16th of July, 2013
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MAD DOGS AND ENGLISH MEN

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Good morning!

Today we continue with our summer idioms! Actually, more than an idiom, today we have a saying. A saying is a well-known phrase or statement that expresses somthing about life that most people believe is wise and true.

Today's summer saying is: Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.

It means: the weather is so hot that only a very crazy person would go outside at midday.

Example:
Ronald: Shall we go for a run?
Michael: Are you mad? It must be 35 degrees outside! Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun. And I am neither of them!

I hope all of you have a pleasant day and stay cool!


Monday the 15th of July, 2013
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INDIAN SUMMER

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Good morning!

This is the last week of Daily Vitamins before the summer and we are going to explain some summer-related English idioms. An idiom is a group of words whose meaning is different from the meanings of the individual words.

Today's summer idiom is: INDIAN SUMMER

It means: a short period in autumn with unusually warm and sunny weather.

Example 1:
I love Indian summer. It's like the last memory of summer before winter begins.

Example 2:
It's 28 degrees Celsius in the middle of October! It must be Indian summer. Let's have a barbeque outside!

Have a great day!