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Let’s talk about dreams and nightmares in English

Welcome to the Speaking Gym! Yes, you heard that right! MPEC’s Conversation Club is a safe space where you can practice new English vocabulary without the fear of making mistakes. There are no risks, no judgments. There’s only the pleasure of communicating in English fearlessly. And today, we’re tackling a truly fascinating topic…

Prepared for you by: My Personal English Coach



Four Cool Idioms To Speak About Sleep

In your conversations today, we encourage you to try these idioms, especially if they are new or unknown to you. Remember, it’s not about being perfect, it’s all about communicating!

  1. Hit the hay/sack 🛏️ – To go to bed in order to sleep.
    • After a long day at work, I can’t wait to hit the hay.
  2. Out like a light 💡 – To fall asleep very quickly.
    • As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out like a light.
  3. Catch some Z’s 😴 – To get some sleep.
    • I need to catch some Z’s before the early morning meeting.
  4. Saw logs 🌲 – To snore loudly while sleeping.
    • He was sawing logs last night so loudly that I couldn’t get any sleep.

Round 1: Sleep Patterns

  1. How would you describe your typical sleep pattern?
  2. Do you have any routines that help you sleep better?
  3. Have you ever experienced insomnia? What was it like?
  4. What impact does your sleep have on your daily productivity?
  5. How does your sleep pattern change on weekends compared to weekdays?

Useful Expressions:

  • I tend to… 💤
  • I struggle with… 🌙
  • I’ve found that… 🔍
  • On average, I… ⏰
  • My sleep quality affects… 📊

Round 2: Dreams?

  1. “Do you often remember your dreams? What are they like?”
  2. “Have you ever had a recurring dream? Can you describe it?”
  3. “Do you believe that dreams have meanings?”
  4. “Have you tried lucid dreaming?”
  5. “What’s the most bizarre dream you’ve ever had?”

Useful Expressions:

The other night, I dreamed that… 🌜

I rarely/often remember my dreams, but… 🤔

There’s this one dream where… 🌀

I’m curious about the idea that… 🧐

My most vivid dream was… 🌈

Round 3: Nightmares

  1. “What was your most frightening nightmare about?”
  2. “Do you experience nightmares frequently?”
  3. “How do you deal with a bad dream when you wake up from one?”
  4. “Do you think stress contributes to your nightmares?”
  5. “Have nightmares ever affected your sleep quality?”

Useful Expressions:

One theory I’ve heard about nightmares is that… 📚

After a nightmare, I usually… 🛌

The worst nightmare I had was about… 😱

Whenever I have a nightmare, I… 🌪️

I don’t usually get nightmares, but when I do… 😨

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