2016/03/29

I couldn't sleep well

My children and I usually go to bed at 9pm.

We spread bedding on "tatami"( it is a mat on the floor in a Japanese -style room) and we lie down side by side.

Our sleeping position resembles that of the Kanji character for the word "river" (" 川" in Kanji).

We say it "川の字で寝る" in Japanese.


Last night, my 5-year-old daughter suddenly woke up and started crying.

It means she wants to go to the bathroom, so I took her there. 

I went back to the Japanese-style room and saw the clock, it was 2am.

I was relieved that my husband was already sleeping in the futon.

He often comes home late, so I often check whether he has come home or not yet when I wake up.

After I fell asleep again, I was woken up because my 7-year-old son suddenly kicked me.

I returned him to his futon and tried to sleep again.

When I started dreaming, my alarm clock started ringing.

"Oh, I wasn't able to sleep well today..."

It was 4pm.

I sat down on the futon and I was out of it for a while.

When I was able to get up, it was already 4:30am.

I am able to have my own time only in the early morning.

In fact, I want to sleep more.

But since I have work, I have to make dinner, lunch boxes for my son and me (because it is spring vacation), and make breakfast.

After that, I can finally have time to study English.

I will take the TOEIC test in April, so I need time to prepare the test, but I can't make enough time.

I think I will sleep enough after the test.




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  1. Hello Kumi-san,

    I hope you are not too sleep deprived as being tired when taking the TOEIC test is probably not ideal. Still it is good that you are making time for your studies even with such limited amounts of of time available to you.

    I usually listen to podcasts when I get into bed and fall asleep to those but that is not a technique that a non-single person can use I would imagine.

    I hope that after TOEIC you can catch up on your much need sleep time :).

    Here is a list of some of the issues found in the rest of the post:

    This line:
    Our sleeping position resembles to that of the Kanji character which word is "river" (" 川" in Kanji).

    Should be:
    Our sleeping position resembles that of the Kanji character for the word "river" ("川" in Kanji).

    This line:
    I went back to the Japanese-style room and saw a clock, it was 2am.

    Should be:
    I went back to the Japanese-style room and saw the clock, it was 2am.

    Reason: When looking at a clock in general we tend to say the clock, not entirely sure why:

    Examples:

    The clock on the walk said 5am
    I woke up and looked at the clock, it was 10am, I am late for work!
    The clock in the living room chimed 9 times.

    You do sometimes use a clock when you don't know which clock is being referred to or it's a clock in general:

    A clock rang out loudly.
    I have to buy a clock for the living room.

    This line:
    I sad down on the futon and I was out of it for a while.

    Should be:
    I sat down on the futon and I was out of it for a while.

    This line:
    But since I have work, I have to make dinner, lunch boxes for my son and me (because it is in the spring vacation), and make breakfast.

    Should be:
    But since I have work, I have to make dinner, lunch boxes for my son and me (because it is spring vacation), and make breakfast.

    This line:
    I will take TOEIC test in April, so I need time to prepare the test, but I can't make time enough.

    Should be:
    I will take the TOEIC test in April, so I need time to prepare for the test, but I can't make enough time.

    Reason: "I can't make time enough" is sometimes used in English but it is old fashioned and in general it would be worded as "I can't make enough time".

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    1. Thank you Terry!
      Your detailed explanation is really helpful to understand the reason why I mistook the sentences.
      Thank you so much!



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