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Tuesday the 31st of May, 2011
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LIKE-5

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Good morning again.

Today we continue with our study of expressions with the English word like.

Today's like expression is: How would you like it...?

Meaning: used to emphasize that something bad has happened to you and you want some sympathy.

Example 1:
Julie: I think you are making quite a fuss about all of this.
Erik: Quite a fuss? How would you like it if someone called you a liar.

Example 2:
How would you like it if the only thing you did all day was try to find enough food to live on? Well, that's what happens to the majority of the people on this planet.

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I hope you have a good day.


Monday the 30th of May, 2011
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LIKE-4

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Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

In January of 2010, we did a few Daily Vitamins about the uses of the English word like. This week we are going to continue that series, which is why the title of today's Daily Vitamin is "Like-4" and not "Like-1". This week we will look at 3 or 4 different expressions with the word like, which are quite common.

Today's like expression is: more like it (informal)

Meaning 1: better; more satisfactory

Example 1:
Now that's more like it. This food is good, not like the food they served on the airplane.

Meaning 2: used to give what you think is a better description of something.

Example 2:
Jack: What are you guys talking about?
Aaron: Arguing about, more like it.

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Enjoy the rest of your day.


Friday the 27th of May, 2011
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TO MIND-1

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Good morning. I hope you had a good week.

Durante las próximas semanas, vamos a estudiar el verbo to mind

Mind también es un sustantivo y se usa en muchas frases hechas. Por ejemplo, en la  Vitamin del 25 de junio de 2009 vimos la expresión to make up your mind (tomar una decisión).

Today's meaning of mind as a verb is: to indicate that you DO NOT feel annoyed, upset or bothered by something.
(El significado de hoy del verbo mind es: indicar que no te sientes molesto por algo.)

Cuando usamos el verbo to mind con este significado, normalmente es en la forma negativa o interrogativa. To mind también puede significar que estás contento/satisfecho con cualquier de las opciones que alguien te está ofreciendo.

Fíjate que después del verbo mind usamos un sustantivo o un gerundio (-ing).

Example 1:
I don't mind doing the shopping for you this afternoon if you're busy. (= It's not a problem for me.)
(No me importa hacer las compras esta tarde si estás ocupado. (= no es un problema para mí.))

Example 2:
Catherine doesn't mind the high temperatures in summer, but she hates the humidity. (= The heat doesn't bother her, but the humidity does.)
(A Catherine no le molestan las altas temperaturas de verano, pero odia la humedad. (= El calor no le molesta, pero la humedad sí.))

Example 3:
Speaker A: Where shall we go out to eat? To an Italian restaurant or a Chinese one?
(¿A dónde vamos a comer? ¿A un italiano o un chino?)
Speaker B: I don't mind. (= I am happy with either option.)
(Me da igual. ( = Estaría contento con cualquier opción.))

Si dices que "you wouldn't mind something, significa que te gustaría tenerlo/recibirlo.

Example 4:

I wouldn't mind going out for Chinese food tonight. (= I would like to go out for Chinese food.)
(No me importaría salir a comer a un chino esta noche. (= Me gustaría ir a un restaurante chino.))

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I hope you have a nice day and a great weekend!


Thursday the 26th of May, 2011
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RUSH-4

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Good morning again everyone.

Today we finish our series of Daily Vitamins about the English word RUSH by looking at a couple of expressions.

Today's 1st Expression is: to rush someone into something or into doing something

Meaning: to do something or to make someone do something without thinking about it carefully.

Example 1:
I think it's best if young couples don't rush into having children.

Example 2:
Please don't rush me...I need time to think about it before making a decision.

Today's 2nd Expression is: to rush something through (something)

Meaning: to deal with official business very quickly by making the usual process shorter than usual.

Example 3:
Parliament tried to rush the new budget quickly through the approval process before midnight.

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Remember that tomorrow we will send the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Have a great day!


Wednesday the 25th of May, 2011
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RUSH-3

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Good morning again everyone.

Today we will look at a couple of meanings of RUSH as a noun.

Meaning 1 of RUSH as a noun: a busy situation.

Example 1:
I always get stressed out in December during the Christmas rush.

Example 2:
It is horrible driving in a big city during the evening rush.

Meaning 2 of RUSH as a noun: a strong feeling of emotion.

Example 3:
He got a sudden rush of excitement when he sold his business for 4.5 million Euros.

Tomorrow we will finish this short series by looking at a couple of expressions with RUSH.

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Have a great day!