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Friday the 21st of December, 2012
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LAST EXPRESSIONS-4 (EWV)

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Hello again Everyone.

Acabamos el repaso de expresiones con LAST. Hoy será la última Essential Weekly Vitamin del 2012. Volveremos el 7 de enero de 2013 con la primera Daily Vitamin.

Today's expression is
: every last...
(La expresión de hoy es: every last...)

Meaning: every person or thing in a group.
(Significado: cada una o todas las personas o cosas de un grupo)

Example 1:
They spent every last euro of the marketing budget on that worthless television commercial. Now they have nothing left for the spring campaign.
(Gastaron hasta el último euro del presupuesto para ese anuncio sin ningún valor. Ahora no les queda nada para la campaña de primavera.)

Example 2:
He spoke with every last member of the department individually, one by one. This time there is no excuse. All of them have been informed of the changes.
(Habló individualmente con todos y cada uno de los miembros del departamento. Esta vez no hay excusas. Todos ellos han sido informados sobre los cambios.)

Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el contenido de la Essential Weekly Vitamin de hoy, por favor escribe un comentario en la sección de la Daily Vitamin, clicando en el botón "Add a Comment".

Have a good day, a great weekend and an excellent holiday! We'll be back on January 7th.


Thursday the 20th of December, 2012
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CHRISTMAS CAROLS (4)

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Good morning!

Our last Christmas carol is a children's classic in North America and English-speaking countries in general. If you have (or know!) children, you might like to share this song with them. It's about the story of a snowman who comes to life because of a magic hat. Every December, kids around the US and Canada, for example, watch a Frosty the Snowman animated film and sing the song.

Frosty the Snowman
(sung by Jimmy Durante)

You can click on this link to watch the video on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pu-bVrndgY

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
Know how he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.
Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me.

Frosty the snowman knew
The sun was hot that day,
So he said, "Let's run and
We'll have some fun
Now before I melt away."
Down to the village,
With a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all
Around the square saying,
Catch me if you can.
He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler "Stop!"

Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
For Frosty the snow man
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
"Don't you cry,
I'll be back again some day."

Remember that tomorrow we send the last Daily Vitamin of 2012. Actually, tomorrow we send the Essential Weekly Vitamin, which is a special Daily Vitamin that we send in Spanish, for Spanish-speaking English students.

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday the 19th of December, 2012
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CHRISTMAS CAROLS (3)

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Good morning!

For many people, Christmas is a time of sharing and giving, especially to others who do not have as much. We contribute toys and food items to food banks. One of the biggest charity actions occurred in 1984 when a group of well-known pop stars, known as Band-Aid, came together to record a Christmas song to raise money for Africa. It became a major hit. Have a look at the video. Who do you recognize, if anyone?

Do They Know It's Christmas (Band-Aid)

Click on the link below to play the video on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EJWEXrykdQ

It's Christmastime; there's no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime
But say a prayer to pray for the other ones
At Christmastime

It's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you
And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime

The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Oh, where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

Here's to you, raise a glass for ev'ryone
Here's to them, underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

Feed the world
Feed the world

Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmastime again
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmastime again

Have a peaceful day!


Tuesday the 18th of December, 2012
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CHRISTMAS CAROLS (2)

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Good morning!

Our second Christmas carol is a classic, from 1942! It's about wishing for a snowy, white Christmas. You can read the lyrics and sing along with Bing Crosby, too.

White Christmas (sung by Bing Crosby)

You can watch a video of this song on YouTube by clicking on this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yg5g_Xl-uU


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all
Your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases
May all your Christmases
May all your Christmases
May all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white
Christmas with you
Jingle Bells
All the way, all the way

Have a wonderful day!


Monday the 17th of December, 2012
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CHRISTMAS CAROLS (1)

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Good morning!

This is the last week before Christmas holidays so we're going to celebrate in the Daily Vitamin by posting some Christmas carols to help get you in a holiday frame of mind! You can read the lyrics of each carol below. Let's start with a fun, modern Christmas song.

All I want for Christmas (sung by Mariah Carey)

You can watch the video on YouTube by clicking on this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There's just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true...
All I want for christmas
Is you...

I don't want a lot for christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don't need to hang my stockings
There upon the fireplace
Santa Clause won't make me happy
With a toy on christmas day
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you...
You baby

I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow
I'm just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won't make a list and send it
To the north pole for Saint nick
I won't even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeer click
'Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do
Baby all I want for christmas is you
You...

All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of childrens
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me the one I really need
Won't you please bring my baby to me...

Oh I don't want a lot for christmas
This is all I'm asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is You
What more can I do
Baby all I want for Christmas is you
Ooh baby
All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children's
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me the one I really need
Won't you please bring my baby to me...

Oh I don't want a lot for Christmas
This is all I'm asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is... You

Have a happy day!