Talking about time is an ongoing fascination with the human race. We even talk about our bodies as clocks that are set and waiting to ring the alarm. Our biological clock regulates our sleep, appetite, body temperature, menstrual cycle, fertility and ageing. There are as many ways to talk about time internally as there are externally. We set our clocks, wind our watches, or program our cell phones, and suddenly we have time on our hands, which means we have more than enough time, or we can be time-poor which means we don’t have enough time to do the things we think are important. I’ve set out several idioms, adjectives, and verbs to help you to talk about time. I hope they will be useful at the office. You’ll have to figure out your body clock on your own. Good luck with managing that and let me know how you do it, if you're able to buy yourself more time.
Answer to the crossword puzzle:
1. unrealistic: not an accurate account of what's possible 2. upcoming: the next one 3. busy: moving fast with a lot to do, 5. initial: the first 7, latest: the most recent account 8. strict: not lenient, 11. flexible: able to be bent 12. detailed: added information,13. precise: accurate 15. fixed: not able to be moved
4. ambitious: to pursue higher positions 6. actual: factual, truth, 9 tight:having no leeway 10. official: sanctioned by some governing body 14, tentative:not set in stone
15.full: not empty
I hope you enjoyed this issue of Bauenglish and now have some time on your hands. :), Pictures from Dumpaday, and the Creative Commons.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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