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Getting Up Early
Getting Up Early

Learn English meaning of 'getting up early'

Date: Oct 24 2016

Themes: Health, Hobbies

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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Are you a morning person? A morning person is someone who feels good in the mornings. This kind of person can wake up at the crack of dawn and feel energized. In fact, they might not even need to set an alarm clock. Some people wake up naturally when the sun comes up. A morning person might use their mornings to exercise, write, meditate, or work on a life goal.

And then, there’s the night owl. A night owl is a person who likes to stay up late and sleep in the next morning. This kind of person feels best at night. In the morning, they feel cranky and out of it. Sometimes, a night owl wants to become a morning person. This can be difficult! It takes a few weeks (and maybe, lots of caffeine) to get used to getting up early.

Kelsey and Gary got up early today. Listen to this English lesson to discover who is a morning person… and who is not!


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Gary:  Kelsey, it’s going to be a great day.

Kelsey:  No, it’s not. It’s so early.

Gary:  I know, it’s Saturday! It’s great! It’s 6 o’clock in the morning.

Kelsey:  Why couldn’t I have just slept in?

Gary:  Well, you know that getting up early is one of the best things you can do, right?

Kelsey:  I don’t buy it. I’m so cranky, I’m exhausted and out of it. I don’t understand this getting up at the crack of dawn thing.

Gary:  Well, it takes a little while to get used to. You set your sleep cycle to wake up at the same time every day, like, every day. You can’t sleep in on the weekends.

Kelsey:  Really?

Gary:  You wake up, you’ll feel more alert. You’re going to be energized for the day to go and do things. You know, OK, at this time I’m waking up, and I’m going to go do stuff. So, you’re not going to be cranky because you’re used to it. It’s your normal routine now.

Kelsey:  OK, but do you have to have caffeine in order to be this energized?

Gary:  Some people do, yes. I do not. I don’t drink any caffeine.

Kelsey:  So, this is just natural.

Gary:  Yeah, I’m ready to go.

Kelsey:  Wow. Well, I can try it, but I’m honestly pretty nervous about it.

Gary:  Would you call yourself a morning person?

Kelsey:  No, I like to sleep in. Getting up early is hard.

Gary:  So, maybe you should stay up really, really late then, and wake up late. Maybe, that would be better for you.

Kelsey:  I guess. I mean, that’s what I do now.

Gary:  Would that affect work?

Kelsey:  I don’t know. I’ll try it for a few days, and I’ll let you know.

Gary:  Cool.

Kelsey:  OK.


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Poor Kelsey! It’s 6 AM! Gary wants her to become a morning person, and she’s not feeling very happy about it. In fact, she’s exhausted. She’s out of it. All she really wants to do is to sleep in a little longer. Getting up at the crack of dawn is not something Kelsey can get used to doing.

Poor Gary! It’s 6 AM! He’s energized and ready for the day, but Kelsey is being cranky. Gary’s sleep cycle is set to wake him up early, even on the weekends because he likes to use his mornings to go do stuff. He doesn’t even need caffeine to feel awake. Gary’s problem now, though, is making Kelsey love mornings too. Maybe, she can try getting up early for a few days?

Are you a morning person? How often do you wake up at the crack of dawn?



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I am not the morning person, and believe it or not, I never get up at the crack of the dawn. I need to get up before 8am every morning due to the work. Every morning, I feel exhausted and out of it. So, I am kind of envy of the morning person for their energized looks in the early morning.

02:22 AM Dec 07 2016 |




Aaaa. Well!!!. 

I’m someone a bite more moderated and flexible with sleeping and waking up hours. In fact, I can wake up one day soon and the other day late regarding my agenda and situations. But normally, I do like to wake up not at the crack of dawn, but soon enough. It makes me I feel good and start my new day with high energy. I found myself nothing when I sleep-over especially if i get used to that. I might wake up for a few days late specifically in the weekend, nevertheless I’m definitely a morning person. 

Being a morning person and watching my Shamani when she is snorkeling makes me to laugh in the morning. I starts my day always with smile and I do believe it will go on. In addition that, I feel so happy in the morning of each day that I’ve taken one day more to live with my family, share my moments beside them and love them. I’m pretty sure u r too. 

09:02 PM Nov 06 2016 |



I like to wake up early to see the sunrise. And the whole day is yours.You can reach so much and a lot of work can be handle. But independtly from liking to get up early; for me it is more important to sleep 7- 8 hours to have energy for the day- so when I go early to bed I can wake up early and I will be full of energy. Sometimes to be a night owl is enjoyable as well. Good night.

08:54 PM Nov 06 2016 |



I think I am a morning person because I must get up at 7Am from Monday to Friday for work, actully I perfer to sleep in for a little while that makes me feel energized. In the workday, I get snap for one hour after lunch then I feel comfortable.

09:06 AM Oct 25 2016 |




The people who getting up early are died early :P they feel all cranky during their short life.I care about you and everyone The life is beautiful not to get up at the crack of dawn

12:16 AM Oct 25 2016 |

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I am not a morning person but I want to be. But this snooze button makes it diffcult.

06:22 PM Oct 24 2016 |

La Princesse de la vie


I’m sadly not a morning person, but I hope to be soon. Getting up late at noon unintentionally makes me cranky because I miss a lot of things I could have done in the morning like exercising, studying, doing some chores and other things. I wish I could wake up at the crack of dawn some day and make it a long-lasting habit.

03:16 PM Oct 24 2016 |



Early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy and wise. You might be a morning person or a late owl, depending on your biological clock. But it would be better to get up early in summer and a bit later in winter. In other words, you act yourself in conformity with the laws of nature as an element of the Universe. May God bless you all!


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honestly i am not one of them

however i have work at the morning thats why i waked up

at 4;30 AM ):

i love the morning without work

i love to spend it with enjoying on the beach etc ..

06:56 AM Oct 24 2016 |




I hate getting up at the crack of dawn. I feel sleepy and out of it when getting up early. I am certain that I am not a morning person. ;(

02:09 AM Oct 24 2016 |

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