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Unit 15 What's the time, pleas

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Simplify your life

  Two years ago Shirley Michels of St. Louis found herself getting up earlier and earlier, and going to bed later and later, just to meet everyday demands. The wife, mother and ophthalmic technician met her responsibilities, but lacked time for things that mattered most.

  She and her husband, Vic, an attorney, began searching for way to simplify their lives. “We had to decide what was really important,” says Shirley. They knew they wanted more time to play with their three-year-old son, Ryan, to exercise and eat right, and to nurture friendships.

  So the couple chose to live more modestly, shopping with care for necessities and enjoying inexpensive pleasures such as reading, cooking and going to the park. Shirley quit her job and began working part time from home. She printed up business cards that read “At your service---buy yourself a little time,” and hired herself out for personal tasks such as shopping, paying bills, organizing parties, doing Internet research---- whatever clients needed.

  “I still work hard, but being able to control my hours makes all the difference,” she says. “I can carve out time to take my son to the zoo or get to know neighbours not only has been fun, but it’s also helped us further simplify: we all trade off baby-sitting. For our family less is definitely more!”

  According to trend watchers, the Michelses are for from alone in wanting to slow down and live a more satisfying life. A Gallup poll found that half all Americans claim they lack enough time to do what they want. Fifty-four percent of parents say they spend too little time with their children, and 47 percent of married couples complain that they lack time together.

  Where does the time go? For most people, work and commuting dominate the day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one out of five of us put in 49 or more hours a week on the job; one out of 12 logged 60 hours or more。

  Then there’s the rich smorgasbord of modern life ---- so much information to sift through, so many products beckoning. We’re wearing ourselves out trying to have it all。

  Simplifying means becoming aware of the ways, big and small, that we expend money, time and energy, and then taking steps to curb the waste,. Here, from the experts, are some suggestions for gaining control over life’s hassles in order to have time for pleasure.

Short the day Right

  Before she applied “the rule,” mornings were a trial for Baltimore teacher Claudia Bowe, mother of Alex, 11 and Clara, nine. “The lids, my husband and I had to leave every day at exactly 7:45.” Invariable, books would be missing, teacher’s notes remembered. My son isn’t a morning person, so he was dazed and at his worst when I needed him to be most efficient. By the time we were off, we were all in bad moods. We had to change our habits。

  Brown’s rule? Do everything possible the night before to prepare for the next day. For instance, get a coffee maker that can be timed to start brewing when you wake up. Decide what to wear, including belts and socks; check for spots, wrinkles, missing buttons. Children can set the table with bowls, spoons and cereal boxes--- everything but the milk

  Provide a list of items kids need for school the next morning --- homework, library books lunch money, permission slips ---and have them check them off before getting into bed every nightsuggests organizational expert Ann Gambrell。

  Set anything to be carried out into the world backpacks, dry cleaning --- in front of the door. Always put keys in the same place. Studies show that the average adult spends 16 hours a year searching for lost keys.

Declutter Your Home

  “Every possession you buy requires tending,” says Don Aslett. “Every chair, blouse, stationary bike, candlestick must be dusted, guarded, stored, repaired. Freeing yourself from unnecessary possessions frees up time.”

  To overcome the hoarder inside screaming: “I may need this, Smith College psychologist Randy 0. Frost advised talking back to yourself.” “I’ll never use this twisted umbrella. New ones cost only six dollars.” Or, “Yes, I may need this leftover wallpaper someday, but am I going to save everything I might need someday? If so, maybe I should rent a warehouse.”

  San Francisco cleaning expert Jeff Campbell, author of Clutter Control, advised clients drowning in debris----but who seem unable to part with so much as a stray screw ---- to start small. Do one drawer, one shelf, at a time. If it’s broken, fix it or toss it. If it doesn’t fit, alter it or give it away.

  Cultivating just one good habit can prevent clutter from accumulate: don’t put anything down “for now”. Don’t leave jackets on chairs or glasses in the sink “for now”. As mom said, “don’t put it down, put it away” to do otherwise means handing everything more than once.

Don’t Save Pennies and Waste Hours

  Most of us are taught to watch money, but not value time, say Andrea Van Steenhouse, autheo of A Woman’s Guide to Simpler Life. “As a result, we may not even think about how much irreplaceable time we waste to save a few pennies.” Is ti worth it to wander through a giant discount mart, searching for picture hangers, when the neightbourhood hardware store owner would point to them immediately? To wait for takeout at the restaurant when delivery is available for tip.

Encourage Your Kids to Help

  Stephanie Culp is a productivity consultant in Temecula, Calif, and author of You Can Find More Time For Yourself Every Day. Her golden rule for families: except for babies, no one is exempt from housework.

  Be prepared to reduce expectation at first --- a poorly made bed is a lot better than one left unmade. But if the bed making is particularly pathetic, it may be sabotage maneuver. Stick to your gun, says Culp. If you give in, your child, having savored the victory of upward delegation, may use the same tactic to get out of other chores.

  The payoff for all this simplifying? You’ll free up time to do what you love most, whether it’s playing with the kids, gardening or traveling. Nothing could be simple。

  If you do everything above well, you will find a lot of time.

English Knack:巧记基数词歌诀





thirteen, fifteen看仔细,





thirty, fifty更出奇。









  time”这个词一般只知道当时间讲,其实它有许多其它的用处。请看:我们常说的一句话:How time flies! 时间过得真快啊!光阴似箭。

beat time 打拍子

  1. He beat time with his foot.

  2. You beat time and I’ll play

behind the times 落后,跟不上时代

  1. The science books of 30 years ago, and behind the times now.

  2. I’m beginning to think that perhaps I was behind the times.

behind time 晚点,不及时

  1. The train is running behind time.

  2. Because of short of money, we are behind time in paying the rent.

do time 服刑,蹲监狱

  1. He is done time on several occasions, but it was usually for very small and unimportant crimes.

have an easy time of it 日子过的优哉游哉,过好日子

  1. He had an easy time of it when he was in the country.

  2. They had an easy time of it ever since his father died and left him the business.

sever one’s time 服役,服刑

  They severed their time for robbery.



    为统一时间标准,国际上决定划分时区。按经线把地球表面平分为二十四区,每一区跨十五度,叫做一个标准时区。以本初字午线为中线的那一区叫零时区。以东经十五度,二十度,三十度……一百六十五度为中线的时区分别叫做东一时区, 东二时区……东十一区。以西经十五度,三十度……一百六十五度为中线的时区分别叫做西一时区,西二时区……。以东经一百八十度(也就是西经一百八十度)为中线的时区叫做东十二时区,也就是西十二时区。





  4)本单元教学中涉及时差的概念。可利用地球仪引入其概念 (简介即可,不必过详),再利用卡片式教具钟,分别代表几个时区的时间。也可用多媒体辅助教学。可制作一个简单的软件,用不断转动的地球仪或不断移动的地图介入时区,时差的概念。将北京、伦敦,东京和悉尼四个地点在地图上标示出来,涉及到哪个地区的时间,哪个城市就闪烁,并在画面下方出现该地时间,四地区时间逐个出现即可形成对比。





  superfine—特级的,精制的 supermarket—超市 superport—超级港 superman—超人 superwoman—女超人 superhero—超级英雄  superstar—超级名星 superanimal—超级野兽随着时间的推移,大量的super—时尚新词会不断涌现。


Cock and Clock

It’s a cock,

Standing on a rock,

Wearing a sock,

And looking at a clock.






A Good Rule

Mind the clock,

And keep the rule.

Try to come,

In time to school.







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