Posted by: Idioma Extra | August 31, 2010

Tuesday’s News

3,000 volunteers to help clean up

Some 3,000 volunteers will clean up 50 locations during September as part of a national campaign run by the Asociación Terra Nostra with support from the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo and private companies.

The campaign is designed to raise consciousness among Costa Ricans about cleanups and conservation. Volunteers will be working along many of the rivers, in San Carlos, in Guanacaste, in Heredia, the Osa Peninsula and in Manuel Antonio.

This is the second such national cleanup event. The first was last September with about 2,500 volunteers who picked up nearly 26,000 kilos of trash, some 57,200 pounds.

Word of the Day


1 a: the quality or state of being aware especially of something within one self b: the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact c : awarenessespecially : concern for some social or political cause
2: the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought: mind
3: the totality of conscious states of an individual
4: the normal state of conscious life <regained consciousness>
5: the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes

More Vocabulary

Campaign: n. a series of coordinated activities, such as public speaking and demonstrating, designed to achieve a social, political, or commercial goal
Conservation: n. a. protection, preservation, and careful management of natural resources and of the environment
Event: n. a social occasion or activity
Trash: n.
anything worthless, useless, or discarded; rubbish

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Clean up: to wash or tidy up

  • The Executive Director will be coming to the offices to visit, please clean up your personal work space and any areas that you see that are untidy. Thank you.

Pick up: to put in good order; tidy

  • Juan, please do not forget to pick up the toner you dropped. It is making a mess around the copies and looks awful.

Presentation Phrases
Below are some common phrases used when presenting graphs and charts in English. To learn more, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 500 Emailing and Business Communication Course!

Describing pars of a graph

The horizontal axis represents temperature.
The vertical axis shows sales in millions of dollars.

Describing the significance of the information

It’s clear that demand is increasing.
The graph clearly shows that the new machine’s performance is better.
The information suggests that consumers are not satisfied.


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