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Vocabulary : Time and hour
WHAT TIME IS IT?
Instruments for measuring and indicating time are among the oldest human inventions
SUNDIAL the shadow shows the time. It was widely used in ancient times but it requires the
sun to shine and doesn't work during the night.
HOURGLASS the sand moves slowly from the top half to the bottom in exactly one hour.
Magellan used 18 hourglasses on each ship for his circumnavigation in 1522.
And it was the job of a ship's page to turn the hourglasses.
mecanichal CLOCKS there are a lot of varieties of them
it's twenty-eight minutes past four
it's almost half past four
the dial is the front part of the clock where the numbers and the hands are
hands : this clock has three hands, the little hand (hours), the big hand (minutes) and the second
Cuckoo clock a little wooden bird comes out every hour and imitates the call of the cuckoo.
it's a quarter to twelve
a famous striking clock Big Ben, it sounds the hours on a bell. It's twenty to seven
an alarm clock often makes an awful noise when it's time to wake up. It's seven o'clock
a pendulum clock needs to be stationary (because of the pendulum). It's a quarter past seven
a pocket watch it's twenty five to twelve
a platform clock at King's Cross station in London. Trains run according to the 24-hour clock
it's twenty five to one
it's almost five o'clock
this is a digital sundial, it uses light and shadow to 'write' the time in figures.
it's 3.25 pm (it can't be am because it doesn't work during the night)
clockwise ( opposite anticlockwise ) in the same direction in which the hands of a clock move
the clock is low (en retard) the clock is fast (en avance)
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