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Monday the 29th of February, 2016
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MISSING MONDAY: UNSCRAMBLE THE SENTENCE!

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Hello and welcome to our last Daily Vitamin post of February. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

Today we are asking you to unscramble these words and make a sentence. 

my George out with sister to go not persuaded

Here are some hints:

Hint 1: This sentence includes a phrasal verb that means TO DATE

Hint 2: There is a NOT + INFINITIVE construction in this sentence. 

If you know the answer, tell us on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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One more thing: today is the 29th of February. Do you know what we call this special day in English? Leap day! Leap is another word for JUMP.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_29

Have an excellent day!


Friday the 26th of February, 2016
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: BREAK UP

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Hello everyone and welcome to our last lesson of the week, Phrasal Verb Friday!

February is usually all about love, but today we are looking at the opposite: TO BREAK UPThis phrasal verb has many meanings, but today we are focusing on the definition related to relationships

Definition: to end a romance. 

Example 1: Sarah and Dan broke up last fall. 

Example 2: Did you hear that they broke up?

Example 3
: You should never break up with someone close to their birthday.

This phrasal verb is INTRANSITIVE. You will hear this phrasal verb a lot in songs, since many songs are about romance. 

That's all for today! As always, thank you for reading. Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday the 25th of February, 2016
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THEME THURSDAY: PAYING THE BILL ('ON THE HOUSE')

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Hello everyone and welcome to our last Theme Thursday of February!

For the final lesson in our "paying-the-bill" theme, we are looking at the expression ON THE HOUSE

Definition
: a phrase to describe something that is free because the restaurant or bar pays. 

Example 1: Your dessert is on the house because it's your birthday. 

Example 2: The first round of drinks is on the house

Example 3: If you eat at our restaurant nine times, your 10th meal is on the house

I hope you enjoyed our lessons on how to talk about paying for the bill at a restaurant. To review all of this month's Theme Thursday lessons, click on the following link.  

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?rs=paying%20the%20bill

Thanks for reading! We will see you tomorrow for Phrasal Verb Friday!


Wednesday the 24th of February, 2016
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: 'TO SHED LIGHT' + ZIGGURAT BLOG POST

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Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you! I hope that your day is going well. 

Did you know that we have a Ziggurat Blog?

https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/

If you like the Daily Vitamin and would like more English practise, check it out! It has many language learning tips. 

Today we are looking at a Ziggurat Blog post from last year. We looked at the TED Talk by Jonathan Klein called "Photos That Changed the World."

https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/photos-that-changed-the-world-jonathan-klein/


It's an excellent speech, and the photos are beautiful! I encourage you to watch it. 

The speaker, Jonathan Klein, uses the expression TO SHED LIGHT ON (something) in his speech. This is a great expression and we are looking at it for today's Wordy Wednesday

Definition: to clarify or supply information about something. 

Example 1: The images from Klein's speech shed light on many world issues, like poverty and AIDS. 

Here is how Klein used the phrase in his speech.

Example 2: Images have power to shed light of understanding on suspicion, ignorance... and the issue of HIV/AIDS. 

Photos definitely have the ability to shed light on many problems in the world. Is there a powerful image that you love? Tell us about it on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Thanks for reading! 


Tuesday the 23rd of February, 2016
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TENSE TUESDAY: GERUND AFTER PREPOSITIONS

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Hello everyone! Welcome to The Daily Vitamin's Tense Tuesday

Students are often confused about when to use a GERUND (-ing) and when to use an INFINITIVE (verb + TO), so today we are focusing on this idea. One time that we typically use a GERUND is when a verb follows a preposition, such as the construction ADJECTIVE + PREPOSITION + GERUND

Example 1: I am not good at swimming

Example 2: Tim gets frustrated after studying maths.

Example 3: She was upset upon hearing the news. 

We can also use the ADJECTIVE + PREPOSITION + (NOT) GERUND for sentences in the negative.

Example 4: We have been bad about not cooking healthy food lately. 

Example 5: I feel terrible about not going to your birthday party. 

What are you good at doing? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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That's all for today! We will see you tomorrow for Wordy Wednesday!