Chinese President Xi Jinping has advised young people to avoid staying up (熬夜áoyè) late or becoming too stressed at work when meeting with the country’s county-level officials.
It would be a good idea to follow Papa Xi’s advice and go to bed on time. For fun though, how many ways can you think of to say “sleep” (睡觉shuìjiào) in Chinese? Let the Miracle Mandarin teacher give you some phrase about “sleep” (睡觉shuìjiào)
眯一会 mī yí huì
I want to catch a wink before the meeting.
打盹 dǎ dǔn
A post-meal snooze sets the brain up for learning.
小睡 xiǎo shuì
If I could take a little catnap, I think I’d feel much better.
打地铺 dǎ dì pù
He was so tired that he slept on the floor for a whole day.
回笼觉huí lóng jiào
I’m lucky that I was not late for work after having 30 minutes of unprotected sleep. (*note: ‘unprotected sleep’ refers to the act of turning off one’s alarm clock and immediately going back to sleep; thus risking not waking up for a job, class, or other daily tasks)
打瞌睡 dǎ kē shuì
Some students often doze off in class.
She slept so soundly that the explosion didn’t wake her up.
睡懒觉shuì lǎn jiào
I sleep in every weekend and wake up around noon.
It’s interesting, isn’t it? If you want to learn more, Miracle Mandarin will provide more funny Chinese words and Chinese stories, and we have many Chinese traditional lessons, come and join us!