01 September 2014

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

It's Monday! How many of you feel like this in the morning?

to be up = to be out of bed, though sometimes we aren't necessarily awake...LOL

gonna = colloquial form of "going to"

I, on the otherhand, I'm a morning person. You could also call me an early bird. Another term for some who likes to get up early in the morning is a lark (une allouette). 

I love the mornings and the famous American, Benjamin Franklin, used to say, "The early bird gets the worm." Another famous expression of his is, "Early to bed, early to wise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

The opposite of a lark is a night owl. Some of you are evening people and prefer staying up late. Sometimes, we are obliged to stay up late because we have a lot of work to do or because you waited till the last minute to do a job. If you do this, you are burning the midnight oil, a reference to the days when we use oil burning lamps. 

Some of you function as equally well in the morning as in the evening. If you are one of these, you are called a hummingbird (un colibri)

Here are some online articles from the web about this topic. Use your dictionaries to learn more vocabulary on this subject while you read these texts. You can also take a quick quiz to find out what kind of person you are.

Quiz: Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl?

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