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Tuesday the 23rd of April, 2019
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MISSING WORD (I)

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Welcome back, everyone! How was your Holy Week (Semana Santa)? I hope you had a wonderful week. 

This week we have prepared four Missing-Word lessons for you that need your participation.

The sentences below are missing a word. It's the same word for each gap. Do you know which word it is?

Sentence 1: He planted grapes with the hope ____ making wine in three years. 

Sentence 2: ____ all the restaurants in this city, I can't believe my ex and I came to the same restaurant tonight. 

Sentence 3: We had an increase in sales ____ 5% last year. 

Leave us your answer on one of our social media sites (Facebook or Twitter) and we will post the correct answer later. We will also include the correct answer in tomorrow's Daily Vitamin email.

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Good luck!



Friday the 12th of April, 2019
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EGG EXPRESSIONS (YOU CAN’T MAKE AN OMELETTE...)

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Hello and happy Friday, everyone!

Today is our last day of Egg Expressions, and it's also the last Daily Vitamin before we take a break for Holy Week (Semana Santa). The last Egg Expression is YOU CAN'T MAKE AN OMELETTE WITHOUT BREAKING SOME EGGS

Definition: An expression meaning that it is impossible to achieve something important without there being some bad effects. 

Example 1: The company had to restructure, and several people lost their jobs. The manager said, "you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs," but it's still terrible for those who are out of work. 

Example 2: Some customers are angry that the company changed their packaging, but you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs

Fun fact: in American English, the word omelette is spelled omelet

That's it for this week. Next week and the following Monday there will be no Daily Vitamin lessons because of Holy Week (Semana Santa) and Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua).

We will see you on Tuesday, April 23 for more lessons. Have a great week!



Thursday the 11th of April, 2019
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EGG EXPRESSIONS (ROTTEN EGG)

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Welcome back, everyone! How's your Thursday? 

It's our fourth lesson about Egg Expressions and today we are looking at the term ROTTEN EGG

Definition: Someone who is bad and causes trouble. 

Example 1: I remember this kid Jacobsen from elementary school. He was totally a rotten egg and caused so many problems for our teacher. 

Example 2: They tried hard to raise their child well, but she did a lot of drugs and is now in jail. I guess she was a rotten egg

That's it for today's lesson. I hope you are able to avoid those rotten eggs out there today! ;-)

Have a great Thursday!



Wednesday the 10th of April, 2019
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EGG EXPRESSIONS (WALKING ON EGGSHELLS)

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Hello, readers! How's your week going? I hope you're enjoying the spring. 

We are on our third day of Egg Expressions. Today we are learning the phrase WALKING ON EGGSHELLS

Definition: To be overly careful in dealing with a person or situation because they get angry or offended very easily; to try very hard not to upset someone or something. 

Example 1: My brother's wife is a very difficult person. We always feel like we are walking on eggshells around her. 

Example 2: When I first started my job, I was walking on eggshells trying not to make mistakes. Now I am more confident in my skills and am more comfortable in the office. 

That's all for today. I hope you are not currently in a situation where you have to constantly walk on eggshells.

Thanks for reading!



Tuesday the 09th of April, 2019
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EGG EXPRESSIONS (DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET)

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Welcome back, everyone! 

Today is our second day of Egg Expressions and we are looking at the saying DON'T PUT ALL OF YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET

Definition: This is a phrase used to give advice; it means that one should not concentrate all of their efforts and resources in one area, because they could lose everything.

Example 1: All of their money is invested in this new company. I told them not to put all of their eggs in one basket, but they are confident they will make money. 

Example 2: My friend is a designer. He only has one client, which makes him nervous. He knows it's dangerous to put all of his eggs in one basket: if this client decides to use another designer, my friend will not have any income. 

Can you see why this expression is used? If you put all of your eggs into one basket, and then you drop that basket...you have no eggs!

We covered this lesson in March of 2013. Here it is if you'd like to see it again. 

https://ziggurat.es/leccion_ingles/2091

That's all for today. I hope you enjoy your day. We will see you tomorrow.