IELTS Speaking Part 1 Boredom or being bored has come out in the recent IELTS Speaking Test. When talking about boredom, learn how to use some collocations or topic vocabulary to be able to get an excellent mark on your Lexical Resource. You surely can do it!




What kinds of things are boring to you? / What kinds of things make you feel bored?


(Answer 1) 


Well, reading thick novels or watching movies that are completely uninteresting, waiting for someone for such a long period of time, queueing, and heavy traffic. If I’m in this situation, I can’t help myself (unable to control my action) but feel so frustrated because my time is only wasted. So, as much as possible, I make sure not to be involved in any of those cases. My life is just so good to deal with boredom. (Laughter)


(Answer 2)


I don’t easily get bored as I’m a very patient person, however, if I talk to someone who can’t handle conversations or doesn’t make any effort to converse, then that’s the time that I get bored.  Other than that (apart from that), I can deal with those things that are boring to some people. 


(BONUS Answer)

I’m the kind of person whose patience cannot be stretched for long so things such as queuing at the bank, listening to long speeches without any interaction from the audience, and tasks that are repetitive like paying bills. I try to avoid being in any of these situations as I don’t want my time to go to waste.



Queue [used as a verb in the answer] – forming a line to wait for something or someone

Repetitive [adjective] – to do things again and again

Patience cannot be stretched – it means one’s patience has reached its limit; it can no longer be extended

I don’t want my time to go to waste – it means I don’t want my time to be wasted or not used in a productive way



I’m the kind of person whose patience … –  “Whose” is used as a possessive form usually used before a noun. It simply signifies who owns something.

Such as queuing…, listening to …, paying bills – the rule of parallelism is applied here all have the -ing ending on those verbs



Stretched [strecht]

Queuing [kyoo-ing]

Speeches [speechIz]


The first sentence is the enumeration of the things that make me bored which is the direct answer to the question. The second sentence is the personal reaction to those activities and what I could do in order not to be in that situation. The two sentences are connected with each other.



What will you do when you feel bored?


(Answer 1)


If I’m at home, I simply take a nap to refresh my mind or recharge my batteries. However, if I’m outside like I’m stuck in traffic, I just listen to music or read something on my smartphone because normally I can’t do anything in those situations. I try my very best not to get irritated because it’ll only make my day bad. 


(Answer 2)


Well, feeling bored is normal, we all feel that from time to time so I don’t normally take it seriously as I don’t want to get upset. Anyway, I just do something that would change my mood. For example, if I talk to someone who is boring, I change the topic or I just politely leave. Or if I’m waiting for someone at a mall and that person is extremely late, I just eat something in a restaurant to make myself better. 



(BONUS Answer)

Well, since I’m a bookworm, I usually read novels, especially those that are romantic as they make me feel thrilled. Also, I often binge-watch some Netflix shows, I can actually do that for hours and hours. These are my ways to kill boredom.




Bookworm – [noun] a person who devotes time to reading

Thrilled – [adjective] feeling of excitement

Binge-watch – [verb] watching several episodes of TV programs or different movies in succession by means of DVD or digital streaming

for hours and hours – for a long time

kill boredom – to put an end to


Adjectives with -ed endings (thrilled; bored) are used when talking about feelings.

Adjectives with -ing endings (thrilling; boring) are used when talking about situations.



Binge-watching [binj]



The first line is a direct answer to the question. The second line is an additional idea that supports the first idea given. 


Do you think going to school is boring?


(Answer 1)


Absolutely not! It’s fun going to school as we get to meet new people, learn some things which can help us develop ourselves, interact with teachers or students who have great minds, and we get to join some competitions or some student activities that promote holistic (entirety) development. I think those people who believe that schools are boring are indolent (lazy) or don’t have an interest in going to school at all. 


(Answer 2)


I think not all the time but sometimes. It’s sometimes boring because some teachers are kind of boring. For instance, they don’t have the energy to teach students or their teaching strategies are too conventional (traditional). Aside from that, schools are sometimes boring, especially when the administrators are too controlling with their students, that is, students can’t completely express themselves because the school regulations restrict them. 


Do you feel more bored now than when you were young?


(Answer 1)


I think so because I’m a bit of an impatient person. As I said earlier, I hate waiting for someone, queueing, being stuck in traffic, and things like that (things similar to those you’re discussing). In the past, especially during my childhood days, I was completely different. I don’t think I knew about boredom during those times as all I wanted was to play and have fun with my friends. I think there weren’t any dull moments back then. 


(Answer 2) 


Considering my responsibilities as an adult, I can’t be bored. Hahaha! I should have the energy and motivation to work and I never allow myself to get bored with my work because I have bills to pay. Well, when I was a kid, I got easily bored and I threw tantrums (to lose temper in a noisy and uncontrolled way) from time to time because I was just a child. I didn’t know how to control myself then. 






Do you think that young people these days get bored easily?


Based on my observation, not at all. Nowadays, young people have so many ways to make themselves entertained such as surfing the net, chatting or socializing with their friends on social media platforms, partying, and filming their own selves hoping to get famous, things like that. It seems to me that the young generation doesn’t really know what boredom is.



***Natural expressions***

Based on my observation – using this makes you sound really natural as it is commonly used in English conversation when expressing what is happening around you

It seems to me that… – used to say that something appears to exist or be true

Surfing the net – browsing some sites online

Chatting/socializing on social media – exchanging messages using social media platforms such as Facebook, Line,






Nowadays [nou-uh-deyz]

Those [th ohz]


The first sentence is a direct answer to the question which is followed by the enumeration of activities that stop people from feeling bored. The final sentence is a reflection after considering how young people entertain themselves to avoid the feeling of boredom.


This topic BOREDOM has also appeared in IELTS Speaking Part 2 with the task DESCRIBING A TIME WHEN YOU GOT BORED WHEN YOU WERE WITH OTHERS, please check this link


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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