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Vocabulary: sleeping and dreaming
We have already dealt with SLEEP in test, but since it is an essential activity, I've fancied going further and dealing with another activity which is as essential and often more pleasant : DREAMING.
Dealing with "the sleep of Death", Shakespeare had Hamlet say:" ... to sleep; to sleep: perchance to dream..."
Yet, even our daily sleep leads to dreaming, and while we're awake, our mind is also capable of building an ideal scenario for us, leading to action. Let's listen to our Dreams and to other people's ... and we may even be able to fulfil them!
|To sleep||To sleep in|
|To have a lie-in||To stay in bed|
To have a rest
To take a rest
To rest up
To have insomnia/
To suffer from imsomnia
- It keeps me awake!
- I've had a sleepless night!
- He didn't sleep a wink! / He didn't get a wink of sleep!
... go to bed! Nicely tucked in...
|To feel/ be sleepy||sleepily/ drowsily|
|It's bedtime||at bedtime|
|To be in bed||to go to bed|
|To put sb to bed||to tuck sb in|
|To fall asleep/ go to sleep||to get to sleep|
|To drop off||to put sb to sleep|
|To go back to sleep|
To be asleep/ fast asleep/
- To be asleep on one's feet!
- I can't keep my eyes open!
- To be ready to drop
- To go beddy-byes
- Sleep well!
- The sandman has been here!
Fast asleep... SOooooo tired...
|To be half asleep||I overslept|
|A deep sleep||To sleep soundly|
|A doze/ a nap||To doze off|
To have a doze/ a snooze/ forty winks
- To sleep through one's alarm
- To sleep round the clock!
- To sleep like a log!
... and what about DREAMING????
|A dream/ to dream about||A nightmare|
|Nightmarish||His dream car|
|A daydream||To daydream|
|A waking dream||A hallucination|
|To have visions/ to see things||To hypnotize sb|
|A trance||To go into a trance|
|A dream world||To dream away|
- It came to him in his dreams!/ to see something in one's dreams
- Pleasant dreams! / Sweet dreams!
- My dream came true! (A wish or a goal that a person has wanted or achieved after a long time.)
- Early morning dreams come true: the superstitious notion that dreams one has in the very early hours before one wakes up are fated to happen in real life.
- Broken dreams: Dreams or aspirations that have failed or been abandoned.
- In your dreams! A derisive phrase said in response to something that is far-fetched or unlikely to happen.
- A pipe dream: A dream or idea that is impossible to accomplish.
- A dream in colour: To have bold, often unrealistic, ambitions.
- Beyond (one's) wildest dreams: unimaginable: much better than you expected.- A dreamboat: a very attractive or appealing person.
- The sky is the limit!: nothing is impossible)
I'd like to close this lesson on this positive expression and send you face the test with confidence.
The sky is the limit! and the sky is unlimited... Go for it, then... and thanks for working with me.
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