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Monday the 31st of October, 2016
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MISSING MONDAY: PHRASAL VERB WITH 'DRESS'

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Hello, readers! How was your weekend?

Our last post of October is, of course, Halloween related: today is Halloween! Happy Halloween!

Can you complete these sentences? Hint: the missing word completes a phrasal verb with DRESS.  

Sentence 1: I dressed _____ as a cat for Halloween.

Sentence 2
: He didn't dress _____ this year. He had to work on Halloween.

Leave us your answer on our Facebook or Twitter pages and, as always, we will post the answer later.

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Good luck, and Happy Halloween!


Friday the 28th of October, 2016
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: TURN INTO

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Hi readers! I hope you've enjoyed our Halloween-crazy month of October, where most of our posts were dedicated to Halloween. We are finishing this month with one more phrasal verb: TO TURN INTO (something).

Definition
: to become something; to be transformed into something.

Example 1
: If you get bit by a vampire, then you turn into a vampire too.

Example 2
: Folklore says that he turns into a werewolf when there is a full moon.

And of course, we can use this for non-Halloween situations too.

Example 3
: My experiences volunteering in India really turned me into the person I am today.

Example 4
: After having a baby, I turned into a much more responsible person.

As you can see from the examples, this phrasal verb is TRANSITIVE and it is SEPARABLE.

That's all for this week! We will see you on Monday for more lessons.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday the 27th of October, 2016
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THEME THURSDAY: HALLOWEEN EXPRESSIONS (JEKYLL AND HYDE PERSONALITY)

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Hello, DV readers! I hope your week is going well. Are you ready for another Halloween-related expression? Today we are looking at the phrase JEKYLL AND HYDE PERSONALITY.

Definition
: a person whose moral character changes in different situations; someone who seems to have very different personalities depending on the situation.

This comes from the book Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. You can read the book online and you can also listen to it as an audio-book. Here is a link to one of the many audio-books for this novel.

https://librivox.org/the-strange-case-of-dr-jekyll-mr-hyde-by-robert-louis-stevenson/

That's all for today! Thank you for reading!


Wednesday the 26th of October, 2016
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: FOLKLORE

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Hi, readers! How's your week going? I trust everything is going well.

For Wordy Wednesday, we are looking at the word FOLKLORE. It's a great vocabulary word for the month related to Halloween!

Definition
: traditional art, literature, stories, etc. that are shared in a culture.

Example 1: The werewolf and vampire are two interesting parts of folklore in America and Europe.

Example 2: According to folklore, all of the spirits of the dead come out on November 1st.

Example 3
: In my village, a common folklore is that the forest is haunted by a huge white wolf.

If you'd like some reading practice, here is a great website that shares American folklore stories, which are often called FOLKTALES.

http://www.americanfolklore.net/sindex.html

What are some folklore (or folktales) from your culture? Tell us on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices/


That's all for today. Thank you for reading!


Tuesday the 25th of October, 2016
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TENSE TUESDAY: WORDS USED WITH PRESENT CONTINUOUS (AT THE MOMENT) + ZIG BLOG POST

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Hello, readers! For the last few Tense Tuesday lessons, we have looked at words we commonly use with the Present Progressive. Today, we are looking at one more, and also looking at how these words were used in a Ziggurat Blog post.

The adverbial phrase AT THE MOMENT is often used with the Present Progressive. It can be used before or after the Present Progressive construction.

AT THE MOMENT + subject + IS/AM/ARE + -ING
subject + IS/AM/ARE + -ING + AT THE MOMENT

Our student, Antoni, used this phrase in his Ziggurat Blog post about a book he read, the biography of Steve Jobs. In this book review, Antoni writes:

"At the moment I am reading an interesting book about Steve Job's life..."

You can read Antoni's excellent book review here:

https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/students-review-steve-jobs-biography-by-antoni-ardanuy/


Thanks for your incredibly well-written review, Antoni! We are glad you enjoyed the book and we encourage everyone to check out this biography!

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!