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Telling the Time

Telling the Time

Watch Dev from India and Ana from Brazil in Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry. The players are trying to find their way to a show inside the museum. They need to ask about the times of the show and where the theatre is. Will they find the theatre? Will they get to the show on time?

After you have watched the video, click on the learn tab below, where there are some activities to complete. Finally, there's a quiz to check what you remember!

Ana asking for help at the science museum.

Asking and understanding the time

The following activities will help you learn some tricky phrases to tell the time. 

Activity 1: In this activity, read the statements and decide if they are true or false.
How much did you understand?
 
Activity 2: In this activity, look at the different times and choose the correct phrase.
Match the time with the correct phrase.
 
Activity 3: In this activity, see if you can remember the phrases about time, and write them in the correct place.
Write the correct time phrase.
 

Quiz

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Your turn

Ana won this episode, but both players got what they wanted.

Dev didn't do so well in this episode.

Have you ever been to a science museum? 

Are science museums more interesting than traditional museums and art galleries?

In the UK, arriving on time is important. Is it always important to be on time in your country?

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Taku
23/05/2017
JP
66
points

Yes I have.

I think it's more interesting.

Of course.so strict...

 


Taku
23/05/2017 15:17
Japan
Leicester City
66

Yes I have.

I think it's more interesting.

Of course.so strict...

 

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kwesimanifest
19/07/2016
GH
4725
points

No and the worst offenders are public officials
I personally hate to be late so I am most often some minutes early


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kwesimanifest
19/07/2016 14:06
Ghana
Manchester United
4725

No and the worst offenders are public officials
I personally hate to be late so I am most often some minutes early

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
19/07/2016
GH
4725
points

No and the worst offenders are public officials
I personally hate to be late so I am most often some minutes early


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kwesimanifest
19/07/2016 13:53
Ghana
Manchester United
4725

No and the worst offenders are public officials
I personally hate to be late so I am most often some minutes early

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
19/07/2016
GH
4725
points

I think the traditional museums and art galleries are more interesting than science museums because of the materials I find there.


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kwesimanifest
19/07/2016 13:45
Ghana
Manchester United
4725

I think the traditional museums and art galleries are more interesting than science museums because of the materials I find there.

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kwesimanifest
19/07/2016
GH
4725
points

Yes I have been to a science museum in ghana


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kwesimanifest
19/07/2016 13:41
Ghana
Manchester United
4725

Yes I have been to a science museum in ghana

joto
15/06/2016
AT
271
points

It's not difficult to me yet.


joto
15/06/2016 09:10
Austria
Stoke City
271

It's not difficult to me yet.

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assemjuve
31/03/2016
PS
3705
points

Yes they are as i think.


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assemjuve
31/03/2016 20:42
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Yes they are as i think.

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assemjuve
31/03/2016
PS
3705
points

No i have not.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
31/03/2016 20:42
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

No i have not.

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HakanUslu1881
28/02/2016
TR
1761
points

No,I have never been to a science museum.
Yes,they are.


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HakanUslu1881
28/02/2016 04:45
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No,I have never been to a science museum.
Yes,they are.

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ZoeyRedbird
18/02/2016
RU
369
points

The final goal is important so in my opinion the both players were good.


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ZoeyRedbird
18/02/2016 13:51
Russia
Manchester United
369

The final goal is important so in my opinion the both players were good.

nikosonris
20/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Learnt a new expression about time - It's just gone half...Thank you!


nikosonris
20/11/2015 14:35
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Learnt a new expression about time - It's just gone half...Thank you!

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MUGEMANYI
14/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Difficult but interesting episode


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MUGEMANYI
14/11/2015 15:17
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Difficult but interesting episode

mkoriev
11/11/2015
UZ
813
points

Very useful and interesting. I will use it with my students to talk aout entertainment.


mkoriev
11/11/2015 17:16
Uzbekistan
Manchester City
813

Very useful and interesting. I will use it with my students to talk aout entertainment.

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aragorn1986
31/10/2015
ME
3557
points

Well, this one was not very easy to understand.


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aragorn1986
31/10/2015 21:46
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Well, this one was not very easy to understand.

Ságàr
03/10/2015
NP
13
points

did well..


Ságàr
03/10/2015 14:41
Nepal
Manchester United
13

did well..

Abdallah
22/09/2015
KW
1813
points

No , I've been in madam tissot museum.


Abdallah
22/09/2015 08:43
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

No , I've been in madam tissot museum.

frantoix
26/12/2014
ES
0
points

I like the two new ways I have learnt about telling the time: "just gone" and "coming up to".


frantoix
26/12/2014 19:08
Spain
Swansea City
0

I like the two new ways I have learnt about telling the time: "just gone" and "coming up to".

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MUGEMANYI
26/11/2015
RW
2320
points

More interesting, can someone use them again?


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MUGEMANYI
26/11/2015 16:29
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

More interesting, can someone use them again?

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EngFilipe
28/10/2014
BR
0
points

It's so difficult to me yet.


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EngFilipe
28/10/2014 19:58
Brazil
Liverpool
0

It's so difficult to me yet.

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest4725
2assemjuve3705
3aragorn19863557
4Liubomyr3446
5haydi3189
6elghoul3126
7Alex_from_Ukraine2929
8Ahmed Adam Mamado2868
9Buchiy2478
10nikosonris2453
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia64622
2Ukraine27628
3Serbia26299
4Albania20437
5Macedonia19058
6Spain18431
7Bosnia and Herzegovina16217
8Armenia13609
9Kosovo13125
10Bolivia12677
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United117506
2Liverpool73583
3Chelsea69634
4Arsenal66570
5Manchester City34729
6Leicester City10833
7Tottenham Hotspur7795
8Newcastle United6831
9West Ham United4548
10Watford4102

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Vocabulary

Difficult phrases about telling the time.

Listening

Following specific instructions.

 

Downloads

Glossary

an attendant

a person whose job it is to help people in a public place

a show

a theatre performance

to be on time

arrive at exactly the correct time

to have time

have time available to do something

to have a good time

something that you expereince in a good way

twenty past and twenty to the hour

every hour at 0:20 and 0:40

half (past) eleven

in informal English it's not necessary to say past

it's just gone (half past)

a liitle bit after

 

Tips

Asking and Understanding the time

It's easy to ask the time (What time is it?) and say the time (11:45 = eleven forty-five) or (about 12), but many people don't use the easy way to tell the time!

Many people will say 'it's just gone quarter to' or 'it's coming up to eight', so it's a good idea to learn different ways to say the same thing.

Extension

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