Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 49: It’s bedtime – Part 1

Lili Normand
Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts

It is bedtime and you are tired! How would you tell your Spanish friend that you want to go to bed? In Spanish, there are several phrases you can use to express you want to go to bed.

“Es la hora de dormir” (ehs lah oh-rah deh dohr-meer)
This means “It’s bedtime.” Literally: “it is time to sleep.” If you feel the Spanish phrase it is too long, try to pronounce it slow and word by word.

Tengo sueño (tehng-goh sweh-nyoh)
This a very popular expression in Spanish. It means “I’m sleepy.” If you are watching TV and you are feeling tired and sleepy, you can say “tengo sueño.”

Me voy a dormir (mi boyh ah dohr-meehr)
If you want to say, “I’m going to sleep,” you can say “me voy a dormir.” People usually say these last two expressions when they want to go to bed: “tengo sueño, me voy a dormir.”

How are you feeling today? If you are feeling tired and sleepy at work, you can say “tengo sueño, I need a coffee.”

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