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Hit the Hay
Hit the Hay English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘hit the hay’

Date: Nov 08 2016

Themes: Fashion, How To, Soap Opera

Grammar: The Unreal Past


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Each day can be a great day! You get up in the morning, feeling good. Then, you might exercise, put on some cool retro fashion, and go to work. Living through work can be difficult, but it should also make you happy. At the end of the day, you might eat dinner with your little sister or a good friend and then do some activities. Wow! Doing all of these things will make you tired. After a nice, full day, it’s time to hit the hay.

The expression hit the hay means go to bed or fall asleep. It comes from decades in the past when beds were made of hay, or strong grass. Hit the hay would mean put your body into bed. Today, beds are not often made with grass, but we still use this old expression. You might hear a friend say, “It’s time for me to hit the hay. Goodnight!”

Andy is trying to help Kelsey remember her dream. Learn what she was doing before she hit the hay in today’s English video.

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Andy_H:  So, the trick is to think of anything unusual that you may have done, or seen, or talked about before you hit the hay, and that should help you remember your dream.

Kelsey:  Yesterday was such a long day. Oh! I know! I was talking with Dominique and Sheila yesterday….

Dominique:  So, it’s my little sister’s birthday next week, and I can’t think of what to get her.

Sheila:  What’s she into? Does she like movies or music?

Dominique:  She is into the 1990s right now. She thinks it’s retro and cool.

Sheila:  Really? I’ve really never been into the 90s.

Dominique:  Yeah, me neither. She actually told me last week that she wishes she were born in the 80s so she could have lived through the 90s.

Kelsey:  Seems like kind-of a boring decade to be interested in.

Dominique:  Yeah, that’s what I think, but not my sister.

Sheila:  I mean, I guess it could be worse. If she were into the 70s, then she would be trapped in Andy’s cop dream that he had… That fashion!

Kelsey:  Right?!

Dominique:  No, thank you! I like the fashion in the 1920s… flapper skirts, jewelry…

Sheila:  That is really fun! I love the fashion of the 60s. Oh my gosh, put flowers in my hair any day.

Kelsey:  I think I’d pick the 80s. I like all the colors. Neon and fun! Plus, I like all the dance music of the 80s.

Kelsey:  And we talked about that for a little while.

Andy_H:  OK, great! Did that help you remember your dream?

Kelsey:  No, not really, but it was a fun conversation.

Andy_H:  OK. Well, did anything else happen before you hit the hay?

Kelsey:  That was about it. I went home and read a little while and then fell asleep.

Andy_H:  So, maybe it has to do with the 80s?

Kelsey:  It could, but I just don’t remember.

Andy_H:  We’ve got to get to the bottom of this!



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Andy is trying to help Kelsey remember her dream. He asks what she did before going to bed that night. Kelsey remembers that she was talking with Dominique and Sheila. They each talked about their favorite decade. Dominique loves the flapper fashion of the 1920s. Sheila likes the 1960s and wants flowers in her hair. Kelsey loves the 1980s because of the neon colors and great dance music.

Kelsey tells Andy all about her conversation with Dominique and Sheila. Andy asks if she can now remember her dream. Unfortunately, thinking about great retro fashion didn’t help Kelsey to remember. Andy thinks that her dream might be about the 1980s, since Kelsey likes that decade so much. Kelsey isn’t sure, but Andy wants to solve this mystery.

Which retro decade is your favorite? Why do you like this decade so much?



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United States

i used to massage my feet and do something  to release tension of the body before hit the hay

that really helps me to sleep well and feel so refresh when i wake up following morning

08:55 PM Nov 08 2016 |

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The time in Indonesia is 3:15 a.m, now.

I wish i were hit the day in 23:00 P.M.

But untill now, i can’t close my eyes..Insomnia is making me carzy…

08:23 PM Nov 08 2016 |

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gresanpu6981Super Member!


I wish I were born in the 40s, because I love the 60s.  I’d pick the hippie fashion. If I lived throught 60s I were living into hippie life… 

05:43 PM Nov 08 2016 |



Syrian Arab Republic

As I was born in the 80s I always miss the 90s because it was a simple life everything was more fun than now.

05:36 PM Nov 08 2016 |




ı want to hit the hay till she coMeS to me .

charlie chaplin sleeping with dog ile ilgili görsel sonucu


03:41 PM Nov 08 2016 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hit the hay

11:36 AM Nov 08 2016 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hit the hay

11:36 AM Nov 08 2016 |

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Hannahliu1Super Member!


I’m confused . “She wishes she had been born in the 80s.” What does it mean? Was she born in the 80s?

10:47 PM Nov 07 2016 |

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