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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and corrections! I...

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Thank you, Kealin! I will try to use shorter sentences...

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Hi Ed! At the time I myself was only sitting at the...

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Thank you, Kealin! At last not a single extra comma!

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Desert 12

Almost every settlement has a unique time count system, which kept in secret. The local system is quite simple and practical. The unit of time is called a strike and is measured in the temple by a large glass device, which consists of two vessels connected by a narrow neck. There is sand in this device. When the device is turned over, sand begins to drain from one vessel to the other. When the sand drains completely, the device is turned over again. Each such turning-over is marked by strikes on the gong. The first strike means that it is time to wake up, have breakfast and go to work, because when the gong strike twice, the workers and employees should already be at their workplaces.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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This is so interesting Oleks!  We have a similar device, traditionally used as an 'egg timer'.  It takes 4 minutes for the sand to flow from one vessel to the other, by which time your egg should be cooked!  I found your audio a little indistinct this time, especially the word 'secret'.  I've uploaded a few phrases which might help.

Almost every settlement has a unique time count system, which is kept in secret. The local system is quite simple and practical. The unit of time is called a strike and is measured in the temple by a large glass device, which consists of two vessels connected by a narrow neck. There is sand in this device. When the device is turned over, sand begins to drain from one vessel to the other. When the sand drains completely, the device is turned over again. Each such turning-over is marked by strikes on the gong. The first strike means that it is time to wake up, have breakfast and go to work, because when the gong strikes twice, the workers and employees should already be at their workplaces.

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Thank you, Rosб for your comment and audio! It definitely helped. It is interesting, I did not know that egg should cook for four minutes. I have to try and taste.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

I really enjoyed reading this extract :-) . When I go to the sauna, I make use of a device like the one you describe. I find it very relaxing and therapeutic to watch the sand drain from one vessel to the other! 

There is nothing really for me to correct here. However, instead of saying "When the sand drains completely" in my opinion, it sounds slightly more natural to say "Once the sand has completely drained, the device is turned over again..." (as you are describing a process from start to finish)

Same with this phrase "because when the gong strikes twice," I would change this to "because on the second strike, the workers and employees should already be at their workplaces.."

 

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ed! Thank you! The first remark I understood, but how can I say that the next time the gong hit twice, and not once?

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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Almost every settlement has a unique time count system (no comma) which is kept in secret. The local system is quite simple and practical. The unit of time is called a strike and is measured in the temple by a large glass device (no comma) which consists of two vessels connected by a narrow neck. There is sand in this device. When the device is turned over, sand begins to drain from one vessel to the other. When the sand drains completely, the device is turned over again. Each such turning-over is marked by strikes on the gong. The first strike means that it is time to wake up, have breakfast and go to work (no comma) because when the gong strikes twice, the workers and employees should already be at their workplaces.

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Kealin! Thank you for your corrections!

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