Today we began with a review of two words used when talking about time – for and since. These two words are very commonly used and easily confused. So, what’s the difference and how do we use them? We use for to talk about a period of time – for example, They study English for two hours every day. We use since to talk about a specific point in time – for example, I have been studying English since 2006. You can use all verb tenses with for. But, we usually use the present perfect and past perfect tenses with since. Here’s a table with some explanation and examples of for and since. There is one exception when using for – we don’t use “for” with “all day” and “all the time”. For example – I was studying English all day. (do not say “for all day”).
Take another look at this review we did in class click here and you will also see some expressions with for and since.
Today’s Topic was “Split Second” – which is a very brief period of time, or an instant. Some other phrases we use in English to express a very short period of time are : in a jiffy ; in a sec ; in a flash ; and in no time. So, what can you do in a second?? We demonstrated, using a timer, that you can barely say Hello, in a second . But you can hug someone, kiss someone, blink your eyes, cough, sneeze, hiccup, smile, laugh, stand up, sit down….so, we can do something in a second.
A few years ago there was a film contest where people were asked to create a one second long moving picture of anything they considered beautiful. Here is film producer Win Wenders talking about the contest –
As you can imagine there were lots of people who submitted their one second films to the contest.Here is a 60 second film, with 60 one second films that were considered in the contest.
After we watched this we identified the different themes and subjects. And then we watched it again and discussed what we found as beautiful in these one second images. Most of us would like to have entered the contest, and you had some great ideas for images you would submit!! Wonderful creativity, everyone!
Words of the day
herculean (adjective) : very large, difficult, powerful, etc. After the hurricane, the people took on the herculean job of rebuilding their homes and their lives.
vain (adjective) : too proud of your own appearance, abilities and achievements : conceited Lots of people think Donald Trump is a very vain person, he can’t stop talking about how fabulous and great he is!
enrage (verb) : to make (someone) very angry It enrages me when people try to cheat me or take advantage of me.
Remember to relax and practice!
And don’t forget – Every Second Counts!