IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #47 Describe an occasion you got up extremely early

Describe an occasion you got up extremely early You should say:
When this happened;
What you needed to do that day Who you were with;
And how you felt about getting up that early on that day

Sample Answer:

Let me talk about an occasion I got up extremely early, which happened in April this year. I was planning to take a business trip with a colleague. In that morning, I woke up early, at about 3 o’clock to get to the airport where we agreed to meet. I took a seat in the cafe bar in the airport and waited for him.
One hour soon passed, but he didn’t show up. I was beginning to worry a bit then, hoping he would not forget the business trip or wake up late. I made a telephone call to him, but could not put through, which made me more depressed. I had no ideas but made another telephone call to my superior and told him about my current situation, he told me to fly alone if my colleague didn’t get to the airport in time in the end.

To my surprise, after I hung up the telephone, I saw him entering the gate of the airport slowly. I asked him why he came to airport so late. He just said he never hurried to catch the airplane, and told me that I should take it easy. Oh, I doubted whether he lived near here.
Getting up early is really hard for me, but waiting for someone who doesn’t keep time is even harder. I really didn’t want to go on a trip with him next time.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do late working hours affect people’s sleep patterns? How are they affected?
    I suppose they might, but then it would really depend on the rest of the person’s daily routine. I mean, if the person normally works late at night but doesn’t have to get up early the next day – so it’s a regular routine – working late – sleeping late – then maybe they manage to sleep fine during the day and get enough sleep to rejuvenate themselves.After all, it’s what people who work shifts have to do all the time – they might work nights for a couple of weeks or even a month and then switch to daytime shifts. So they have to get used to sleeping at different times of day or night depending on their work pattern.But the important thing is that their routine is not irregular or changing every other day – it’s normally fixed for a period of time so that they can plan their life around it.
  2. Do you like studying late? Why?/Why not?
    Sometimes, yes. It depends if I’m studying something I’m really interested in or not. I can remember some nights when I was studying for my degree when I literally lost track of time and studied almost right through the night.When it’s a topic or subject that is interesting the time just flies by. But, there are also times when I had to study certain subjects that I didn’t find very interesting and those I usually left for the daytime, early in the morning when I felt I had more energy to concentrate on it.So it totally depends on what it is that I have to study. But when I do study late I quite enjoy the change in routine, and there is an added bonus – late at night there are less distractions because normally all my family are asleep and the house is nice and quiet.
  3. Why do you think some people like to study late at night?
    Well, as I said, one of the advantages that I found was that I was interrupted less, so maybe people like the fact that they have more peace and quiet to study late at night, they might like the fact that they’ve had time to relax a little after their day, have something to eat and shower and be feeling fresh and reenergized and ready to concentrate on studying.Some people might like it simply because it’s the only time of day they can actually find the time to focus and concentrate without other people always asking them something.In the evening or at night it’s usually easier to study for an extended period of time. During the day there tend to be many more things which have to be done or maybe you can only find short periods of time to study during the day before you need to be someplace else.
  4. Some places have fixed times of day and night and in other places it varies. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of both?
    I would guess that, for example, in Europe where the days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter there are various advantages, especially in the summer. You might be able to take advantage of the additional daylight hours after work to do some kind of sport oractivity outside with your family of friends or simply enjoy the summer evening outside in the garden.A disadvantage would be that the winter days are shorter with less sunlight, so you get up in the dark, go to work in the dark, and go home again in the dark in some cases. That would mean that for people who work inside all day they might not see much natural daylight except at weekends.As for places which have fixed times, well, I suppose an advantage would be that you don’t have to make any changes to your habits or adapt your routines to suit the seasonal changes as much. I mean, we just have a dry season and a wet season, but we don’t have to make much of an adjustment to the way we live. It’s still light at the same time every day and dark at the same time of night every day all year long.
  5. Other possible questions:
    Who usually get up early, young people or old people?
    Will working late at night influence the next day’s work?
    Do young Vietnamese stay up late at night?
    Is it easy to get up early for you?
    What do you do to guarantee a good sleep?
    Can you sleep well if there is noise around?

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