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Friday the 23rd of December, 2005
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TO RAISE A TOAST

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Good morning, If you haven't seen the Ziggurat Christmas card yet (with sound), please click on the following link: www.ziggurat.es/christmas ***************************************** Today's expression is: to raise a toast It means: to lift your glass (usually containing a drink like wine or cava) and express a wish or desire for success, happiness or other good news. Someone might give a speech (discurso) at the moment of the toast (when you lift or raise your glass), but it is also common to simply say Cheers! and "clink" your glasses together. Example 1 All the guests raised a toast to the newly-wedded couple, wishing them happiness in their new life together. Example 2 Whenever we sit down to a big holiday meal at my house, we always raise a toast to the cook. After all, without his/her efforts, nobody would be eating! Example 3: The Ziggurat team would like to raise a toast and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please send us an email to vitamin@ziggurat.es. Have a good day and wonderful holidays! We'll "see" you again on January 9th, 2006.



Thursday the 22nd of December, 2005
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LEFTOVERS

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Good morning, If you haven't seen the Ziggurat Christmas card yet (with sound), please click on the following link: www.ziggurat.es/christmas ***************************************** Today's word is: leftovers (noun) It refers to: the food that remains after a meal; the food that you have not finished or eaten. Example 1 It is a tradition in Catalonia to make stuffed (relleno) cannelloni from the leftovers of the Christmas meal. This dish is prepared and eaten on the 26th of December. Example 2 My grandmother makes delicious soups from the leftovers of every meal. She never wastes anything! You can use the word leftover as an adjective (i.e. without the s at the end). Example 3: It's considered quite normal in the U.S. to take any leftover food with you from a restaurant meal. You would ask for a 'doggy bag' (the idea being that you are taking it home to your dog!). However, I've rarely seen this happen in Europe. Remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please send us an email to vitamin@ziggurat.es. Enjoy your day!



Wednesday the 21st of December, 2005
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DROP BY

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Good morning, Today's expression is: to drop by It means: to visit someone, usually unexpectedly (without calling or arranging to visit previously). Example 1 We'll be passing by Anita's house on the way back home. Why don't we drop by and say hello? We haven't seen her in months! Example 2 They really hate it when people drop by without calling first. Another way to say drop by is to drop in on someone. Example 3: She dropped in on us after work, to have a cup of coffee. Remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please send us an email to vitamin@ziggurat.es. Have a pleasant day!



Tuesday the 20th of December, 2005
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EVERYDAY VS. EVERY DAY (2)

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Good morning, Yesterday we learned that everyday refers to something that is considered normal or average. Today we look at how the meaning of this word changes when it is separated. EVERY DAY (adverb of frequency) It means: each day or all days Example 1 I try and go to the gym every day because it's important for me to keep in shape. Example 2 When I was a child, I used to go roller-skating every day after school. As you can see, every day is an adverb of frequency. It tells us how often. We can combine the word every with other words, such as every morning, every month or every hour. Remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please send us an email to vitamin@ziggurat.es. Have a great day!



Monday the 19th of December, 2005
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EVERYDAY VS. EVERY DAY (1)

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Good morning, Today we are going to examine the difference between everyday (adjective) and every day (adverb). EVERYDAY (adjective) It means: something that is considered normal or average Example 1 Why do you want to use that particular pen? It's just an everyday, black ball-point pen. There's nothing special about it. Example 2 I need to buy some everyday shoes. You know? Something really comfortable for walking around in; nothing too fancy. Example 3 He doesn't find his job particularly fulfilling because he only has to do everyday tasks. Ideally, he would like a greater challenge. You can see in the above examples that we frequently use the word just or only combined with everyday. This is because everyday emphasizes the fact that something is not special or different, but average. Tomorrow we will learn about every day (adverb). Remember to post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please send us an email to vitamin@ziggurat.es. Have a great day!