Akane talks about how she can sleep anywhere.
Ruth: Now Akane!
Ruth: I've noticed that you fall asleep everywhere.
Akane: Oh, you've noticed. Oh, no, it's actually a problem that I have.
Akane: Yeah, I do get sleepy.
Ruth: Well, it's just that whenever we come back from work, or we go to work, you always fall asleep on the bus.
Akane: I do. I'm so tired in the mornings.
Ruth: So, you're tired in the mornings (Mm-hm) so don't you sleep at night?
Akane: I do. I actually do go to bed quite early but I hate waking up really early
so I think it's the early mornings that really get to me.
Ruth: So do you think lots of people in your family do this, because you know,
you really do seem to sleep far more than anybody I've ever met.
Akane: Actually, yeah, my father does say that he falls asleep at work.
Akane: Yeah.And my mom falls asleep at work as well when there's not costumers.
Ruth: Oh, you're joking.
Akane: Yeah. Yeah. So it runs in the family.
Ruth: So have you ever done that? Have you ever fallen asleep at work?
Akane: Actually, well, I don't fall asleep when I'm teaching, cause its such a busy job (Yeah) but when I was working in an office, when I was doing medical research, it was such a boring job that I did used to fall asleep in front of the computer sometimes. It's really embarrassing.
Ruth: So have you ever had an embarrassing moment when you've fallen asleep?
Akane: Actually, yes. One time we went to watch the symphony orchestra
and it was beautiful music and I was enjoying myself but I just fell asleep in between.
Ruth: Oh, no, Akane.
Ruth: So how many hours sleep do you normally get Akane?
Akane: Well, I try to get at least nine. Of course that's not always possible,
so I'd say on average about eight and a half hours.
Ruth: Eight and a half.
Ruth: Well, I suppose if you add that to the five hours a day that you sleep that's quite a lot.
Akane: If you put it that way.
get to me
I think it's the early mornings that really get to me.
If something 'gets to you,' it bothers you or you don't like it. Notice the following:
- The sound of her voice just gets to me after a while.
- Doesn't it get to you that you never get a vacation?
runs in the family
So it runs in the family.
When something 'runs in the family,' it's a common trait or action among the members of that family. For example, curly hair. Notice the following:
- Heart disease runs in the family.
- I see that good looks don't run in your family.
I was working in an office, when I was doing medical research.
You 'research' something to collect and record information about it. Notice the following:
- I was at the library doing research for my biology report.
- Did she research the best hotel to stay at in Rome?
It was such a boring job that I did used to fall asleep in front of the computer sometimes.
If a person or a situation is 'boring,' you are not excited or interested and probably don't want to be there. Notice the following:
- I always thought science was boring until I had him for a teacher.
- That is a really boring movie.
One time we went to watch the symphony orchestra.
A 'symphony' is a musical composition or piece that is performed by instruments in an orchestra, which are instruments like the flute and cello. Notice the following:
- Do you enjoy going to the symphony?
- The symphony music in the in the background made the movie more suspenseful.
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