Dreams 2
Do you remember your dreams when you wake up? Do you think dreams affect life? Do dreams have special meanings? Do you like listening about other people’s dreams?
Vocabulary
  • Vivid (adj.) - vivid descriptions, memories, etc. produce very clear, powerful, and detailed images in the mind.
  • Memorable (adj.) - likely to be remembered or worth remembering.
  • Well-rested (adj.) - healthy and active after a period spent relaxing.
  • Lucid dream (noun) - a lucid dream is a type of dream where the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming.
  • To affect (verb) - to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause a change in someone or something.
  • Problem-solving (noun) - the process of finding solutions to problems.
To revolve (verb) - to move or cause something to move around a central point or line.
  • To assign (verb) - if you assign a characteristic or value to something, you say that it has it.
  • To dwell (verb) - to live in a place or in a particular way.
  • Straightforward (adj.) - easy to understand; clear.
  • The former - the first of two people, things, or groups previously mentioned.
  • The latter - the second of two people, things, or groups previously mentioned.
  • Have sth on your plate (idiom) - to have something, usually a large amount of important work, to deal with.
Questions and answers
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M: Rory, do you remember your dreams when you wake up?

R: Well, not usually, unless they've been particularly vivid or memorable. It's normally a case of going to sleep and then just waking up feeling well-rested. Oh, unless I've had lucid dreams, because then you can remember everything that you did in great detail, because you were actually in control.

M: Do you think dreams affect life?

R: Well, they probably reflect life more than they affect it, in my case. I remember someone arguing once that dreams are your brains' way of problem-solving. And the dreams I can recall in most detail revolved around something that was playing on my mind the day before. Does it affect my decision making in the real world, though? Not that I'm aware of. Usually, I'm quite conscious in my decision-making process.

M: Do dreams have special meaning?

R: I suppose they can, if you decide to assign some meaning to them. For me, it's more about getting sleep and resting my brain and getting up again. I don't really tend to dwell on dreams, or what they might mean for me. I can see how someone might believe otherwise. But in my case, it's rather straightforward.

M: Do you like listening to other people's dreams?

R: I haven't really had the chance, to be honest. Though, I suppose if someone really wanted to tell me then I'd find the time to hear what they had to say. It could be an interesting insight, but it's hard to say for sure. Because it doesn't happen to me very often.

M: Do you share your dreams with others?

R: Do you mean do we have the same dreams? Or do I talk to other people about them? So if it's the former, then sometimes I see people I know in my dreams, but we've never had the same experience, which makes sense because it's my brain that the dream is happening in. Or if it's the latter, then I don't usually see the point beyond saying I had a really weird dream about so and so, and that's it.
M: Do you want to learn more about dreams?

R: Not overly so. I have a lot of things on my plate right now that I need to study. And so I don't really see this as a great use of my time. Maybe if I had more time I'd feel differently but not right now.
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