Session 4

Vocabulary: 9 uses of 'time'

In the first episode of our brand new vocabulary video series, Mariam brings us the story of Treasure Island - and you learn 9 different ways to use the word 'time'.

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Activity 1

Treasure Island part one - 6 uses of 'time'

Words, words, words...
You know how it feels when you think you know all about an English word - and then you discover that it has a whole load of meanings that you didn't know about? And that people use it in phrases that completely change its meaning? Well don't worry - we're here to help!

X Uses of... is a brand new series that brings you multiple uses of familiar words through the medium of stories new and old, classic and modern. So sit back, relax and improve your English with the first story in the series.

To do

Our first story brings you nine uses of the word time. It's in two parts. As you watch the story, listen out for six of them - and decide whether this summary of the story is correct or wrong:

  • Jim finds a treasure map, which he sells to pirates, who promise to pay him - once they've found the treasure. 

Watch the video and complete the activity

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Hello, my name's Mariam and I've got an exciting story about pirates, treasure and murder, set on a tropical island far out at sea.

The story begins a long time ago, in London, where a skinny-looking young boy called Jim Hawkins lives. He finds a dusty old sea chest hidden in the cellar of his house. Using all his strength, he manages to lift open the heavy lid. He peers inside and finds a rolled-up piece of tattered old paper. In no time he's unrolling the piece of paper, revealing a map showing an island with a cross on it. "Surely this must mean there's treasure buried there?" he says to himself.

Knowing that it will only be a matter of time before someone else finds the treasure, he rushes off to find a ship that will take him across the sea to this distant island. The journey is long and at times the sea is rough and stormy. As time goes by, Jim realises the crew are not the honest and helpful bunch of men he believed them to be – they're pirates! As they can't be trusted, he doesn't tell them about the treasure map – but the crew are suspicious.

At one time or another, an old pirate captain had hidden a horde of treasure on a secret island, and the pirates know this is where Jim is heading. One night he overhears them hatching a plan...

"This must be the island where Captain Flint left all that gold and silver" says one of them.

"We'll let Jim lead us to the treasure and then kill him" says another.

We'll leave the story there for now. Join me again soon to find out what happens when Jim reaches the island. Bye for now.

To do

How was that? The summary was wrong - Jim didn't sell the map to anyone! He set off to find the treasure himself.

Now, have a go at our quiz to check you know the first six uses of time.

Time for a game

5 Questions

Let's check your understanding of the story - and the words and phrases with time. Decide whether each statement about the story is true or false. Look at the vocabulary box if you need help.

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It's time to find out what happens next - and to learn some more uses of time! See you on the next page.

Session Vocabulary

  • a long time (A2)
    a lot of time

    in no time (C1)
    very quickly; soon

    only a matter of time (C1)
    it will definitely happen

    at times (C1)
    occasionally; sometimes

    as time goes by (C1)
    as time passes

    at one time or another (C2)
    at an unspecified (usually past) time


    A1 = Beginner
    A2 = Elementary
    B1 = Lower Intermediate
    B2 = Higher Intermediate
    C1 = Towards Advanced
    C2 = Advanced