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Session 11

Have you ever wondered why sometimes time goes fast, while sometimes it goes slowly? Well Listen Here To find out!
कधीकधी वेळ अगदी चुटकीसरशी निघून जातो तर कधी कधी वेळ जाता जात नाही, असं का होतं? आजच्या भागात ऐका.  

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Activity 1

Why does time seem to pass at different speeds?

Why does the weekend seem to go so quickly, while the weekdays go so slowly?
विकेंड अगदी पटकन निघून जातो , बाकी आठवडा मात्र जाता जात नाही. असं का होतं? 

Before you listen (ऐकण्याआधी)

Consider the following questions:
• What activities seem to go fast for you?
• What activities seem to go slowly?

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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Hello ऐकलंत का? Listen Here! मध्ये तुमचं स्वागत. या मालिकेत आपण निरनिराळे विषय आणि त्या संदर्भातले शब्द जाणून घेतो. मी तेजाली.

And I’m James – welcome back!

आजचा विषय आहे वेळ. कधीकधी वेळ अगदी चटकन निघून जातो तर कधी कधी एक मिनिटही खूप मोठा वाटतो. असं का वाटतं? James, what makes time go very slow for you?

Well, when I’m taking a very long bus journey, time goes by so slowly. How about you?

That used to happen to me also, specially जेव्हा बोरिंग लेक्चर्स असायचे.

Yes! I’ve found that too – I wonder why certain activities make time move slowly?

पत्रकार जॉन मॅक्कॅर्थीं लेबननमध्ये तब्बल पाच वर्षे captivity म्हणजे बंदीवासात होते. ते आज त्यांचा अनुभव सांगतायत. त्यानंतर क्लॉडिया हॅमंड आपण वेळेबद्दल कसा विचार करतो याबद्दल सांगतील. ऐकूया.

John McCarthy was a British journalist taken hostage in Lebanon, in 1986. He was held for five years, which passed very slowly, yet, somehow, also flashed by.  

How strange! The presenter said that John McCarthy’s five years in prison ‘flashed by’! If something flashes by, it goes very quickly!
Flash by
म्हणजे वेळ चुटकीसरशी निघून जाणे. Five years in prison is very long time; it’s surprising that it flashed by!

Let’s listen to that sentence again. How does the presenter say ‘was’?

John McCarthy was a British journalisttaken hostage in Lebanon, in 1986. He was held for more than five years.

The speaker said ‘was’ a weak form of was. He said ‘was held’. Repeat after me.
was held

Let’s continue to listen. महिने फार पटापट निघून गेले यासाठी इथे कुठले शब्द वापरलेत?

John McCarthy
I was in solitary confinement underground for 2 or 3 months, so no daylight. Suddenly, one would wake up one day and think, another month gone, just like *click* that.

Just like *click* that'? What does he mean?

When something happens like *click* that, it happens very quickly or immediately.

तुम्ही तुमच्या बोटांनी चुटकी वाजवून इंग्रजीत, *click* झालं हे सांगू शकता, या चुटकीमुळे तुम्ही बोलत आहात ती गोष्ट चुटकीसरशी, म्हणजेच पटकन झाली हे तुम्हाला सांगता येईल. What verb does he use to say time moves slowly?
John McCarthy
It was extremely dull, and most of the time there was nothing going on, as indeed, often when one’s bored, time does seem to drag.

He said ‘time seems to drag’ – we can use the verb ‘drag’ when saying that time moves very slowly.

Time drags
म्हणजेच वेळ हळू हळू जातो किंवा वेळ जाता जात नाही. Well, we don’t want time to drag for our listeners James, so let’s continue!  कधी कधी वेळ हळूहळू जातो, तर कधी कधी वेळ पटकन संपतो. याबद्दल क्लॉडिया हॅमंड नक्की काय म्हणतायंत ते ऐकू या.

Claudia Hammond
We judge how much time has passed by how many new memories we can make within a certain time period. The more memories we’ve made that are new, the longer we assume that time was.

वेळ चाललाय हे सांगण्यासाठी आपण 'pass' हे क्रियापद वापरता.

Oh! I understand now! Our perception of time depends on how many new experiences we have! I wonder if there’s a way to slow time down?

Slow time down म्हणजे काळाची गती कमी करणे. Good question James – I wonder if there is a way to slow time down so we can make the most of the day. Making most of the day म्हणजे वेळेचा जास्तीत जास्त सदुपयोग करणे.
Claudia Hammond
One way of making time seem as if it slows down for you is to fill your time with lots of new activities and to not keep doing the same things again. Now there are some things you have to keep doing again and again like going to work, but any time you do get a choice, if you can spend your weekend filling it with loads of new activities, it will go fast at the time because you’re having fun.

To fill your time म्हणजे तुमचा वेळ योग्य रितीने वापरा, म्हणजे `तुमचा वेळ वाया घालवू नका’.

Well, there you have it! If you want to make the most of your weekends, you have to try lots of new things!

I’ll do that James! आजच्या Listen here मध्ये एवढंच! आणखी वेगवेगळी माहिती आणि त्यासंदर्भातले शब्द जाणून घेण्यासाठी पुढचा भाग नक्की ऐका. तोपर्यंत Bye.

Language features

time passes

the verb ‘pass’ is used with time to mean ‘time goes by’.

I love my job, so time passes really quickly.

I have a long train journey every morning, which passes really slowly.

Time goes by like *click* that

In English, you can click your fingers to say time passes very quickly.

I was so busy at work today, it went like *click* that.

Time drags

The verb ‘drag’ can be used to mean that time moves slowly.

The meeting really dragged – the speaker was not very interesting and spoke very slowly.

(time) flashes by

If time ‘flashes by’, this means it goes very quickly

Our holiday in the Caribbean was fantastic! But it flashed by too quickly!

To fill your time

‘Fill your time’ means to include lots of activities in the time you have available – this is the opposite of ‘waste time’.

Now that she was retired, she had to find ways to fill her time.

Test what you’ve learnt about time phrases and the passive.

3 Questions

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Listen Hereचे पुढचा भाग नक्की बघा. तुम्ही आणखी उपयुक्त शब्द शिकाल आणि तुमच्या श्रवण कौशल्याचा सरावही होईल अशा विषयांवर बोलणार आहोत.

Session Vocabulary

  • Captivity

    Time period

    Taken hostage
    पकडून ठेवणे