Follow Me! was a series of television programmes produced by the BBC in the late 1970s to provide a crash course in the English language. It became popular in many overseas countries as a first introduction to English; in 1983, one hundred million people watched the show in China alone. It was, and maybe still is, the most successful English course ever.
(NOTE: Explanations are later given in Portuguese)
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TRY TO UNDERSTAND THESE CONVERSATIONS
UNIT 6 WHAT'S THE TIME?
1. It is ten o'clock
Francis: Can you help me?
Policeman: Yes, sir.
Francis: What's the time?
Policeman: It's ten o'clock.
Policeman: Yes, it's ten o'clock.
21 (twenty-one) 22 (twenty-two) 23 (twenty-three) 24 (twenty-four)
25 (twenty-five) 26 (twenty-six) 27 (twenty-seven) 28 (twenty-eight)
29 (twenty-nine) 30 (thirty) 20 (twenty) 30 (thirty) 40 (forty)
50 (fifty) 60 (sixty) 70 (seventy) 80 (eighty) 90 (ninty) 100 (a hundred)
2. We close at five thirty
Woman: Are you open?
Shop Assistant: No, we are closed. Sorry, we close at 5:30 (five thirty) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. And we close at 12:30 (twelve thirty) on Wednesday and Saturday. And we close on Sunday. We open at 9:50 (nine fifty) every day.
3. When do the trains leave?
Man: En. When do the train leave for London today?
Francis: Train for London, sir. They leave at ten minutes past every hour and twenty minutes to every hour.
Man: Ten past and twenty to.
Girl: And when do they arrive in London?
Francis: They arrive in London at five minutes to every hour and twenty-five minutes past every hour. Look. This train will leave at 10:10 (ten ten), and it will arrive in London at 10:55 (ten fifty-five).
Man: Leave here 10:10, arrive in London 10:55.
Francis: And the next one will leave 10:40 (ten forty).
Man: When do the trains leave?
Francis: They leave at 8:10 (eight ten), 8:40 (eight forty), 9:10 (nine ten), 9:40 (nine forty), 10:10 (ten ten), and the next train will leave at 10:40 (ten forty).
Man: I see. Can we take the ten past ten train?
Francis: I am sorry sir. You cannot take that one.
Man: Oh, it's 10:15 (ten fifteen).
Francis: Yes. It's...Uh...ten....uh...fifteen.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Policeman: When do the staff arrive, Mr. Bird?
Birds: At 8:30 (half past eight) every morning.
Policeman: And when do the doors open?
Birds: At (:00 (nine o'clock).
Policeman: every day?
Birds: Yes. Every day except Sunday.
Policeman: And when do the staff leave, mr Bird?
Birds: At 6:00 (six o'clock).
Policeman: Every day?
Birds: Yes. At 6:0 (six o'clock) on week days and 1:00 (one o'clock) on Saturdays.
A: Can you tell me the time of trains to Oxford?
B: Oxford trains at five minutes to the hour every hour. You can get train from station leaves five to four arrives in Oxford 4:55 (four fifty-five). And the train leaves Oxford 10:55 arriving London station 11:55 (eleven fifty-five).