I Can’t Sleep on Planes [Phrasal Verb: Doze Off]

I Can’t Sleep on Planes [Phrasal Verb: Doze Off]

In today's video, Tim talks about his trip to the States and why he can't sleep on airplanes. Learn how to use the phrasal verb "doze off".

No vídeo de hoje, o Tim conversa sobre a sua viagem para os Estados Unidos, e porque ele não consegue dormir em aviões. Aprenda a usar o phrasal verb "doze off".

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Hey, it's Tim from www.domineingles.com.br. It's been a ________ again. My son Stephen and I, and my sister Lisa, and her daughter Melissa were in the States for a ___________ of weeks. We were taking care of Stephen's and Melissa's American documents. But now we're back. So I wanted to tell you a little about my trip, and one of the things I wanted to talk about is airplanes. Boy, are they _______________ ! We flew from São Paulo to Detroit, and then from Detroit to New York. And the flight to Detroit took about 10 and a half hours; and I just couldn't sleep! I _________  ______ every now and __________ , but the maximum (for) 10 or 15 minutes.
And that's the phrasal verb I wanted to talk about today: doze off. "Doze off" means to sleep ____________ for a little while, maybe a few seconds, maybe a few minutes, and usually during the day.
So tell me about you. When do you doze off? Or WHERE do you doze off? I hope you don't doze off at your desk at work. And how about on planes? Do you sleep? Can you sleep all night, or do you just doze off every now and then? OK. Go to our site and participate there, and let's use this phrasal verb "doze off; and then in future messages, I'll tell you a little bit more about our trip; ok? It's good to see you again. Bye bye!


SCRIPT WITH TRANSLATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS

Hey, it's Tim from www.domineingles.com.br. It's been a while again. My son Stephen and I, and my sister Lisa, and her daughter Melissa were in the States for a couple of weeks. We were taking care of Stephen's and Melissa's American documents. But now we're back. So I wanted to tell you a little about my trip, and one of the things I wanted to talk about is airplanes. Boy, are they cramped! We flew from São Paulo to Detroit, and then from Detroit to New York. And the flight to Detroit took about 10 and a half hours; and I just couldn't sleep! I dozed off every now and then, but the maximum (for) 10 or 15 minutes.

  • it's been a while = faz um tempo
  • for a couple of weeks = por algumas semanas
  • taking care of = cuidando
  • we're back = voltamos/estamos de volta
  • Boy, are they...! = Puxa, como são...!
  • cramped = apertado(s)
  • fly-flew-flown = verbo voar
  • flight = vôo
  • the flight took about 10 and a half hours = o vôo durou umas 10 horas e meia
  • doze off = (ver explicação e tradução abaixo)
  • every now and then = de vez em quando

And that's the phrasal verb I wanted to talk about today: doze off. "Doze off" means to sleep lightly for a little while, maybe a few seconds, maybe a few minutes, and usually during the day.

  • sleep lightly = dormir um sono leve
  • for a little while = por um pouco de tempo
O que significa o phrasal verb ‘doze off’? Como se diz “doze off" em português? Qual é a tradução de " doze off"? What does "doze off" mean? What is the meaning of "doze off "?

  • doze off = cochilar, adormecer (principalmente quando você não tem a intenção de dormir naquele momento)

So tell me about you. When do you doze off? Or WHERE do you doze off? I hope you don't doze off at your desk at work. And how about on planes? Do you sleep? Can you sleep all night, or do you just doze off every now and then? OK. Go to our site and participate there, and let's use this phrasal verb "doze off; and then in future messages, I'll tell you a little bit more about our trip; ok? It's good to see you again. Bye bye!

  • I'll tell you a little bit more about our trip = eu vou te contar um pouco mais sobre a nossa viagem
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34 comments “I Can’t Sleep on Planes [Phrasal Verb: Doze Off]”

I usually doze off after lunch on Sundays.. 🙂

That’s a good time to doze off, Anderson! I often do the same. 🙂

Timmmmmmmmm, finally! “A bad penny always turns up”! Ok, I’m kidding. 🙂

I missed you. How long! My inbox was soooo joyless without your daily messages! Ha! 

Anyway, I’m glad you’re ok. You didn’t get me at this time! *evil* munhahahahaha

I learnt this one from your “Phrasal Verbs that Begin with the Letter D”. 🙂

Cool, Aryel! Yeah, “bad pennies” are “a dime a dozen”. haha So glad you remembered the phrasal verb from our story! Thank you for participating here!

Hi Tim, I am glad to hear from you again !
I doze off every day betwen 7 to 9 PM. Because I prefer to study after 10 PM until 2 AM.

See you soon

Romar   

Hello, Romar! Thank you for your comment! Glad to see you here! As I explained above, answering Vagner’s question, if it is something you have the intention to do, you might prefer to use “take a nap” (as in “I take a nap every evening between 7 to 9 p.m.”) If you accidentally fall asleep for a brief period because you are very tired, you can say you “doze off”.

I have to confess that I ever dozed off at my work hehehe
But I took care in order my boss didn’t catch me out.
Sometimes, after lunch, It’s extremely difficult to stay waked up.
Bye, Thank you for this cool lesson! =)

Hey, Ciro! Here is a list of the top 10 things to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk. 🙂

10. “They told me at the blood bank this might happen.”

9. “This is just a 15 minute power-nap like they raved about in the last time management course you sent me to.”

8. “I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!”

7. “This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!”

6. “I was testing the keyboard for drool resistance”

5. “Actually I’m doing a “Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan” (SLEEP) I learned it at the last mandatory seminar you made me attend.

4. “I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work related stress.”

3. “Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.”

2. “I wasn’t sleeping, I was trying to pick up contact lens without hands.”

1. “Amen”

Hi, Tim
I used to doze off on the bus When I lived in Sao Paulo. I had to get up too early in the morning, about 5 a.m., to go to work, and I had to go to school at night, it finished at 11 p.m. Many times I woke up hitting my head on the bars or somebody’s shoulders. LOL. What is the difference between “doze off” and “taking a nap”? thanks see you

Hello, Vagner! At least you could sleep a little on the bus. I’m sure that helped some.

Thank you for asking about the difference between “doze off” and “take a nap”. Actually, “doze off” has the connotation of sleeping when you do not really mean to necessarily [você não tem, necessariamente, a intenção de dormir]. “Take a nap” simply means to sleep shorty during the day (with intention).

I doze off while I am watching a boring film.
God bless you and Take care!
Conceição

I usually do, too, Conceição. That’s why I try to avoid boring movies. 🙂

Hi Tim! Welcome back! I have missed receiving your messages over the past couple of weeks!

Talking about dozing off, I really hate it when it happens! Most of the time I´ll doze off while watching a movie (even at the cinema!) or the news on TV. I end up missing out on the best parts, it´s so irritating, but sometimes I can’t help it! I also hate travelling by plane! I find it very hard to sleep during the trips, I don’t feel comfortable or relaxed enough… This is one of the main reasons for giving up the idea of travelling abroad, really! Well, this is it! Cheers!

Hi, Evna! Thank you for your message. It’s too bad that your dislike of planes keeps you from traveling abroad, Evna. Maybe you could take something (not too strong) to help you sleep. I tried “pasalix”, but it only made me drowsy for about 20 minutes or so. 🙂

The people of Mexican doze off every day, after lunch.

True. They call is a “siesta”, I believe. Right?

Hello! I’m glad to see you again. Congratulations for you on TEACHER’S DAY. Sorry I’m late, I think I dozed off a few days kkkkkkkkkkk

Thank you, M. Liber! You made my day! 🙂

Well, I usually doze off when I’m watching TV with my kids at night. They always look at me and ask: Mom are you sleeping? kkkkkkkkkk

I know how that is, Renata. My kids don’t like me to sleep when we’re watching TV together, either. 🙂

Hi Tim. Nice you are back ! It’s a pleasure to keep up your website and learn phrasal verbs which are my favorite part of learn English. I always doze off after have lunch.  

A hug, and thanks for sharing your knowledge and tips with us.

Hello, Thayse! You’re a girl after my own heart! 🙂 I love to teach phrasal verbs!

I always feel like dozing off after lunch, too, although I’m not always free to do so.

Thank you for participating!

Dearest Tim,

Truth to be told, it may be hard to believe it, but I do enjoy dozzing off at the barber shop when I’m having a haircut: it’s very relaxing. Besides, being in a waiting room longer than expected, makes me doze off easily. Cheer you Always.

I do the same, Carlos. There’s something that makes you drowsy sitting in a barber chair and hearing the sound of scissors…

Glad to hear from you.
I usually dozze off when I´m waiting for a doctor´s appointment, it takes them very long to attend us!!

But, can I use the phrasal “drop off” as well?

Yes, I get very sleepy in waiting rooms, too!

You can use “drop off”, but it really means “to fall asleep”. “Doze off” gives the impression of sleeping temporarily when you did not necessarily plan to.

Dear Tim, glad to see you again after vacation!
I always doze off when my wife wants to discuss the marriage, the relationship…
I hope she doesn’t read this post, kkkkk.
A big hug to you.

We’ll keep it a secret then. Just between you and me… and everyone here in the community… hahaha

I missed your messages, well come back!!!!

Thanks, Aparecida! Glad to be back!

I agree! How cramped and unconfortable are the airplanes ! I use to fly to Australia every year, where my daughter lives for a long time. It’s a very, very long trip and I always arrive there so tired because I never can sleep on the planes. Like you I just doze off now and then… At home I sometimes doze off while watching TV or reading a boring book. But, when it happens, I go to my confortable bed to sleep and dream! Nothing better …zzzzzzzz…

Thank you for participating, Laura! I can’t imagine how unconfortable it would be to take a trip to a place like Australia! It’s probably two times longer than a trip to the States; am I right?

Yes, 21 hours to arrive there, from Rio de Janeiro ! A very hard trip, but I can say that’s worthile to stay sometime together with my grandchildren… and Australia is a very good place to live !

A 21-hour trip is surely worth it – especially to see your grandchildren!