〜シンプル英語エクササイズ〜時間後: Telling the Time

Telling the Time

I think telling the time in English can be difficult.  Elementary  school students sometimes have difficulty telling the time.  I too had difficulty when I was a child.

I try to think of an analogue clock.  If you look at the picture above you can see that:

Past  = _ _:01 —> _ _:30
Minutes past the current “O’clock”

Examples:  

12:07 = Seven past twelve
13:08 = Eight past one
14:15 = A quarter past two

To = _ _:31 —> _ _:59
Minutes until the next “O’clock”

Examples:

14:47 = Thirteen to three
15:58 = Two to four
16:45 = A quarter to five

Digital Time

Some students read this as “ten hundred”.  We should treat digital time the same as analogue time and say “ten AM” or “ten o’clock“.  People in the military (the air force, army and navy) say “ten hundred”.

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シンプル英語エクササイズ Animal verbs


While humans move and gesture in their own unique way, the same holds true for animals.


This dog is leaping into the air to catch the frisbee. Can you picture a human moving like this? No? Me neither. 続きを読む

シンプル英語エクササイズ Countryside

Many people make the mistake of using the word countryside as an adjective. It’s actually a noun and is commonly used like this, “My grandfather lives in the countryside.” If you want to describe the type of place your grandfather lives in – with an adjective – you’ll probably want to say, “My grandfather lives in a very rural neighborhood.”


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〜シンプル英語エクササイズ〜時間後 : The lesson starts in 5 minutes!

The lesson starts in 5 minutes!

Many people make this mistake:  “The lesson starts after 20 minutes”
“In” is used with time remaining:  “The lesson starts in 20 minutes”
“After” is used with an event:  “The lesson starts after lunch”
Here are some examples:

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