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    Vocabulary: Good night ...

    Human beings and animals spend (at least!) half of their lives asleep.

    Sleep is necessary for our bodies and our minds to function properly. It's a means to recuperate strength. Many words and expressions are attached to that very important activity. 




         To set the alarm for ...    

            The alarm has gone off       

        To sleep through one's alarm

                       = to oversleep

      To put to sleep

              To rub one's eyes  

           To tuck someone in     

               To take a rest                      To doze

                      To yawn 


               To take a nap

         = To have forty winks

             To have a cat nap   

                A Saturday lie-in      


                                  A Saturday lie-in!                                                                        Lazy, or wise ? 

    For kids, getting up (just as "going to bed") may be quite difficult, but it's always pleasant to feel a soft stroke on your cheek and hear "Waky, waky! Rise and shine..."

    -  I, heard it many many times... and the sun was seldom shining! -    )  

    When going to bed, toddlers are often read to, told stories or sung lullabies. 

    When kids become teenagers, waking up becomes difficult and happens much later... 

                 Dawn= Sunrise             An alarm (-clock)                    A clock-radio 
                    An early bird             A night-owl                  The sandman
                    A sleepless night           A sleepwalker                         Insomnia

    "Sleeping, dreaming..." or not! 

     "To die: to sleep; no more...To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; for in that sleep of death, what dreams may come?" (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1)


                    To feel sleepy          

                  To daydream             

                    Saying Good Night!                


            To be fast/ sound asleep

                 To sleep like a log      

                         To snore

                  To toss and turn   

          ... not to sleep a wink   

                        A nightmare                      


               To be a heavy sleeper     

              To wake with a start   

                   To have a dream           

    After a restful sleep (or not restful!) you have to wake kids up to take them to school or to their activities, or simply wake up to go out of bed and go about your business. 


                                                                                                            "The natural way of waking up" (light and sound)

    Let's remember that you can be an "early bird" (waking up and working early...) or a night owl", going to bed (and working) very late; sometimes, they do it because they couldn't sleep with an unfinished work. 

    Let's also remember that the number of hours of sleep you need varies  according to people and their ages. 

    I do  hope you won't fall asleep in the middle of the exercise... and that this vocabulary will be useful to you.  Good Luck! 


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    'Lucy, it's time for .' 'Not already, Mom, I'm not at all.'
    'Then stop your eyes. You look as if you couldn't .'
    'I've seven o'clock to make sure I'll be on time for Jenny' s party.'
    '7 o'clock! Oh dear! It's too early! The party's at 3 pm... I'm sure you'll your alarm... but don't worry, I'll for your dentist's appointment at 10!

    ' Rise and shine! ' Oh no Mom, I didn't . May I have ? I'm so tired...'

    ' Well! Little girl, I'm sure you've ... First, we'll go the the dentist's and then, you can or just before going to Jenny's.


     * Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. 


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