Saturday the 20th of July, 2019
Català | 
English | 
Ziggurat Escuela Corporativa de Idiomas

El vostre aprenentatge, el nostre èxit

Innovative English Training

Ziggurat RSS
Wednesday the 27th of March, 2013
Rating (0 votes)

QUICK LIKE A BUNNY

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning! Today is our last Daily Vitamin until Tuesday, April 2.

Yesterday we explained an expression with an Easter word (egg). Today we look at one with the word bunny in it (from Easter Bunny).

Today's expression is: quick like a bunny (informal)

It means: very fast

Example 1:
Please run to the shops quick like a bunny to get some milk before the guests arrive for coffee.

Example 2:
Vicky finished her dinner quick like a bunny because she wanted some chocolate cake for dessert.

Have a great day and an even better Easter holiday!


Tuesday the 26th of March, 2013
Rating (0 votes)

TO PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning!

Yesterday we explained some typical Easter symbols. Today we are going to explain an expression with the word egg in it.

Today's expression is: to put all (of) your eggs in one basket

It means: to make all of your resources dependent on one thing. Unfortunately, if the outcome (result) is bad, you will lose everything.

Example 1:
Phillip: I'm going to bet 500 dollars on the Kentucky horse.
Mark: Are you crazy? Why would you put all your eggs in one basket? Why don't you divide the money between two or three horses?
Phillip: No. I'm pretty sure that my chosen horse will win.

Example 2:
Sylvia put all her eggs in one basket when she decided to invest her inheritance money in the stock market. Unfortunately, she lost it all when the stock market crashed.

As you can see, people will usually recommend that you don't put all of your eggs in one basket in case the basket "drops" (figuratively speaking)!

Have a nice day!


Monday the 25th of March, 2013
Rating (0 votes)

EASTER SYMBOLS

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Some of you have begun your Easter holidays (Semana Santa). Others will have to wait until next Friday to begin their long Easter weekend.

Since many of you are on holiday, this will be a short week for the Daily Vitamin (Monday-Wednesday), which will be dedicated to Easter. Easter, as you probably know, is a Christian holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It includes Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. However, in many English-speaking countries it is celebrated with secular symbols and customs. Let's look at the two most popular symbols.

The Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny is a mythical rabbit that delivers chocolate eggs and sweets (candy) to children. He carries these treats in a basket. The rabbit is probably used as a symbol of spring.

Easter Eggs
Easter eggs, a pagan symbol of new life (also related to the spring season), are hard-boiled eggs that are painted in different colours and patterns. It's lots of fun to paint the eggs with children and if you use food-based dyes, you can eat them afterwards.

Nowadays, many
Easter eggs are made of chocolate. Easter egg hunts are very popular - adults hide small chocolate eggs in the garden or around the house, and the children have to look for the eggs.

There are other popular games with eggs, such as the Egg Roll, where you have to push an egg across an expanse of grass (a lawn). For more about egg rolling, you can visit this Wikipedia description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_rolling

Would you like to try a new Easter custom this year? Why not try decorating your own Easter Eggs? This website has some easy instructions.

http://www.safefood.eu/Healthy-Eating/Seasonal-features/Decorate-your-own-Easter-eggs.aspx

Have fun preparing for Easter!


Friday the 22nd of March, 2013
Rating (0 votes)

EVER COMPOUND WORDS (EWV)

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning.

Hoy acabamos nuestra serie de Daily Vitamins sobre EVER; veremos tres palabras compuestas muy comunes: WHENEVER, WHEREVER, WHATEVER.

Meaning of WHENEVER: at any time that; on any occasion that.
(Significado de WHENEVER: cuando sea; en cualquier momento, en cualquier ocasión.)

Example 1:
Sharon...you can ask me for help whenever you need it. Don't worry.
(Sharon...puedes pedirme ayuda cuando la necesites. No te preocupes.)

Meaning of WHEREVER: in any place.
(Significado de WHEREVER: en cualquier lugar.)

Example 2:
Welcome everyone. Please, sit wherever you want. The show starts in ten minutes.
(Bienvenidos a todos. Por favor, sientense donde quieran. El espectáculo comenzará en diez minutos.)

Meaning of WHATEVER: any or every; anything or everything.
(Significado de WHATEVER: caulquier o todo; cualquier cosa o todo.)

Example 3:
Jack. As CEO of this corporation, I give you the authority to take whatever action is needed to get us through the crisis! Just keep me informed, please.
(Jack. Como el CEO de esta corporación, te doy la autoridad de tomar cualquier acción que sea necesaria para que superemos esta crisis. Pero mantenme informado, por favor.)

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 great day and an excellent weekend!


Thursday the 21st of March, 2013
Rating (0 votes)

SPRING FEVER

LISTEN TO THE DAILY VITAMIN HERE:

Good morning!

"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want – oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" ~Mark Twain

Today's expression is: spring fever

It means
: feeling excited, restless (inquieta) or even lazy, at the beginning of spring, when the warm weather begins.

Example 1
:
I can't sit still! I must have spring fever! I think I will clean my entire house this weekend.

Example 2
:
What are we doing inside this office all day long? The sun is shining and I've got a case of spring fever! I'm going to go outside for a walk and then sit down in a sunny coffee-shop patio and have a cappuccino.

Do you have spring fever? If so, get out and enjoy the sunshine! Remember that tomorrow you can read our Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking English students.

Have a great day!