Posted by: Idioma Extra | September 14, 2010

Tuesday´s News

Hilary Clinton’s Message For Costa Rica’s Independence Day


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Costa Rica on the 189th anniversary of your independence this September 15.

Costa Rica has long been a champion of the values and interests we share throughout our hemisphere – democracy, human rights, open markets, and regional unity and stability. Your strong democratic traditions have set a shining example for over 100 years.

During my visit last March, I was honoured to meet with Costa Rica’s first female president-elect and discuss avenues for further cooperation and partnership between our nations. As the host of this year’s Pathways to Prosperity Ministerial, Costa Rica provided valuable leadership in our common mission to expand economic opportunities to more people throughout the Americas.

Today, we honour your country’s many accomplishments, and we reaffirm our commitment to further deepening the ties of friendship and cooperation between Costa Rica and the United States.

We look forward to continuing our work together on public safety, economic inclusion, environmental protection, clean energy development, and many other initiatives as we strive to build a more secure and prosperous future for us all.

I wish all Costa Ricans a joyous Independence Day. In the words of Jose Maria Zeledon Brenes: “Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State

Word of the Day

Pronunciation: \ˌa-nə-ˈvərs-rē, -ˈvər-sə-\
Part of speech:  noun
Middle English anniversarie, from Medieval Latinanniversarium, from Latin, neuter of anniversarius returning annually, from annus year + versus, past participle ofvertere to turn — more at annualworth
First Known Use: 13th century
1: the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event; broadly: a date that follows such an event by a specified period of time measured in units other than years <the 6-month anniversary of the accident>
2: the celebration of an anniversary

More Vocabulary

Champion: n. a militant advocate or defender
Honour: British spelling, v.
to regard or treat with honor or respect
Ministerial: adj.
being or having the characteristics of an act or duty prescribed by law as part of the duties of an administrative office
Prosperous: adj.
enjoying vigorous and healthy growth
Avenue: n.
a channel for pursuing a desired object

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Look forward to: wait for or anticipate something pleasant

  • I’m looking forward to Friday’s meeting on policy revision; there are much needed improvements that we have to go over.

Below are some common phrases used when speaking on the phone in English. To learn more, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 550 Telephoning and Business Communication Course!

Taking a call and offering help:

ABD Incorporated, (Cristina) speaking. How may I help you?


Yes, this is …….
Who’s calling, please?


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