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Friday the 29th of May, 2015
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: 'CALM DOWN'

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Hi everyone! Happy Friday to you! I hope that you had a great week. 

For the last lesson of May, we are looking at the phrasal verb TO CALM DOWN

Definition: to relax, especially after having extreme emotions like anger or excitement. 

Example 1: Calm down; I'm sure we will find your keys. 

Example 2: I have to calm my dog down after she sees a cat. 

Example 3: He calmed down the driver after the car accident. 

Notice that this phrasal verb is SEPARABLE and TRANSITIVE. You can CALM (YOURSELF) DOWN or you can CALM someone DOWN

This concludes our lessons for the week, and for the month of May. Join us next week for the start of June's lessons, including many more phrasal verbs and a very fun Theme Thursday. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!


Thursday the 28th of May, 2015
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THEME THURSDAY: IDIOMS WITH INSECTS (TO HAVE A BEE IN YOUR BONNET)

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Welcome back, DV readers! For May's Theme Thursday, we are looking at IDIOMS WITH INSECTS. Click here for the lessons we have already covered: 

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

For today's lesson, we are looking at the expression TO HAVE A BEE IN ONE'S BONNET. A bonnet is an old-fashioned hat.

Definition: to be preoccupied or obsessed with something.

Example 1
: She has a bee in her bonnet about the neighbor's barking dog.

Example 2: Our country has a bee in its bonnet now that the government mentioned raising taxes. 

That's all for today. Thanks for reading! We will see you tomorrow for Phrasal Verb Friday


Wednesday the 27th of May, 2015
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: 'DRIVE' AS A SYNONYM FOR MOTIVATION

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Good morning. Happy Wednesday to everyone!

Today's mid-week lesson focuses on the word DRIVE. We typically use the word DRIVE for cars, but did you know that we also use DRIVE as a synonym for MOTIVATION?

Definition: the desire to reach a goal. 

Example 1: She has the drive to succeed. 

Example 2: What drives you to do well in your job?

Example 3: He is a very driven student and studies a lot. 

Notice how we can use the NOUN, VERB or PAST PARTICIPLE forms of the word DRIVE

What drives you to succeed in life? Tell us on our Facebook page and practise your English.

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

As always, thanks for reading! See you tomorrow for Theme Thursday!


Tuesday the 26th of May, 2015
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TENSE TUESDAY: WH-QUESTIONS + SONG LYRICS

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope it's not too "tense." ;-)

For today's Tense Tuesday, we are looking at WH- QUESTIONS in a song. WH-QUESTIONS are questions that begin with WH- words, like WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY (and HOW). They use the auxiliary verbs DO/DOES/DID to form Simple Present and Simple Past Questions. 

Example 1: What time does your class start?

Example 2: When did you go to bed last night?

We looked at using auxiliaries like DO/DOES in 2006. Click on the link below to see that lesson.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=640

We also looked at using DO/DOES in questions last October. The link for that lesson is below.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2432 

A song from the 90s, "Where Did You Go?" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, uses the WH-QUESTION construction. It's a fun song, and it also uses a lot of Simple Past verbs. 

Click on the link below to listen to the song. The lyrics are included after the link. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjPB3jROgco

Where Did You Go?

Hello?
Checked the clock when I got home
And realized I was alone
Sat for hours by the window
Wonderin' "where did you go?"

Couldn't eat or sleep at all
Took the pictures off the wall
Paced the place as time moves slow
And I'm wondering "where did you go?"
Where'd you go? Where'd you go?
I wanna know

Lit a cigarette I couldn't smoke
Wound the clock until it broke
Went to bed then took a shower
Stared at TV for an hour
Did the dishes, made the bed
Read a book I've never read
Any minute you will show
And I'm wondering "where did you go?"
Where'd you go? Where'd you go?
I wanna know

Where did you go? [4x]

I opened the fridge, I opened a beer
And played a tape I couldn't hear
Emptiness began to grow
And I'm wondering "where did you go?"
Watched the sun come up from the back stairs
Thought about the last few years
I lost control, I screamed, I cried
I punched a pole and went inside
Packed my things called a friend
Wished this emptiness would end
Wrote a note then tore it up
Poured the beer into a cup
Sat on the couch, drank it slow
Wondering "where did you go?"

I realized I couldn't stay
Grabbed my things and I went away
Where'd you go? Where'd you go?
I wanna know!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


Monday the 25th of May, 2015
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MISSING MONDAY: A TRANSITIVE VERB

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Happy Monday, readers! I hope that you had a great weekend. Are you ready for the first lesson of the week?

For today's Missing Monday, we are looking at a TRANSITIVE verb. Do you know which verb completes the sentence below?

Sentence 1: You __________ me of my friend Jake. You look a lot like him. 

Give us your answer on our
Facebook page and we will post the correct answer later. 

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

That's all for today. Thanks for participating! We will see you tomorrow for Tense Tuesday and a lesson on forming questions.