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    A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    In my language we call it a pair (at university). It's a slang word for an 1.5 hour class (without a break) which can be anything - a lecture, a seminar, a PE lesson, a tutorial, only its length matters, not its content.

    Our university students and staff often say something like this:

    Let's meet after the second pair (= after a 45+45 min class, this division is nominal) in the hall.

    Is there some word in English that could be used instead of the "pair" in this particular sentence?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 26-Jul-2014 at 07:50.
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    #2

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    That doesn't make sense to me. If the 1.5 hour class is a "pair", then the second pair is another class of 1.5 hours.
    Your intention seems to be to meet after the "pair". You can't have a second pair without two pairs.

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    #3

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    Can 'the second half' be used?

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    #4

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    In my language we call it a pair (at university). It's a slang word for an 1.5 hour class (without a break) which can be anything - a lecture, a seminar, a PE lesson, a tutorial, only its length matters, not its content.
    I think we can conclude that no such equivalent word exists in English.

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    #5

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    I'd call it a double period.

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    #6

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    I would too, and I wouldn't use the idea of second- I'd just say Let's meet after the double lesson/period.

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    #7

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would too, and I wouldn't use the idea of second- I'd just say Let's meet after the double lesson/period.
    Thank you, I think the double period is the best way to describe it. I am a bit puzzled that no one understands what "the second pair" is. I should have written "the third pair" or "the fourth pair", perhaps then there would be less confusion with it.

    A "pair" is a lesson in a Russian university (just a longer one than in a school).
    I have found an example (coincidentally, about a Russian school):

    At 9:15 a.m., the bell rings in Eastern Languages School ​No. 4, signaling the end of the first period.<...>
    After the third period, the seniors arrive in the cafeteria, and unlike the younger pupils, they empty their plates completely.<...>
    Lunch time comes immediately after the fourth period. <...>
    “We even have a snack bar,” said school Director, Irina Gorlova. “But it only opens after the fifth period, when lunch has almost ended...


    Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines - http://rbth.co.uk/society/2014/05/19..._in_36719.html)

    Can't I substitute "a period" in the above extract with "a double period" ("a pair") in relation to university? Don't English universities have a time schedule of "lessons"? In schools there are periods, while at universities there are "double periods", so, if you go somewhere after the third (first, second, or fourth) period when you are at school, why can't you go somewhere after the third (first, second, or fourth) double period at university?

    In my example would it be unusual for a native speakker if I say "Let's meet after the third double period, I need to talk to you"? What would English students say in a similar situation?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 26-Jul-2014 at 20:12.
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    #8

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    At the college I attended, classes held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays started on the hour and lasted 50 minutes. So a three-credit class would meet three days a week for (about) an hour.

    Classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays lasted an hour and 20 minutes, so a three-credit class would meet twice a week, about the same time as a M/W/F class.

    Evening classes were three-hour blocks (and the professor decided when there would be a break), so a three-credit class could be taken that way too.

    Your schedule might have three classes that meet M/W/F and one that meets T/Th. But you wouldn't call them "periods." "I have O Chem at 9, Shakespeare at 11 and then Linear Algebra at 2."

    No one would ever say "let's meet after the second class on Tuesday." They'd say "let's meet at noon" or "let's meet after your 9 am class finished up."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    Thank you,Barb_D, now it's clear to me that the difference lies in the system itself. Our universities are kind of "stricter" as far as the timetable is concerned - the schedule is just as in a school, only the "periods" are longer. All the classes in Russian universities begin according to the schedule which is the same for all (there are some minor exceptions).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #10

    Re: A general word for a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial etc.

    Bhai's suggestion of "double period" seems to provide the answer you requested.

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