Hello, this is Mark, in Akita, and you’re listening to the Everyday Language Podcast for English Learners. Today’s episode is about time. It’s just 2 or 3 minutes long in total, and you can learn some expressions and phrases that are often used when talking about time. So let’s get into it right away.
Time is a funny thing, isn’t it?
When you are young, you feel you have all the time in the world. But when you are older time seems to move so fast. These days, a week can go by in a flash, as if it were just one day.
Some people are night owls, but without a doubt, I’m a morning person. My brain just seems to work better after getting up. At night, I can’t concentrate or think very hard. I get distracted easily and soon feel sleepy. As time goes by, people tend to reminisce and become nostalgic. I don’t want to live in the past, but I don’t want to forget it either.
Keeping up with the times is difficult. I remember a senior colleague at work saying, he didn’t want to turn into a dinosaur. By that he meant, he didn’t want to be left behind, and out of touch, with the new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking.
Vocabulary and phrases
All the time in the world – a large amount of time available (to do something)
In a flash – very quickly
Night owl – a person who enjoys being awake and active at night
Morning person – a person who is awake and energetic in the morning
As time goes by – as time passes
Keeping up with the times – to be knowledgeable about current ways of thinking and new ideas
Out of touch – to be uninformed and not having the same ideas as most people currently have about something.
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