IELTS Speaking Part 1 Boredom or being bored has come out in the recent IELTS Speaking Test. This is not one of the common topics that examinees usually get. 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 will you do when you feel bored?


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. 


What kinds of things make you feel bored?

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 a 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.


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, filming their own selves hoping to get famous, things like those. 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,




Things like those not things like that

-More often than not, students get used to using ‘things like that’ after enumerating several things, that are not right. We use ‘things like that’ when we only give a single example, if we give more, then ‘things like those’ should be used.



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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