Posted by: Idioma Extra | June 29, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Romeria Will Not Be Suspended This Year, Salud Minister Says

It’s almost that time of year, the annual tradition of the “Romeria”, the pligrimage to Cartago to honour the Virgen de los Angeles or La Negrita as she is commonly known.

The ministra de Salud, María Luisa Ávila, assures that this year the Romeria will not be called off as it was last year when the AH1N1 virus was in full blast.
Despite the 14 deaths recorded so far this year, Ávila assures that the Romeria will go on August 2 as has been.

The minister explained that last year the virus was everywhere and the Romeria, that brings people from every corner of Costa Rica, as well as from outside, had to be cancelled to stop the spreading of the virus.

This year the conditions are different.

“It would be a risk, but not a reason to suspend it”, said Ávila.

Ávila called on those who are sick or show symptoms of the virus should not attend the Romeria.

The last person to fall victim to the AH1N1 is a 5 year old boy. To date this year 376 cases of the AH1N1 have been confirmed and although cases have been recorded in five of the seven provinces the area of Los Chiles, in the province of Alajuela, in the northern zone, is the area most at risk.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: tra·di·tion
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle Frenchtradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition — more attreason
Date: 14th century
1 a : an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) b : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable
2 : the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
3 : cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions
4 : characteristic manner, method, or style <in the best liberal tradition>
— tra·di·tion·al \-ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdi-shə-nəl\ adjective
— tra·di·tion·al·ly adverb
— tra·di·tion·less \-ˈdi-shən-ləs\ adjective

More Vocabulary

Honour: v. to hold in honor or high respect; revere
Outside: prep. beyond the confines or borders of
Recorded: v. to set down in writing or the like, as for the purpose of preserving evidence
Spreading: v. to  become shed abroad, diffused, or disseminated, as light, influences, rumors, ideas, information, infection, etc
Suspend (to):v. to cause to stop temporarily

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Call on: formally invite or request
I now call upon the President to address the assembly.

Call off: cancel
The meeting was called off because of the strike.

Emailing Phrases

Below are some common transition words used when writing professional business emails in english. To learn more, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 450 Emailing and Business Communication Course!

Numerical order
In the (first, second, etc.) place…
To begin with..



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