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What time is it?

Wendy . Blog Shakespeare slept here! Publicado 05 Marzo 2015


The Campanile. Where is it?

What time is it? That's the eternal question. And it can be a problem when you're traveling, changing time zones or simply trying to get to class on time or see how many minutes you have left to finish an exam. In the past the bells rang from church towers, clock towers, campanile towers. They kept the population on schedule. A quick glance and you knew the time.The bells rang and you knew it was time to get up or go to bed. Walking across campus? You could continue your leisurely pace, greeting friends and acquaintances along the way. The clock struck 10:00. You had to get moving because you were already late. The tower clock and/or bells were enough.

We wore watches and and had clocks in practically every room. They were useful. They're quickly becoming obsolete. The cell phone rules! "What time is it?" I ask the students and they ALL whip out their cell phones. No more clocks on the wall in the classrooms, or public buildings or airport terminals for that matter. "When is this interminable class going to be over?" "Am I late for my meeting?" "How long before I need to be at the departure gate?".... I DON'T KNOW until I get out my cell phone!

And what happens during an exam? We don't let students use their cell phones, naturally. They don't wear watches any more. There's no clock on the wall. There are no bells. That also means that they don't know what time it is or how fast the minutes are ticking by. Maybe we should have a "campanile" right in the middle of campus: a clock tower, bells, music at lunch time.....Hmmm. Just a thought.

** If you know where this "clock tower" is, send in a comment with your name and email. I have a prize for you. Elena Gómez knows where it is. She was there a few years ago.
Wendy

Vocabulary:

bells: campanas
kept: keep mantener,
schedule: horario
glance: un vistazo
rang: ring tocar una campana/timbre
leisurely pace: paso tranquilo/despacio
greetings: saludar
acquaintances: conocidos
struck: strike tocar la campana
wore: wear llevar puesto
rules: manda, domina
whip out: sacar rápidamente
means: significa
ticking by: pasando, tic-tic-tic
bells: campanas, timbres

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Comentarios (22)
Catalina Alonso... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I know that you are from California. Could "The Campanille" be from there or from somewhere in the US? If not, I would say it is in Italy. Having a clock in the classroom would be a good idea because students wouldn't take out their mobile phones. I think we all check if we have a message or a missed call when we look at the time on our phones; in my opinion, these could be rude towards the teacher.

Elena Jimenez (... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I know this tower, Sather Tower, on the University of California. Its commonly known as The Campanile. I agree with u about clocks and watches. Now, every young people rely on our phone. I think it's more difficult to socialize. We are losing the ability of oral communication. Students should we forget the phone during working hours. We need to encourage talk with others.

Anónimo (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

The Campanile... Berkeley! (properly said, University of California, Berkeley) :-) Helen

Itziar Mozo (B2.2) (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I have read all the article and I think I can answer to some of your questions. First of all, I agree with you, we live in a moment where the watches are a little bit "old", now everybody use their mobile phones to know what time is. Secondly, the students in the exams can't use the mobiles but, at least in UEM, we can see the time in the left corner of the blackboard. Finally, about the "clock tower", I'm not 100% sure about if it is what I think but there is a clock in the sports centre in D building.

Cristian Varas ... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Today, we have a campanille in our pocket that tells us the time, the weather and how to get to the destination address as quickly as possible. Thanks to these facilities that give us smartphones, humans think less is more difficult to remember and use less brain. Despite that cell phones give us solutions that clocks don't have. Cell phones are necessary in our lives, but the brain more.

Fernando Unquiles (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

The technology has been a breakthrough in the modern world, but has also been a major setback. Do not know what time it is or what day we live if we have our smartphone over. I think our ancestors lived bbetter, with less worried and a more relaxed way without having to bbe aware of mobile all day.

Andres Montes (B2.2) (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi wendy; I know where is this watch. It's called The Campanille and it's placed at the University of California. As far as I’m concerned, I agree with you about the lack of clocks in our classes. It would be a good idea to place one in each classroom because they would be very useful during an exam. In conclusion, we need more clocks in our university!

Sergio Mateo Gracia (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I agree with you, and it's true that the watches are obsolete because you can see your phone and know whats time is it but when you see your phone you can pay attention other things like your texts and calls and these things are distractions and could be get your academic performance, affected your social relations, etc. in my view, the watches are obsolete, yes! but it is better to see the time on your wrist on your cell phone.

Lourdes Estefan... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I agree with you. People always use the mobile phone to check the time, and few people have a watch on your wrist. In some exams teachers tell the students the time remaining on the exam, but sometimes students are so concentrated in the test that doesn't hear what the teacher said. I think it would be necessary to have a clock in every classroom college.

Álvaro Vega de ... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Well, nowadays a lot of things are changing and of course the ways that we live are changing too. One of the most classical and elegance gesture ever is looking the watch, sadly, we are losing progressive this way of organization. It is a pity replaces this perfect machine for mobiles phones which there are not made for this kind of use. But the real problem is that we are creating a generation of addicted to mobile

Jon Rey (B2.2) (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

First of all, I know that The Campanilla which is placed at the University of California. I agree that not everyone wears a clock in order that everyone has a mobile phone and it is much more confortable to see the phone than taking a clock in your wrist. So... do you think the clocks will be replaced by the mobile phones?

Álvaro Flores (B2.1) (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I agree with the idea that nowadays people are not wearing watches anymore, but I don't see a problem there. You can wear a watch if you like to, but is not so useful as it was before. Now you can whip out your cell phone and know what time it is. I see the point with not letting use the cell phones in exams and that's not an issue because teachers put a clock on the laptop, which is projected in the screen while the students are taking the exam. I like wearing watches although I think they're not indispensable

Sergio Mateo Gracia (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I agree with you, and it's true that watches are obsolete because you can see your phone and know time is it but when you see your phone you can pay attention to other things like your texts and calls and these things are distractions and could be bad for your academic performance, affected your social relations, etc. In my view, the watches are obsolete, yes! but it is better to see the time on your wrist than on your cell phone.

Luis Gómez (B2.... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Nowadays is true that nobody wear a watch, however I don't think that it is a problem because you can see your phone in all moments, and in the exams you aren't able to wear watch, besides I don't think than the solution would be having a campanile in the campus, it will do a lot of noise

Mauro Busi Asen... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

This tower is called The Campanile,a big clock situated in the University of California. I think that it is a good idea to put a clock tower like this in the campus of the UEM. This clock would tell us the time to go class or the the time to leave instead of watching all the time our cell phone or our computer to know the time.

Hector Martin (... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I agree with you, nowadays nobody wear a watch, everybody can whip out their smartphone and know what time is it. In addition I know a lot of people that wear a watch but they have never seen it.

María Elena Man... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Nowadays, having time is our greatest treasure. Everybody has a lot to do and they don't enjoy their lives.Time go on very fast. Everbody want to live as much experiences as possible and they forget the small details. In my opinion I think as you. Our university should have a "campanile " right in the middle of campus : a clock tower, bells , music at lunch time... Students should not be all day on the phone and we could rest our minds for some time. Young people must learn to live without mobile but this is very complicated. I have never been in the Campanilla which is placed at the University of California, but I would like to visit this place soon.

Alberto Guinea ... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

In my opinion I do not really think that we need to have a big bell or clock that rang every hour; I think that some digital clocks for instance inside our campus would we useful as it would we to have one inside each class or room of any kind of building, but digital as weell in order not to hear the ticking by that for me is a little annoying.

Sara Rodríguez Salas (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

The Campanille is located in Berkeley Campus. It is a big clock. You can watch it from a long distance, because it is very big. The problem nowadays is that we have different ways to be on time. In the past, we used to be on time by the usual clocks, the churches clocks, or thungs like this.Today we only need our phone to do it. The phone have also things like camera, for listening to music, making videos... It means that we only need it to have everything, and the old things that we used to use are antiquated.

Miguel Baena (B2.1) (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Currently, anyone using other devices such as a mobile phone or tablet before a clock to see the time. However, I am a person who likes to wear a watch, is more comfortable and fast check the time on the clock, and there is much more elegant in a person. That constumbres old aren't lost.

Teresa Barros (B2.2) (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Honestly I'm kind of addicted to my mobile phone, but I always wear a watch too. I got a really nice, expensive watch when I graduated from High School and I think it's an item everyone should have. About the bells ringing, when I was little I lived in Santiago de Compostela, right beside the Cathedral, and I could hear the bells every day. I really miss it!

OCN FIB21 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

I don´t know where the “clock tower” is, but the place looks really nice. My parents have a clock that sings different songs each hour. It has twelve melodies. Some of them are awful and, above all, when the house is in absolute silent. The only way the clock doesn’t sing is removing the batteries, but my fathers like his sound.

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