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Friday the 31st of October, 2014
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: LOOK DOWN ON

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Good morning everyone and welcome to another Phrasal Verb Friday. Happy Halloween!

If you would like to see one of our past Halloween-themed Daily Vitamins, you can click on the following link:

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=1117

As you know, for October's Phrasal Verb Fridays we have examined three-word phrasal verbs. Today, we complete this month's lessons with the phrasal verb LOOK DOWN ON.

Definition
: To feel superior to someone or something.

Example 1: He looks down on people in the sales department.

Example 2: The rich should not look down on the poor.

Example 3: My mother taught me never to look down on anyone.

This ends our month of lessons about three-word phrasal verbs, and the other themes of October. Tune in next week to see November's themes, including lessons on countable and non-countable nouns, and a new Monday theme: Missing Monday.

Until then, have a great weekend; and Happy Halloween to anyone who is celebrating!


Thursday the 30th of October, 2014
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THEME THURSDAY: SAYING GOOD-BYE AFTER BUSINESS MEETINGS

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Good morning again.

For October's Theme Thursday we have looked at casual and formal business language with writing and speaking. Today we are looking at some ways to say goodbye after a business meeting.

We often begin a goodbye with future plans for business.

Example 1: I will follow up your proposal next week.

Example 2: I will send you an email shortly.

Example 3: My assistant will call you to schedule another meeting.

Then, we thank the person for their time.

Example 4: Thank you again for coming.

Example 5: I appreciate you meeting with me.

Example 6: I appreciate your time.

Finally, we say goodbye (usually with a handshake as well).

Example 7: Take care.

Example 8: Have a great day / week / weekend.

Example 9: It was great to see you again.

Example 10: I look forward to seeing you again soon.

So if we put this all together, it might sound like this: I will follow up your proposal next week. Thank you again for coming. Take care.

Of course, these are just some of the many ways we can end a business meeting. I hope that this month's Theme Thursday lessons have given you some new ways to communicate in business situations.

Until tomorrow, have a great day!


Wednesday the 29th of October, 2014
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: FLAKE

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Good morning everyone.

For today's Wordy Wednesday, we are looking at the slang word FLAKE.

In English slang, especially in North America, the noun FLAKE refers to an unreliable person or someone who agrees to do something, but never follows through.

The verb is FLAKE and the adjective is FLAKY. There is also a phrasal verb to FLAKE ON SOMEONE.

Example 1(noun): She cancelled on me again. What a flake.

Example 2 (verb): My friend was supposed to pick me up at 8:00, but she flaked on me; she says it's because her car broke down, but I don't know if I believe her.

Example 3 (adjective): I love my friend Sara, but she is so flaky. I haven't seen her in months.

There is a well-known song by Jack Johnson titled FLAKE. It talks about a girl who cannot make a decision. Because she has trouble making plans, she is a FLAKE. Johnson never uses the word FLAKE in the song, but the lyrics show that the girl is FLAKY.

Click on the link below to listen to Jack Johnson's song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fa_MLOQyMI

Below we have included the lyrics to the song. As you will see there are many phrasal verbs in this song: how many do you see?

FLAKE
by Jack Johnson
I know she said it's alright
But you can make it up next time
I know she knows it's not right
There ain't no use in lying
Maybe she thinks I know something
Maybe maybe she thinks its fine
Maybe she knows something I don't
I'm so, I'm so tired, I'm so tired of trying

It seems to me that maybe,
It pretty much always means no
So don't tell me you might just let it go
And often times we're lazy
It seems to stand in my way
Cause no one no not no one
Likes to be let down

I know she loves the sunrise
No longer sees it with her sleeping eyes
And I know that when she said she's gonna try
Well it might not work because of other ties and
I know she usually has some other ties
And I wouldn't want to break 'em, nah, I wouldn't want to break 'em
Maybe she'll help me to untie this but
Until then well, I'm gonna have to lie too

It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means no
So don't tell me you might just let it go
And often times we're lazy
It seems to stand in my way
Cause no one no not no one
Likes to be let down
It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means no
So don't tell me you might just let it go

The harder that you try baby, the further you'll fall
Even with all the money in the whole wide world
Please please please don't pass me
Please please please don't pass me
Please please please don't pass me by

Everything you know about me now baby you gonna have to change
You gonna have to call it by a brand new name
Please please please don't drag me
Please please please don't drag me
Please please please don't drag me down

Just like a tree down by the water baby I shall not move
Even after all the silly things you do
Please please please don't drag me
Please please please don't drag me
Please please please don't drag me down


Tomorrow we will continue our Theme Thursday with our last lesson on Formal vs. Informal Business English.

Until then, have a great day! And thanks for reading.


Tuesday the 28th of October, 2014
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TENSE TUESDAY: PRESENT PERFECT WITH SPECIFIC TIME (PART 2)

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Good morning everyone.

For today's Tense Tuesday we are continuing our lesson on the present perfect. Two weeks ago, we reviewed the present perfect with past experiences. Click on the link below to review that lesson.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2428

Then we looked at the present perfect with FOR. We use FOR with a period of time. Click on the link below to review that lesson.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2433

Today we are looking at the present perfect with SINCE. We use SINCE with a specific date or point in time in the past to indicate how long a situation or activity has been in progress.

Example 1: I have lived here since 2010.

Example 2: He has worked with me since December.

We also use it with a specific moment in the past, which is not necessarily a date.

Example 3: I have loved chocolate since I was a child.

Example 4: We have been friends since I moved to this neighbourhood.

Notice that in these last examples the phrase with SINCE uses a simple past verb.

Join us tomorrow for Wordy Wednesday, when we look at an English slang word for people who always cancel their plans. (We all know someone like this.)

Until then, have a great day!


Monday the 27th of October, 2014
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MISTAKE MONDAY: PRESENT AND PAST PARTICIPLES

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Hello everyone. I hope you had a good weekend.

Today is Mistake Monday and we are looking at a sentence which is grammatically correct, but often used incorrectly.

Sentence 1: I am boring.

This sentence means that the speaker is a boring person. In most contexts a speaker would want to say that something is making him or her feel bored. The sentence would be:

Sentence 2: I am bored.

Students often confuse the -ED adjectives with the -ING adjectives. What is the difference? Bored is a past participle and boring is a present participle. We use past participles (-ED) to describe how we feel, and we use present participles (-ING) to talk about the characteristics of a person or thing. We looked at this idea for the first time in 2004 (and again in 2010). Click on the link below to review that lesson.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=129

Here are some examples that demonstrate the difference.

Example 1: I was bored in class. Class was so boring.

Example 2
: The movie was boring. The audience looked bored.

The good news is that if you remember that -ED is feeling and -ING is characteristics, you will get it right with other words that students often have problems with (exciting/excited, interesting/interested, etc.).

That's it for today. I hope you have a great beginning to the week.

Thanks for reading!