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¿Conoces la Daily Vitamin? Resumen del año académico 2018/19

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¿Conoces la Daily Vitamin? Resumen del año académico 2018/19

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¿Conoces la Daily Vitamin? Es una breve lección de inglés gratis que enviamos por email de lunes a viernes. Esta lección refleja la filosofía de Ziggurat de tener un pequeño contacto diario con el idioma para aprender y mantenerlo de por vida. Es mejor dedicar unos minutos cada día que esperar a tener una o dos horas un solo día a la semana.

Aquí te dejamos un listado con las Daily Vitamin publicadas este año académico 2018-2019.

SEPTIEMBRE/SEPTEMBER

SPOT THE ERROR

Each day we are giving you a sentence in English and you must decide if the sentence is correct or not; if is it not correct, tell us what the mistake in the sentence is.

THE ADVERB EVEN
We are looking at different uses of the adverb EVEN.

BRITISH VS. AMERICAN ENGLISH
We are looking at some vocabulary differences between standard British and American English. It is common to have different words to describe the same thing in different dialects. One is not more or less correct, but it's best to use the word that corresponds to the dialect of the place that you are in, to avoid miscommunication. You know the saying, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do."

OCTUBRE/OCTOBER

PHRASAL VERBS FOR BUSINESS
We hope you can use these phrasal verbs at work, but you will also see that they can be used outside of the office.

BULATS READING, PART 1, SECTION 4
You do not have to be studying for the BULATS to benefit from this week's lessons: they are gap exercises that test your vocabulary.

VERB + PREPOSITION
Students so often say that they have issues with prepositions. We are focusing on Verb + Preposition Combinations.

OFTEN CONFUSED WORDS
We are concentrating on words that are often confused in English. We are presenting words that are very similar, which is why they are often confused. Sometimes the words sound the same; sometimes they are spelled similarly but are pronounced differently and have different meanings.

HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY
Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated in different ways in different countries.

NOVIEMBRE/NOVEMBER

SPOT THE ERROR
The first week of November, we brought back the Spot-the-Error theme. Do you know what is wrong with the sentences below?

PHRASAL VERBS vs. FORMAL VOCAB
English often has a phrasal verb that is the less-formal equivalent of a formal word or phrase. We looked at these pairs.


IDIOMS FOR BEING THANKFUL
Thanksgiving is a time when people reflect on what they have and what they are thankful for. To celebrate, we looked at idioms and expressions for being thankful.


CAMBRIDGE READING AND USE OF ENGLISH PART 4
You don't have to be studying for a Cambridge exam to learn something or to participate! Part 4 of Reading and Use of English is a fun grammar and vocabulary challenge. Here's how it works:

  1. You have two sentences. One sentence is complete. The other is missing words.
  2. You must complete the second sentence so that its meaning is the same as the first sentence.

For the First Certificate Exam, you can use 2-5 words. For the Certificate of Advanced English, they allow 3-6 words.

DICIEMBRE/DECEMBER

HOLIDAY SONGS
At the beginning of the month, we decided to get into the holiday spirit, so the first week's theme was Famous Holiday Songs. We were looking at the vocabulary from different holiday songs.

 

BAD CHRISTMAS JOKES
That was the second week of holiday-related posts, and we were celebrating the season with a week of Holiday Jokes. One of the more difficult things to do in your second language is tell and understand jokes (no matter how good or bad they are).

 

WORD OF THE YEAR
We were looking at the Word of the Year for the past five years. Each year, Oxford Dictionaries announces the Word of the Year. This is a word or expression that (according to Oxford Dictionaries) "has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months." The word reflects the events or the emotions of the year.

We thought it would be fun to look at previous winners.

ENERO/JANUARY

WORD OF THE YEAR

The last Daily Vitamin post of 2018 was the Oxford Dictionary 2017 Word of the Year, which was YOUTHQUAKE. We began 2019's lessons by looking at the 2018 Word of the Year, which Oxford announced in December. The 2018 Word of the Year was TOXIC.


NEW ENGLISH WORDS

This first week of January we also did lessons about New English Words. These are words that have recently been added to the English dictionary.


GERUND OR INFINITIVE

In the lessons about Gerund vs. Infinitive we gave you a sentence and asked you to complete it with either a gerund (a verb ending in -ING) or an infinitive (an infinitive verb with TO).


CAMBRIDGE FCE READING AND USE OF ENGLISH, PART 2 (I)

In the Cambridge FCE Reading and Use of English, Part 2 lessons, we gave you a sentence with a blank and asked you to complete it with ONE word.


COMPOUND ADJECTIVES

And finally, we looked at Compound Adjectives. These are a combination of two words that create an adjective. We often use a hyphen between the two words to combine them into one phrase.

FEBRERO/FEBRUARY

COMPOUND ADJECTIVES

At the end of January, we looked at Compound Adjectives, and one lesson was included in February. Compound Adjectives are a combination of two words that create an adjective. We often use a hyphen between the two words to combine them into one phrase.

 

SPOT THE ERROR, CONDITIONALS

During the week of February 4th to February 8th our theme is Spot the Error. We focused on errors related to Conditionals.

 

PHRASAL VERBS ROMANCE

During the week of February 11th to the 15th, we celebrated Valentine's Day by looking at Phrasal Verbs related to romance.

 

BULATS READING, PART 1, SECTION 2 

For the week of February 18th to February 22nd we focused on BULATS Reading from Part 1, Section 2. These are basically multiple-choice questions where you select a word or phrase to complete a sentence.

 

PORTMANTEAUS

And finally, during the last week of February we have been looking at Portmanteaus. A portmanteau is a word that is a combination of two other words.

One Portmanteu will be included in March (Smog).

MARZO/MARCH

PORTMANTEAUS SMOG

At the end of February, we looked at Portmanteaus, and one lesson was included in March. A portmanteau is a word that is a combination of two other words.

 

IDIOMS THROUGH SONGS

During the week of March 4th to March 8th our theme was Idioms Through Songs.

 

MILLENNIAL SLANG

During the week of March 11th to March 15th we looked at Millennial Slang. These are words that many native English speakers from the millennial generation use. Most originated in the United States, but because of the internet, many of these slang words are now used throughout the world.

 

EXPRESSIONS WITH SPRING

For the week of March 18th to March 22th we celebrated the change of seasons and we look at Expressions with the word "Spring" in them.

 

DRIVING VOCABULARY

And finally, during the week of March 25th to March 29th we studied Vocabulary related to Driving.

ABRIL/APRIL

FOOL EXPRESSIONS (APRIL FOOL'S DAY)

Our theme for this week was Fool Expressions, and we began with APRIL FOOL'S

 

EGG EXPRESSIONS

During the week of April 8th to April 12th, with Easter around the corner, we wanted to teach some Egg expressions.

 

MISSING WORD

During the week of April 23th to April 26th we looked at Missing Words. That week we prepared four Missing-Word lessons for you that needed your participation.

 

HOMONYMS

This week the theme is Homonyms. Homonyms are words that have the same spelling or pronunciation but have different meanings.

Most of the words present this week should be familiar. However, you might not know some of the second definitions that we give for the words' other (less-common) meanings.

MAYO/MAY

HOMONYMS

We began the month by finishing our short series of Daily Vitamin lessons about homonyms.

 

PHRASAL VERBS FOR RELAXING

During the week of May 6th to May 10th, we looked at Phrasal Verbs for Relaxing. All of these verbs are quite colloquial and informal, but fun. See if you can work them into your daily vocabulary.

CAMBRIDGE FCE READING AND USE OF ENGLISH

During the week of May 13th to May 17th, we challenged you to complete some activities from the Cambridge FCE’s Reading and Use of English, Part 3. You don't have to be preparing for the First Certificate to take advantage of these lessons.

 

EXPRESSIONS WITH ‘MAY’

On Wednesday of the week of May 20th to May 24th, we began the 2019 Alphabet Game competition. On Monday and Tuesday we looked at two expressions with the modal verb May, and for the last three days of the week we began the Alphabet Game (letters A, B and C).

 

ALPHABET GAME

And finally, during the week of May 27th to May 31st we continued with our Alphabet Game competition. If you haven’t participated yet, it’s not too late to start. You can win some cool prizes, while learning vocabulary: https://www.ziggurat.es/leccion_ingles/3427.

JUNIO/JUNE

ALPHABET GAME

During the week of June 3rd to June 7th we continued with our Alphabet Game; we looked at the letter I through the letter M.

 

ALPHABET GAME

During the week of June 10th to June 14th, we also continued with our Alphabet Game; we started the week with the letter N and finished with the letter Q. There was no Daily Vitamin on Monday due to a holiday in Barcelona, so there were only four lessons.

 

ALPHABET GAME

During the week of June 17th to June 21th, we continued with the 2019 Alphabet Game; we started the week with the letter R and finished with the letter V.

 

ALPHABET GAME

And finally, during the week of June 24th to June 28st we finished our 2019 Alphabet Game. Due to another Barcelona holiday, there was no lesson on Monday, so we only had four lessons. We started the week with the letter W and finished with, of course, the letter Z. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Alphabet Game. We will announce the winners on Monday, July 1st.

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