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I couldn’t sleep a wink last night


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오늘 배워볼 영어 표현은 I couldn’t sleep a wink last night입니다.


Before we find out what today’s expression ‘I couldn’t sleep a wink last night’ means, let’s listen to today’s conversation. Listen carefully. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘I couldn’t sleep a wink last night’ 가 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요. Listen carefully.

I couldn’t sleep a wink last night

Mike: Ugh, I couldn’t sleep a wink last night.

Jason: Why not?

Mike: I just couldn’t stop thinking about the interview I’ll have on Friday. I’m so nervous.

Jason: Don’t be. You’ll be just fine.

본문에서 Mike가 “Ugh, I couldn’t sleep a wink last night. 어휴, 지난밤 한숨도 못 잤어.”라고 하자 Jason이 “Why not? 왜 못 잤는데?”라고 묻습니다. 이어 Mike가 “I just couldn’t stop thinking about the interview I’ll have on Friday. I’m so nervous. 금요일에 면접 볼 일이 계속 생각나서 긴장한 거 같아.”라고 하자 Jason이 “Don’t be. You’ll be just fine. 에이, 긴장 할 게 뭐 있어. 잘 할 거야.”라고 위로해 줍니다. Now keep today’s expression ‘I couldn’t sleep a wink last night’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

I couldn’t sleep a wink last night

Mike: Ugh, I couldn’t sleep a wink last night.

Jason: Why not?

Mike: I just couldn’t stop thinking about the interview I’ll have on Friday. I’m so nervous.

Jason: Don’t be. You’ll be just fine.

오늘의 표현은 I couldn’t sleep a wink last night입니다. 이 문장에서 wink는 아주 조금이라는 뜻입니다. the least bit과 같은 말인데요. 잠을 조금도 못 잤다는 말이니까 결국 ‘어젯밤에 한숨도 못 잤다, 뜬눈으로 밤을 새웠다.’ 라는 의미가 되는 거죠. The word ‘WINK’ means to open and close one eye quickly. Imagine if you are winking all night long. I’m pretty sure you would not be asleep. Maybe something is on your mind and it’s keeping you awake. If you couldn’t sleep a wink last night, it means that you couldn’t sleep at all. 오늘 본문에서 Mike가 며칠 안에 직장 면접이 있어서 그런지 어제 한숨도 못 잤다고 했죠. “Ugh, I couldn’t sleep a wink last night.”라고요. 그럼 예문을 통해 오늘 표현에 대해 더 자세히 알아보겠습니다. “I was tossing and turning in bed because I couldn’t sleep a wink last night”라고 하면 “간밤에 잠 한숨 못 자고 몸을 뒤척였어.”라는 뜻이 됩니다. 또 다른 예문을 들어 보겠습니다. “I couldn’t sleep a wink last night because of my stomachache.”라고 하면 “어제 배탈이 나서 한잠도 못 잤어요.”라는 뜻이 됩니다. 이 표현 잘 기억하시고요. 오늘의 대화를 마지막으로 들어보겠습니다. Now that you know what today’s expression means, let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

I couldn’t sleep a wink last night

Mike: Ugh, I couldn’t sleep a wink last night.

Jason: Why not?

Mike: I just couldn’t stop thinking about the interview I’ll have on Friday. I’m so nervous.

Jason: Don’t be. You’ll be just fine.

Let’s review what we have learned today. If you couldn’t sleep a wink last night, it means that you couldn’t sleep at all. I COULDN’T SLEEP A WINK LAST NIGHT. Now try using this expression on your own. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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