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15 / 05 / 2006

GOING TO THE BEACH (1): meaning and examples

Good morning, I hope all of you had a relaxing weekend. This is the time of year when we start going to the beach and spending time outdoors, so this week we're going to look at some useful vocabulary associated with these activities. Today's word is: Sunbathe It means: to sit or lie in the sun with the intention of getting a tan (bronceado). Example 1 We spent our holidays on a very small island; there was nothing much to do so we spent our time sunbathing on the beach. Example 2 I prefer to sunbathe at the pool rather than on the beach. Example 3 If you're bored of sunbathing, why don't you go and buy me an ice cream? A note on pronunciation: the first vowel sound of the second syllable, bathe, rhymes with save or gave. You may be tempted to translate today's expression as tomar el sol, but its equivalent in English, "to take the sun," sounds rather old-fashioned these days and we don't really use it. Tomorrow we will talk about some other things that you can do on the beach. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. Have a good (and hopefully sunny) day.