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Tuesday the 11th of December, 2018
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BAD CHRISTMAS JOKES (2)

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Hello and welcome back, everyone!

It's day two of our Holiday / Christmas Jokes theme. We think we have the perfect joke for our grammar-loving Daily Vitamin readers.

Here is today's joke.

Question: What do you call Santa's helpers?
Answer: Subordinate Clauses. 

Do you get it?

In English grammar, a subordinate clause is a clause, typically introduced by a conjunction, that forms part of and is dependent on a main clause. Here is an example. 

Example 1: She answered the phone when it rang. 

“When it rang” is the subordinate clause ("when" is the subordinate conjunction). 

So, what's the joke? In English, the word "subordinate" also means "lower in importance or rank." It is used to describe people who work for another person. Therefore,
Santa's helpers are subordinates of Santa Claus. They are subordinate clauses

We hope you're laughing (or at least smiling) at this grammar joke. Join us tomorrow for another one!

Thank you for reading. 



Monday the 10th of December, 2018
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BAD CHRISTMAS JOKES (1)

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Happy Monday, everyone!

Today we begin our second week of holiday-related posts, and we are celebrating the season with a week of Holiday Jokes. Are you ready to laugh (or cry?) a little? One of the more difficult things to do in your second language is tell and understand jokes (no matter how good or bad they are).

Here is today's joke:

Question: Who is a Christmas tree’s favourite singer?
Answer: Spruce Springsteen. 

Do you get it?

A spruce is a type of Christmas tree, and it sounds like the name Bruce (as in the famous American rock singer, Bruce Springsteen). 

That's all for today. Laugh again with us tomorrow! ;-)



Friday the 07th of December, 2018
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HOLIDAY SONGS (THE CHRISTMAS SONG)

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Hello, everyone!

Today is our last day of Holiday Songs; we are finishing with the song "THE CHRISTMAS SONG." This is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. We're going to use the version by Nat King Cole today. In the song, Cole uses the word "AGLOW."

Definition of AGLOW: Glowing. 

Example 1 (from the song): Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow / Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

Example 2: The sky was aglow from the fireworks. 

Example 3: The church was aglow from the candles. 

Here is the link to today's song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwacxSnc4tI

And here you can read the lyrics:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you


That's all for this week. Next week, we will have some fun holiday-related jokes.

Have a great weekend!



Thursday the 06th of December, 2018
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NO DAILY VITAMIN TODAY (La Constitución)

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Today there is no Daily Vitamin because it is a bank holiday in Spain (Día de la Constitución).

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

We'll see you tomorrow for the last Daily Vitamin of the week.

Have a great day!



Wednesday the 05th of December, 2018
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HOLIDAY SONGS (IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR)

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin everyone!

It's our third day of Holiday Songs, and today we are looking at the #3 Christmas song of all time, according to a list from Billboard Magazine. It is "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." This is a popular Christmas song written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle. It was recorded and released that year by pop singer Andy Williams for his first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album. Today we are looking at the word GAY.

Definition of GAY: Happy; in a good mood.

Example 1 (from today's song): It's the hap-happiest season of all / With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings / When friends come to call

Example 2: It was a gay party.

This is the older definition of the word GAY. Today, it is almost exclusively used to define a person's sexuality (GAY = homosexual). And it can also be a woman's name in English. But you will still see and hear the word GAY in older songs, books, and movies used to describe a happy person, thing, or event.

Here is the link to today's song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-k7BWDm_Lg

And here are the full lyrics to the song:

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And carolling out in the snow

There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And carolling out in the snow

There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the year


Tomorrow is a bank holiday in Spain, so there will be no Daily Vitamin; we will see you on Friday for our last lesson of the week.

Thank you for reading!