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Wednesday the 31st of October, 2018
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HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY (PETRIFIED)

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Welcome back and Happy Halloween everyone!

This week we are focusing on vocabulary related to Halloween, and today we are learning the word PETRIFIED

Definition: So scared that you are unable to move. 

Example 1: I'm petrified of heights. I can't even climb a ladder without shaking. 

Example 2: You look petrified. What's wrong?

Example 3: The children were petrified of the clown. 

Of course, there is also the "normal" meaning of petrified: when organic matter is changed into a stony substance.

Example 4: I found a piece of petrified wood on the trail. It looks like wood, but it feels like rock.

Tomorrow is a holiday in Spain, All Saints Day, so there will be no Daily Vitamin. Therefore, we will see you on Friday for one more Halloween-related vocabulary lesson.

Have a great Halloween!



Tuesday the 30th of October, 2018
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HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY (SUPERSTITION)

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Welcome back to our week of Halloween Vocabulary for the Daily Vitamin. We are looking at words related to Halloween; today we are learning SUPERSTITION

Definition: A belief that something is caused by a supernatural force.

Example 1: Some people think that black cats are bad luck; that's just a silly superstition

Example 2: Is Friday the 13th a day on which bad things happen? My friend thinks so; I think it's superstition

Example 3: One strange superstition is that you will have bad luck if you open an umbrella inside. 

What are some superstitions you know of? Tell us on one of our social media sites (Facebook or Twitter). 

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That's all for today. Have a great day!



Monday the 29th of October, 2018
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HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY (TO SPOOK SOMEONE)

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Hello everyone! Can you believe that October is almost over?

This week we are celebrating Halloween, a holiday that is celebrated in different ways in different countries. We will look at Halloween Vocabulary this week. Today we are learning the verb TO SPOOK (someone/something). 

Definition: To scare someone or something. 

Example 1: I don't like these Halloween decorations. They really spook me!

Example 2: The house at the end of the street always spooked my sister when she was little. It looks like it's from a scary movie. 

Example 3: My brother wore a mask and spooked my dog. 

That's all for today. What spooks you? Let us know on one of our social media sites (Facebook or Twitter). 

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Have a great day!



Friday the 26th of October, 2018
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OFTEN CONFUSED WORDS (IMPLY/INFER)

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Good morning and happy Friday, everyone!

This week, we have learned some often-confused words. We are completing this theme with IMPLY vs. INFER

Definition of IMPLY: Strongly suggest the truth (but not state the truth directly). 

Example 1: She said she was tired, which implied she wanted to leave the party. 

Example 2: He laughed at my accent. Does that imply that he thinks my French is bad?

Example 3: The director implied that we would all get a bonus at the end of the year.  

Definition of INFER: To make an opinion or come to a conclusion using evidence and reasoning (without having the information presented directly through statements). 

Example 4: I saw your car in the driveway and your lights were on, so I inferred that you were home. 

Example 5: I can infer from the one-star ratings that this movie is very bad.

That's it for this week!  We will see you on Monday for a week about Halloween vocabulary.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.



Thursday the 25th of October, 2018
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OFTEN CONFUSED WORDS (ENSURE/INSURE)

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Hello and happy Thursday Daily Vitamin readers!

As you probably know, this week we are learning often-confused words. Today we are looking at ENSURE vs. INSURE

Definition of ENSURE: To make something certain, sure. 

Example 1: The cruise ship ensures that your luggage will be in your room when you arrive. 

Example 2: This new job ensures that I will become a full-time professor at my university. 

Definition of INSURE: To provide insurance, compensation, or security (usually formally and legally). 

Example 3: My car was stolen, but I am insured, so hopefully I can get a replacement. 

Example 4: This policy will insure your home in the case of fire or natural disasters.

That's all for today. We will see you tomorrow for one more lesson about often-confused words.