Rip van Winkle and the Revolutionary War [phrasal verb: sleep through something]

Rip van Winkle and the Revolutionary War [phrasal verb: sleep through something]

In today's talk, Tim tells the story of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving and teaches us the phrasal verb "sleep through something".

Sleep Through Something


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Hello! This is Tim Barrett.
Have you ever heard the story of Rip Van Winkle?
Rip Van Winkle is the main ________ in a story by the famous American author Washington Irving published in 1819.

In the story, Rip Van Winkle is trying to _____  _____ from his wife who is constantly _______ him; so he goes up into the mountains with his dog. There are other details to the story; but to make a _____ story ______ , he ends up falling ________ in the mountains and wakes up 20 years later. When he returns to the village, he finds that everything has changed. His wife has ______  ______ , and he doesn’t recognize anyone in the village anymore.

And what’s even more bizarre is that he actually ______  __________ the whole American Revolutionary War (which was the war fought between Great Britain and the 13 original colonies which later became the United States of America). Since Rip Van Winkle doesn’t know anything about the war, he gets into __________ by declaring his allegiance to King George III (the king of England). Finally, his now-adult daughter recognizes him and ______ him _____ and saves him.

So that, in a few words, is the famous story of Rip Van Winkle.

In today’s story, I used the phrasal verb “sleep through something” when I said that Rip Van WInkle slept through the Revolutionary War . “Sleep through something” means to sleep while something big is happening and not be woken by the noise or the activity.

I had already taught you this phrasal verb before; do you remember?

Some time ago, I told you about the time a burglar jumped into our back yard. Our whole family got up and _______ ourselves ______ the main bedroom and called the police for them to come rescue us. There was a lot of noise and commotion, but my 6-year-old niece _______  __________ the whole ordeal.

So tell me about yourself. Tell me about a time you slept through something big. Maybe you slept through an interesting movie, or an important event, or a storm. I don’t know. Just tell me about it below. You can say something like this...
I slept through __(and here you can say what event you slept through)___ .
Or you can tell me about a big event that happened, and finish by saying…
But I slept through the whole thing.
Well, that’s my tip for today. I hope you liked it. Don’t forget to participate, and see you next time! Bye-bye!

O que significa o phrasal verb ‘sleep through something' Como se diz “sleep through something" em português? Qual é a tradução de "sleep through something"? What does "sleep through something" mean? What is the meaning of "sleep through something"?

  • sleep through something = dormir durante todo o acontecimento ou situação de importância

Script with Explanations

Hello! This is Tim Barrett.
Have you ever heard the story of Rip Van Winkle?
Rip Van Winkle is the main character in a story by the famous American author Washington Irving published in 1819.

  • character = personagem
  • author = autor
  • published = publicado

In the story, Rip Van Winkle is trying to get away from his wife who is constantly nagging him; so he goes up into the mountains with his dog. There are other details to the story; but to make a long story short, he ends up falling asleep in the mountains and wakes up 20 years later. When he returns to the village, he finds that everything has changed. His wife has passed away, and he doesn’t recognize anyone in the village anymore.

  • get away from = escapar de
  • nagging = implicando, pegando no pé
  • he goes up into the mountains = ele sobe até as montanhas
  • to make a long story short = para resumir a estória/história
  • he ends up falling asleep = ele acaba dormindo
  • he wakes up = ele acorda
  • return = voltar, retornar
  • he finds = ele descobre
  • everything has changed = tudo mudou
  • passed away = faleceu
  • he doesn’t recognize anyone = ele não reconhece ninguém

And what’s even more bizarre is that he actually slept through the whole American Revolutionary War (which was the war fought between Great Britain and the 13 original colonies which later became the United States of America). Since Rip Van Winkle doesn’t know anything about the war, he gets into trouble by declaring his allegiance to King George III (the king of England). Finally, his now-adult daughter recognizes him and takes him in and saves him.

  • bizarre = bizarro, esquisito, estranho
  • he actually slept through the war = ele de fato dormiu por toda a guera
  • later = mais tarde
  • became = tornou-se
  • since… = Já que…
  • he gets into trouble = ele se complica
  • allegiance = lealdade
  • king = rei
  • now-adult daughter = filha agora adulta
  • she recognizes him = ela o reconhece
  • she takes him in = ela o acolhe em sua casa
  • she saves him = ela o salva/resgata

So that, in a few words, is the famous story of Rip Van Winkle.

  • In a few words = em poucas palavras

In today’s story, I used the phrasal verb “sleep through something” when I said that Rip Van WInkle slept through the Revolutionary War .
“Sleep through something” means to sleep while something big is happening and not be woken by the noise or the activity.

  • while something big is happening = enquanto algo de grande importância está acontecendo
  • not be woken = não ser acordado
  • noise = barulho

I had already taught you this phrasal verb before; do you remember?

  • I had already taught you = já tinha lhe ensinado

Some time ago, I told you about the time a burglar jumped into our back yard. Our whole family got up and locked ourselves into the main bedroom and called the police for them to come rescue us. There was a lot of noise and commotion, but my 6-year-old niece slept through the whole ordeal.

  • some time ago = algum tempo atrás
  • burglar = ladrão
  • jumped into our back yard = pulou para dentro de nosso quintal
  • our whole family = nossa família inteira
  • got up [passado de “get up”] = levantou
  • we locked ourselves into the main bedroom = nos trancamos dentro do quarto principal
  • rescue = socorrer, resgatar, salvar
  • commotion = agitação, tumulto
  • niece = sobrinha
  • ordeal = experiência difícil

So tell me about yourself. Tell me about a time you slept through something big. Maybe you slept through an interesting movie, or an important event, or a storm. I don’t know. Just tell me about it below. You can say something like this...
I slept through __(and here you can say what event you slept through)___ .
Or you can tell me about a big event that happened, and finish by saying…
But I slept through the whole thing.
Well, that’s my tip for today. I hope you liked it. Don’t forget to participate, and see you next time! Bye-bye!

OTHER EXAMPLES:

My niece slept through the whole ordeal.
Minha sobrinha dormiu durante todo o incidente e "perdeu" a aventura. 🙂

I I slept through the storm last night. I didn't hear a thing.

I was so bored that I slept through the second half of the film.
(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

See also Minha sobrinha dormiu durante todo o incidente .

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17 comments “Rip van Winkle and the Revolutionary War [phrasal verb: sleep through something]”

Tomorrow, I Slept through the phone, because my friend was telling a bored thing.

You slept through a phone conversation! Lucky you! hehe

During weekdays I come back home by van and it takes an hour since I leave my work. It hasn’t been hard to me to sleep through the journey everyday…

You’re not the one driving, I hope. 🙂

Dear Tim, unfortunately, I’ve never had the chance to sleep through the ordeals I’ve been through. However, I know some fiction characters who did. The Hobbits in “Lord of the Rings”, right! The whole village slept through the war against the ring and its powers. Have a nice holiday! :o)

That’s true, Patricia! And interestingly enough, Mariza (see her comment) slept through the whole war, too! haha

When I and my brothers were children, we wake up with bedroom on fire. So to make a long story short. Finished energy, and my mother lit a candle, which fell on the carpet and caught fire. But thanks God nobody got hurt.

Did you sleep through that, Cida?! :O

I slept through the film The Lord of the rings.

Really, Mariza? Such an interesting movie?! 🙂

When I Was in Las Vegas, me and my husband went to see a Cirque du Soleil show’s, but we were very tired and unfortunately I slept through almost all the show.

What a pity, Vera! At least you found a nice place to rest. hehe

Hi timandtammy, i’m Jonathan, and i’m very happy to have discovered your website. Everytime my mother tells me off because i fool around too much, i sleep through the whole thing… hehe

Hello Tim! Well, I have many funny experiences, I have already slept through many films because every time I and my husband went to the cinema he had to choose the film, so to not argue with him I simply slept through it even in noisy ones.
As Magda I have already slept through the phone. And I think the worst experience is that I am twins mother, they are 1 year and almost every night they waked up in the middle of the night I was sleeping through, thanks God my husband got up to take care of them hehe…

It’s great when you “sleep through the night” – especially when your husband gets up and takes care of the twins for you. 🙂 I rarely sleep through movies, but my wife does all the time (like you). Maybe she has the same problem you do (not interested in the kinds of movies I like to watch). 🙂

I slept through this explanation. Just now, two years late, that I’m participating to this forum. LOL

You’re just like Rip van Winkle! haha So glad you woke up and decided to participate here. 😉 Thank you for your comment!