Tianjin Lesson Seven: Time and the inner child

Nimen Hao,

We often think of time as a measurement, involving smaller or bigger units of time.

Time from smaller to bigger

Nanosecond Tiniest measurable portion of time
Millisecond One millionth part of a second
Second Sixtieth part of a minute
Minute Sixtieth part of an hour
Hour Twenty-fourth part of a day
Day Three hundred and fifty sixth part of a year
Year Three hundred and sixty five days
Decade Ten years
Century One hundred years
Millennium A million years
Forever Infinite


Time Differences: places

Is time always the same? We can talk about this question in terms of places.


Let’s look at the world time clock no (Tianjin time).


The time in Tianjin is?


What time is it in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, London?


In English, we say that a place is so many hours ahead or behind.


So, let’s use that phrasing for the places whose times we’ve just described.


Some places deliberately change their time to make more hours of daylight during the working part of the day.

This is called daylight saving (do you know about this?).


Question: A question for the scientists in the room. Is time on a mountain top the same as time at sea level? Why or why not?


How we experience time: discussion and video


Time often seems different from the standard because of the way we experience it.

Group discussions

  • Describe how time sometimes seems different according to our individual perceptions. Think of some different ways time can see different to different individuals. Can you think of any phrases (idioms) about time?
  • Now, describe how time can seem different and be used differently for different cultures (for example, different nationalities, cities, rural communities)

Professor Pan’s video: personal time zones

Let’s play Laoshi Pan’s video and have a discussion

  • What do you think about the idea that people live in their own time zones? Does this idea apply to your life, the lives of people you know?

Childishness: discussion

Let’s talk about the idea that you are only as old as you feel and can retain some of your childish feeling for the world.

How (in what ways) can or do you/we keep our inner child alive?



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