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Sleeping Problem

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Listen to the conversation about a man who isn't getting enough sleep. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Woman: James, JAMES! Wake up!

Man: What? Why did you wake me up?

Woman: It is 2:00 in the afternoon.

Man: Only two? I'm going back to bed.

Woman: No, you have to get up. You will be late for that class again.

Man: Ah, can't you just take notes for me again?

Woman: No, I did that last time, and I am not doing that again. You need to get more sleep and get into a better routine.

Man: Routine? Like what?

Woman: You should get up no later than 6:30.

Man: 6:30?

Woman: That gives you plenty of time for a 30-minute workout.

Man: You ('ve) got to be joking! No way. And I already exercise. I turn off the alarm clock, and it takes a lot of strength and endurance to get up at that unspeakable hour.

Woman: You need to get to bed no later than 9:00.

Man: N . . . . Nine?

Woman: Yes, you need at least eight hours of sleep . . . . that's what science says. and sleeping in class does NOT count. And going to bed at 3:00 in the morning is a terrible way to live, and how many hours do you even get?

Man: Well, wait. I get about five hours . . . wait, wait, well? Four hours [ Yeah, right. ], or, or or . . . . sometimes, three, but I do better on less sleep. And I don't want to sleep my life away.

Woman: No, this is unbelievable. You need sleep; caffeine isn't an acceptable substitute. I've seen you fall asleep while driving . . . James, James. Do NOT fall asleep while I'm talking to you.

Man: I'm not. I'm just resting my eyes.

Woman: Oh, okay, fine, fine. You fail that class . . . see if I care.


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • routine (noun): a regular way of doing things
    - What your daily routine at work these days?

  • plenty of (quantifier): a lot of
    - You should get plenty of sleep tonight because you have a final test at school tomorrow.

  • workout (noun or verb): a time of physical exercise to improve your fitness and health
    - What kind of exercise do you do for your workout? (noun)
    - I'm going to workout with Maria and Jacob this morning. I think we're going to lift weights. (verb)

  • endurance (noun): the power to do something hard for a long time
    - Do you think you have the endurance to run a marathon without much sleep?

  • unspeakable (adjective): impossible to describe in words, very bad
    - I can't imagine the unspeakable pain the family felt when their dad died.

  • something doesn't count (verb): something that is not accepted or allowed
    - You said you were going to make breakfast for me this morning, but a small piece of toast doesn't count.

  • caffeine (noun): a substance that you sometimes find in coffee, tea, and soft drinks that makes you feel more awake
    - That drink contains a lot of caffeine, so it might keep you up tonight.

  • substitute (noun or verb): something or someone that takes the place of something or someone else
    - I need to find a substitute to teach my class. I'm not feeling well. (noun)
    - The coach of the team decided to substitute me for Steve because I was injured (verb).
    - If you don't like strawberries in your ice cream, you can substitute them for blueberries or other fruit.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]


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