Describe a time when you got up early

Describe a time when you got up early

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By Dhruv K. Mangukia

Describe a time when you got up early – IELTS Speaking topic

This is a task 2 question. I have included sample content to speak for 2 minutes, some of the follow-up questions as well as the vocabulary that I have used in this sample content. I will be posting more sample answers based on the availability of time.

Describe a time when you got up early – Full question with bullet points

  • When was it
  • Why did you get up early
  • What did you do after getting up
  • How did you feel about it

Sample answer to speak for 2 minutes

The number of days when I woke up at the crack of dawn has been few and far between. Also, starting my day at the first blush of sunlight is really challenging for me because I am not an early bird. I would consider myself more of a nocturnal being. In fact, my friends and family members call me a night owl. That said, there has been a couple of days that I could think of when I had to wake up in the wee hours. Here I would like to speak about one such day. This was the one following November 8, 2016, when our honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announced demonetization. It took me about 30 minutes to freshen up and get through my morning routine after waking up. After that, I left my residence on my bicycle. Fortunately for me, on that day the weather was a bit cold and not shivery. Soon I reached my destination and I was standing in a queue outside the bank just like my fellow Indian brothers and sisters to deposit the old currency notes. I only had about 4000 rupees, but they were all in 1000 denominations. Initially, I was feeling a bit sleepy. But then, as my day progressed, I got to be a part of a group discussion where people in the queue were expressing their point of view on demonetization being a bold and impactful decision for the Indian economy. The individuals in this group praised his leadership skills and his ability to take quick decisions. The consensus was that he is a visionary leader. Anyways, it took me about 5 hours to deposit my money and by the time I reached my home, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was feeling exhausted while on the other I felt that I had accomplished a mammoth of task since I no longer had to worry about my old currency notes. The one thing that I still remember from that day is the serenity and stillness that I experienced before the world fully stirs.

Follow-up questions for describe a time when you got up early

Do you know anyone who likes to get up early?

Oh yes. The one person that I know who is an absolute lark is my mom. My dad on the other hand is not a morning person. But I feel like waking up early is more of a need than a personal preference.

Why do people get up early or Why do people wake up early?

There could be multiple reasons that motivate individuals to wake up at the crack of dawn. Professionals might have some office meetings that they need to attend or in the case of children where they have to catch a bus to go to school. These are the only scenarios that I could think of right now.

What kind of situations need people to arrive early?

There are a couple of scenarios that can be considered. For example, in the case of travelers and tourists, when they have to catch a bus or train in the early hours, students writing their exams, or adults going out on a coffee date. I would also like to mention someone like my mom who prefers to finish all her daily chores at the earliest.

Why do some people like to stay up late?

The trend these days is that people like to browse their social media up to late night. Also, movie buffs prefer to watch movies in the calm hours of the night. For some individuals, it could be their working hours that refrains them from going to bed early.

What are the benefits of waking up early?

The early morning hours are usually serene and there’s no one around to disturb the early birds. Also, starting the day early enables an individual to plan their daily activities and stay on top of things because of the headstart that they get.

Why do children and youngsters generally wake up late?

Some of the reasons that motivate an individual to wake up early are professional commitments and responsibilities. Since children and jobless youth have neither of those, they really don’t have a reason to wake up early. Also, these days it’s a trend that people are actively browsing social media up to late at night, which makes it impossible for them to wake up early.


Lark – People who wake up early, plan their activities for the day, and go to bed early in the evening.

The crack of dawn – a time very early in the morning.

Serenity – The state of calm, peaceful, and being untroubled.

Early bird – A person who rises, arrives, or acts before the usual or expected time.

Night owl – A person who is habitually active or wakeful at night.

Nocturnal – Occurring or active at night.

Few and far between – infrequent

Wee hours – Early morning

The first blush of sunlight – Early morning


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