One You must have been herelong time already. 你肯定在这里等很久。
Introduction A Beingtimeconsidered good manners. It’s not politebe lateclasses, meetings, or appointments. When we do business with foreigners, make sure notbe late. Foreigners keep punctual time. Punctuality can greatly increase your credibility, too. 准时被看作很礼貌。课、开会或者约会迟到很礼貌。当我们和老外做生意时，务必要迟到。外国人很守时。守时作风也可以大大地提高你信誉度。
B In America, it’s impolitecall someone’s home very earlythe morning or very late at night unless therean emergency. For example, 8 A.M.considered too early0 P.M.considered too late. Especiallyweekends, many people likestay up lateget up late. So make sure notdisturb people who may be resting or sleeping. 在美国，除非紧急情况，早很早或者晚很晚打电话到别人家很礼貌。举例来说，早八点就被认为很早，晚十点就被认为很晚。尤其在周末，许多人喜欢晚睡晚起。所以确定要打扰他人休息或睡觉。
2 Sample Sentences . She was heremoment ago. 她刚才还在这。 2. Don’t worry, your father will come back afterwhile. 别担心, 你爸爸会就回来。 3. The rent should be paidadvance. 房租要预先支付。 4. We must hurry up if we wantbe theretime. 如果想准时到那里话，我们就必须动作快点。 5. wishcould stay here another month. 我真希望我还能在这里再呆月。 6. thinkcan havedonea couplehours. 我想几小时之内我就可以做好。 7. Do you rentcamera byhour or byday? 你照相机出租按小时算，还按天数算？ 8. was five minutes latework this morning. 今天早我班迟到五分钟。 9. Your watchten minutes aheadtimeyou’re still late. 你手表快十分钟，而你还迟到。 0. He always leaves work at sixthe dot. He won’t work an extra minute. 他六点钟总准时下班。他会多工作分钟。
3 Conversations. A Chinese girlcaught atsubway station by heavy rain. Shesupposedmeet her friend, Hans,the lobbythe Garden Hotel at :00 A.M., but she doesn’t havewatch, so she decidesaskmanthe time. Girl: Excuse me, Sir, do you know what timeis? Man: Oh, it’s almost eleven twenty. Girl: Thank you. Man: You’re welcome. The rainquite heavy, isn’t it? Girl: Yeah. wasa hurry andforgot my umbrella today. Man: have one. We could share it. Which way are you going? Girl: Oh, that’s very kindyou. am goingthe Garden Hotel. Man: am going there, too. We can walk together. Girl: Sure.
Helpful Information: Timeweatherthe topic that two strangers often beginconversation. Usually people beginknow each other by this way. 时间和天气，两陌生人之间常开始谈论话题。人们通常这样开始互相认识。 【译文】 ——对起，先生，你知道几点吗？ ——噢，快十点二十分。 ——谢谢。 ——没关系。这雨可下得真大，吗？ ——啊。今天我匆匆忙忙忘带伞。 ——我伞，我们可以共用。你往哪边走？ ——噢，那太好。我去花园酒店。 ——我也去那里。我们可以起走。——当然。
2. Inlobby. Hans: Hi, Cindy. thought I’d missed you. Girl: Oh,am very sorry, Hans. Thank youwaitingme. You must have been herelong time already. Hans: It’s all right. Girl: was caughtthe heavy rain, orwould have come earlier. am sorrykept you waiting. Hans: wasa comfortable place, so really, it’s no problem. am happysee you. Didrain hold you up long? Girl: Yes. Whencame outthe subway,was raining catsdogs. Andforgot my umbrella. Sohadwaitthe rainlet up2. Hans: totally understand.
Helpful Information：Things don’t often happenway we expect. We may misslotimportant thingslife, but we shouldn’t missunderstandingone another. 很多时候事情都会按照我们想象发展。生命中我们可能错过很多重要东西，但我们应该错过相互理解。
3. GaryEvelyn are boyfriendgirlfriend. They’re goingseemovie togethercampus. They’re supposedmeetfrontthe theater at fiveseven, five minutes beforemovie starts. And now it’s seven o’clockGary still hasn’t appeared. She decideslookhim atapartment. (Evelynknockingdoor.) Gary: Come in, come in！ Evelyn: Hi, Gary, what happened?was waitingyou attheater. Why didn’t you meet me there? Gary: thought we were supposedmeet HERE. Evelyn: Don’t you know our movie starts at seven? And we were goingmeet attheater at fiveseven. Thendoesn’t make sense3meet atapartment. Gary: I’m sorry. We must have misunderstood each other. Evelyn: Why don’t you trybe clearer about your intentions4? Gary: You’re right. am sorry. Let’s gowatchmovie. Evelyn: It’s okay. don’t wantgo now. We’ve already missed ten minutesthe movie. don’t wantseemovie without watchingbeginning.
4. Sorry I’m late. A high-school student from Brazilvisiting several American universities5 with her parents. They are waitingseedeana small collegeMaine.
Father: see you've brought somethingoccupy your time while we wait. Good. We may be herelong time. Isabel: Yes, Papa. broughtcatalog6the next college we're goingvisit--the oneNew Hampshire. Mother: Maybe we won't havewait long. We've only been here fifteen minutes. Isabel: I'm not usedthe way they treat time here. They wouldn't see me at that placeMassachusetts yesterday. missedappointment becausewas forty-five minutes late. That's no time at all backBrazil. Father: It’s just that North Americans pay more attentionexact times. They're very punctual7 people. Mother: I think that if you're more than thirty minutes late, you haveapologizeexplain what delayed you. Father: Our appointment with this deanfor three-fifteen. My watch says three-thirty. I'm sure we’re not late. (The dean comes outhis office.) Dean: Isabel? Come in. Sorrykept you waiting. We're runninglittle behind schedule8 today.