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Friday the 28th of November, 2003
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FALSE FRIEND: SENSITIVE

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Good morning.

Today's word is: sensitive (adjective)

Meaning 1: reacting quickly or strongly to something.

Example 1:
Since Snowflake was an albino gorilla, he was very sensitive to the sun, which is probably why he died of skin cancer.

Meaning 2: Emotional or likely to become angry or disappointed very easily.

Example 2:
Since the divorce, she is very sensitive; I have seen her cry twice this morning.

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend! I'll see you in December.


Thursday the 27th of November, 2003
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FALSE FRIEND: SENSIBLE

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Good morning.

Today's word is: sensible (adjective: stress on first syllable)

It means: reasonable and practical.

Example 1:
When you go camping, it's important to wear sensible clothes; they should be practical and comfortable, not fashionable.

Example 2:
Usually you are a sensible person, but today you are very difficult to work with; you are asking us to do things that you yourself would never do.

REMEMBER!
Sensible is a false friend. In Spanish/Catalan it means 'sensato/assenyat' and NOT 'sensible'.

I hope you have a productive day.


Wednesday the 26th of November, 2003
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AROUND THE CLOCK

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Good morning.

Today's expression is: around the clock

It means: happening all day and all night; twenty-four hours a day.

Example 1:
Many companies now have customer service departments that stay open around the clock.

Example 2:
I have been working around the clock to get the report done. I hope to have it for you in the morning.

Enjoy the rest of your day.


Tuesday the 25th of November, 2003
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AWKWARD

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Good morning.

Today's word is: awkward (adjective)

It means: something that is difficult to deal with or something that is embarrassing.

Example 1:
I feel a little awkward going to a romantic dinner with him. After all, he's my boss.

Example 2:
Speaker 1: How is the cooking class?
Speaker 2: I like it, but it's an awkward situation because I'm the only man amongst the 25 students!

Enjoy the rest of your day.



Monday the 24th of November, 2003
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TO GET YOUR MONEY'S WORTH

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Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend.

Today's expression is: to get your money's worth.

It means: to feel that something you have received is worth the amount that you paid for it.

Example:
I paid only 8,000 euros for this car 10 years ago and it is still running perfectly. I really feel like I got my money's worth when I bought it.

Have a good day.