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Wake Up

Ruth and Todd talk about their morning.
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Todd: So, what did you do today?

Ruth: Well, actually, I got up this morning quite early. I couldn't sleep so I was a little bit annoyed and then I went to church and I had some lunch and..

Todd: OK, but, you said early, like how early?

Ruth: Well, I think it was about 7 o'clock.

Todd: That's not early.

Ruth: That is early if you went to bed at 1.

Todd: That's true. That's sleeping in for me.

Ruth: That's sleeping in. That's true. You're an early bird aren't you?

Todd: Now, last night we went out and had the beers.

Ruth: Yeah!

Todd: I was actually quite happy this morning. I had no hangover.

Ruth: Did you not? (No) I felt a little bit queasy this morning, and I was a bit ashamed, and I didn't even drink very much. I wasn't, I didn't feel queasy. I think is was more that I hadn't had any sleep actually.

Todd: Yeah, did you feel guilty in church knowing that you still had the beer buzz?

Ruth: No. I didn't feel guilty about that.

Todd: Yeah, that would be tough one. No, I still got up this morning at 5:45.

Ruth: 5:45!

Todd: Yeah.

Ruth: You must be a lunatic.

Todd: Well, I mean when the light comes up and the light goes through your window, I don't know how people can still sleep. You know? You can sleep when the light, the sunrise still comes up?

Ruth: Yeah, not for too, I mean I can't sleep forever, but like, 7 o'clock, 8 o'clock, then my body wakes up.

Todd: The apartment I was at before, it was crazy because there was a rooster outside, and it didn't do what it was supposed to do, like normally when the sun comes up, the rooster is supposed to go, "er-er-er-er" or whatever,
but this thing did it at like 1 and 2 in the morning. It used to drive me nuts, so I used to always wake up at 2 because I'd hear this rooster going "er-er-er" and I just wanted to kill that bird.

Ruth: Did you go sleep, back to sleep after that?

Todd: Yeah, of course I went back to sleep, but the bird would wake me up regularly. Yeah. No roosters here.

Ruth: That's not funny is it?

Todd: Yeah.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


I couldn't sleep so I was a little annoyed.

When you are 'annoyed' about something, you are either frustrated or irritated.  Notice the following:

  1. He gets really annoyed when he has to wait for people.
  2. She gets really annoyed by the sound of the phone ringing.

sleeping in

Getting up at 7 o'clock is not early; it's sleeping in for me.

If you 'sleep in,' you are sleeping later than you usually do. Notice the following:

  1. You look really tired.  You should try to sleep in tomorrow.
  2. I enjoy sleeping in on the weekends.

early bird

You're an early bird, aren't you?

An 'early bird' is someone who naturally wakes up early.  Notice the following:

  1. My husband and I are complete opposites.  He's an early bird, and I'm a night owl.
  2. People know not to talk to me until after I have my coffee.  I am not an early bird.


I was actually quite happy this morning because I had no hangover from last night.

You get a 'hangover' from drinking alcohol. It is when you head hurts the next day because you drank too much.  Notice the following:

  1. If I have a hangover, all I want to do is sleep.
  2. I had one glass of wine last night, and I have a hangover today.


I felt a little bit queasy this morning, and I didn't even drink very much.

When you are 'queasy,' you feel like you might vomit. Notice the following:

  1. I'm not really hungry right now.  I actually feel kind of queasy.
  2. I can't read in the car, because I get queasy.

beer buzz

Did you feel guilty in church knowing that you still had the beer buzz?

You have a 'buzz' when you feel the effects of alcohol, in this case beer, in your body.  You are not drunk, but you can feel some changes.  Notice the following:

  1. You've only had one drink.  How can you have a beer buzz.
  2. I usually only drink until I get a little beer buzz, then I stop.


If you got up this morning at 5:45, you must be a lunatic!

A 'lunatic' is a person who is crazy. Notice the following:

  1. He's a real lunatic when he's angry.
  2. She's kind of a lunatic, in terms of exercise.

Vocabulary Quiz

annoyed • sleeping • early
hangover • queasy • buzz
  1. I can only have a couple drinks, because I can't have a tomorrow.
  2. These drinks are strong.  I only had one and I already have a big .
  3. I think I need to eat a piece of bread.  I'm feeling a little .
  4. We plan on in tomorrow morning, so don't call until after 11 o'clock.
  5. Sugar turns my daughter into a .
  6. Working at a farm for the summer turned him into an bird.
  7. You get so easily. Try to be a little more patient.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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