B: Hey. Why haven’t you been picking up? I’ve been trying to reach you for the past 3 hours. I guess you forgot our tennis match.
A: What time is it?
B: It’s already 9:30.
A: Really? I guess my 20 minute power nap turned into a good three hours. I even slept through my alarm.
B: What were you so tired from?
A: I only got 2 hours sleep last night. I felt fine all day but I just crashed as soon as I got in the door. Sorry about that. Let’s reschedule for tomorrow.
Phrases and Vocabulary used:
Picking up: In this context, “picking up” refers to answering the telephone.
I just called him but he didn’t pick up.
Reach: If you say you were trying to “reach” someone it means you were trying to “contact” them. Reach is more common in casual spoken English. It’s a little less formal than “contact”.
Power nap: A power nap is a very short nap (sleep). Sometimes people don’t have a lot of time to take a nap but they really need a quick nap. We call this a power nap.
Good three hours: A “good” three hours means “at least 3 hours”.
How long is the flight from Toronto to L.A.? I think it’s a good three and a half hours.
Slept through my alarm: If you don’t hear or don’t pay attention to your alarm clock when it goes off, we call this sleeping “through” your alarm.
I only got 2 hours sleep last night: In spoken English, we often say, “I only got 4 hours sleep”, not “I only got 4 hours of sleep”
Crashed: In this context, “crashed” means fell asleep. Sometimes crashed can mean felt really tired. I felt fine all morning in the office but crashed about an hour after lunch. I almost fell asleep at my desk.
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