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Friday the 14th of July, 2017
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: FINISH OFF

Hello readers and welcome to the last Daily Vitamin post of the academic year! We are ending this year's lessons with a phrasal verb about completing things: TO FINISH OFF.

Definition: to finish completely. 

Example 1: We are finishing off this year's Daily Vitamin posts with a phrasal verb. 

Example 2: We are going to celebrate by finishing off a bottle of cava. 

There are other definitions for this phrasal verb; today we are only looking at this definition because it is so appropriate for today's lesson. This phrasal verb is TRANSITIVE and SEPARABLE. For example, we could write Example 2 like this:

We are going to celebrate by finishing a bottle of cava off.

We would like to thank each and every one of you for reading the Daily Vitamin, participating in our Alphabet Game, and engaging with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Before we leave, we wanted to ask you what your favourite Daily Vitamin post was this year. Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter pages; we would love to hear which phrase or expression or word you found the most useful, or most interesting.

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We will be back on September 12th with more lessons. Until then, have a wonderful summer and take care!



Thursday the 13th of July, 2017
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THEME THURSDAY: EXPRESSIONS WITH DANCE (CUT A RUG)

Welcome back, everyone!

Today is the second and last Theme Thursday of the month. Today, we are looking at another expression related to dance: TO CUT A RUG.

Definition: a slang expression that means "to dance."

Example 1: Yes, I can dance. I cut a rug from time to time. 

Example 2: I had no idea that your dad can cut a rug! He has some great moves!

This is an older expression, and one that we often use jokingly. 

Can you cut a rug? Where is your favourite place to do so? Let us know on our Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!



Wednesday the 12th of July, 2017
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: PETTY

Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you all. 

For today's Wordy Wednesday lesson, we are looking at the adjective PETTY

Definition 1: not important. 

Example 1: I don't remember why we were fighting. It was probably something petty

Definition 2: concerned with very trivial things in a spiteful or trivial way. 

Example 2: My old flatmate wouldn't let me use her sugar for my coffee. That seemed really petty

Example 3: He was SO angry that his coffee wasn't warm. I don't know why he was being so petty

That concludes our lesson for the day (and our last Wordy Wednesday for the academic year).

I hope that you don't let yourself be too concerned with petty things or people on this beautiful summer day.

We will see you tomorrow!



Tuesday the 11th of July, 2017
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TENSE TUESDAY: THE FUTURE PROGRESSIVE

Welcome to today's Tense Tuesday for the Daily Vitamin!

For our lesson today, we will be looking at the Future Progressive

The Future Progressive has two forms:

WILL + BE + -ING

BE GOING TO + BE + -ING

We use this tense to talk about actions that will be in progress in the future.

Example 1: We will be leaving at 9 am tomorrow. 

Example 2: I will be working next Saturday. 

We also use it without specific time to talk about an action we will do a lot in the future. 

Example 3: She is going to be traveling a lot with her new job. 

Example 4: Christmas is coming: we are going to be shopping a lot very soon!

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



Monday the 10th of July, 2017
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MISSING MONDAY: COMPUTER-RELATED VOCAB + ZIGGURAT BLOG POST

Hello, readers! I hope your week is beginning well. Are you ready for some Monday-morning English?

It's our last Missing Monday and our last week of Daily Vitamin posts for this academic year!

Today we are looking at a word we used twice in a Ziggurat Blog post titled “7 Ways to Learn Languages Online.” The word is related to using a computer. Can you complete the sentences below with the correct word? 

Sentence 1: After reading the caption in your new language, _____ on "translate" to see if you understood.

Sentence 2:  If you don't understand the word, simply _____ on it and Google changes the word back to your native language.

Give us your answers on our Facebook or Twitter pages and we will post the correct answer later.

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If you want to read the blog article, use the link below. 

https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/7-ways-to-learn-languages-online/

Thank you for participating! Good luck!