IELTS Time When You Got Bored With Others: Study the sample monologue below about boredom. Part 2 talks about a certain time when you got bored with other people. Meanwhile, Part 3 asks random questions about boredom.

Get ideas from this post, learn how the monologue is developed, and study how the Part 3 questions are answered and discussed in an organized way. Good luck and aim for a band 9.0!









Describe a time when you got bored when you were with others

You should say:

  • When it was
  • What you did
  • Who you were with
  • And explain why you got bored



A N S W E R 


There was this one unforgettable experience of mine where I was bored to death and got so annoyed with the situation I was in. That was four years ago, back when I was still a high school student. 


We had an excursion to a local historical and science museum in our town. In that museum, we could see some artifacts, skeletons of some animals, well-preserved birds, and reptiles among others. Honestly, I visited that museum innumerable times ever since I was a primary schooler so I already knew what was inside that museum. I could even memorize each display. What’s worse was our house is just a few blocks from that museum, so it’s part of my everyday life to pass and see that museum. There was nothing new to me – you could imagine how terribly bored I was on that field trip visiting a place that I could always see every single day of my life.



Bored to death [idiom] – completely bored 

Annoyed [adj.] – irritated

Back when [expression] – in the past

Excursion [noun] – a short journey or trip

Artifacts [noun] – things or objects made by humans with cultural and historical interest 

Innumerable [adj.] – too many to be counted



i.) FIRST PARAGRAPH: The speaker started his story by recalling one specific event that happened in his life that made him terribly bored. Here, he didn’t immediately give his answer, he focused on developing his introduction in a very good way.  Also, he already used some very good expressions. It’s a great start!



ii.) SECOND PARAGRAPH: The speaker provided details in his introduction and started developing his story by recalling the event that he experienced. He explained the boring situation more by giving several details of the story that could make the examiner understand the situation better. It is a very well-organized part that immediately supports the introduction of his story. Make sure your story has enough details and organized it well in order for you not to confuse the examiner. 

Well, that happened before we had our summer break. If my memory serves me right, our teacher wanted to spend time with us through a short trip before we could wrap up the school year. She created a poll of which place we could visit. She gave us two choices – a museum or a botanical garden. Most of my classmates chose a museum which happened to be my choice too. However, we didn’t know which museum we would visit because our teacher did not tell us in the first place.


To cut a long story short, on the day of our field trip, I was taken aback when our teacher took us to the museum in our town. I got so upset and some of my classmates felt the same way as I did because we thought we could visit a museum that we had never visited before. If we had known, we wouldn’t have joined that excursion. Actually, that was a dead boring experience that me and my classmates would never want to talk about every time we have a reunion.





If my memory serves me right [expression] – If I remember it correctly

Wrap up [phrasal verb] – to finish or complete

Poll [noun] – election 

To cut a long story short [phrase] – is used to end an account of events of the story and focus on the important details 

Taken aback [phrase] – to be surprised or shocked 

Upset [adj.] – unhappy





i.) THIRD & FOURTH PARAGRAPH: The speaker added more details and those were the supplemental details of his story just to extend his answer a bit more and not to finish early. It’s always good to talk for two minutes because that is your chance to showcase your language skills to your examiner. It’s much better when the examiner stops you because it means that you have already consumed your time. If possible speak more in Part 2 but make sure you achieve coherence. 

ii.) Notice that the speaker used a third-conditional tense, this can surely help him get a better mark in the criterion, Grammar and Accuracy. The use of conditional tenses, especially the third conditional can help you boost your mark in Grammar, so practice using them in your sentences. 




Why do people get bored?


I believe it is human nature to become bored, boredom strikes us at some point in our lives. We are all humans capable of experiencing different kinds of feelings and being bored is one of those. Perhaps we just vary in terms of boredom threshold. There are some people who have a low boredom threshold that they cannot help themselves but easily get bored when they are not occupied, when they wait for someone even for a few minutes, or when they are in a queue.

These people are just impatient and there is nothing wrong with them, that is just the initial reaction to the unwanted situation that occurs in their life. Well, I speak from experience.




Human nature [noun] – the general psychological characteristics, feelings, and behavioral traits regarded as shared by all humans

Strike [verb] – hit

Boredom threshold [phrase] – the tendency to get bored very quickly

Occupied [adj.] – busy or active

Queue [noun] – a line or sequence of people waiting for their turn to be attended

Speak from experience [idiom] – to talk about something from a particular condition, position, a status that lends credibility to one’s words




i.) The speaker answered the question by acknowledging that feeling bored was normal to everyone and that’s just human nature. He explained that that’s just a part of being human. Then, he extended his answer by saying that people just differed in terms of boredom threshold and then gave some particular examples of situations that made them bored. Finally, he ended his answer by confirming that he too experienced those things. 

The speaker gave a very well-explained answer, coupled with examples. Also, the use of good expressions made him sound logical and natural. Always make sure to deliver a clear answer to avoid making the examiner confused. 



Why are some people less interested in reading books nowadays?



Well, it is no secret that people in this generation, especially the millennials are so engrossed with the use of internet technology. The internet offers a wide array of entertainment such as social media, online games, and video channels – to name a few that distracts them from cultivating an interest in reading books. 

This is a common issue that this generation is facing and it is a saddening truth because some people nowadays are becoming less and less sensible. I believe parents should encourage their children to read books at an early age so that when they become grown-ups, their love of reading remains and they will not be distracted very easily by the other forms of entertainment that do not add value to their lives. 




Millennials [noun] – people reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century

Engrossed [adj.] – so involved or interested in something 

Array [noun] – a range of particular types of thing

To name a few [phrase] – giving only these examples even though more could be cited

Cultivate [verb] – to develop

Sensible [adj.] – based on good judgment and practical ideas or understanding

Grown-ups [noun] – adults




i.) The speaker stated his opinion about the excessive use of internet technology as the main reason why people had no interest in reading books these days. He talked about the different forms of entertainment as the main culprit. He then ended his answer by sharing his reflection on parents’ responsibility in making their children read books at a young age. 


Notice how the development of the speaker’s answer – the first paragraph focused on the main issue or reason plus he cited some examples of entertainment that distracted people from reading. The second paragraph concentrated on talking about the current issue and his reflection on it. It is a very well-organized answer! Make sure your answers in Part 3 are organized to achieve Coherence.

Why do some people choose boring jobs?


I believe they are left with no other choice but to take those kinds of jobs in order to survive. Some people can never be selective in terms of jobs because they have families to feed. It is a do-or-die situation for them, as a result, they do tedious jobs. Take, for instance, the people living in third world countries, they barely have better job opportunities and for them to feed their hungry stomachs they take jobs which we perceive as boring however for them those kinds of jobs are a blessing.


So, the next time we see someone having a monotonous or boring job, we have to think that there is a big reason behind why he is doing that job. 



Selective [adj.] – choosy

Do or die [expression] – used to describe a situation in which you have to do something or you will fail 

Tedious [adj.] –  monotonous; boring

Third world country [phrase] – refers to a country that is developing

Barely [adv.] – almost not; only just





i.) The speaker gave a very direct to the point answer talking about people having no other choices in life. He provided a clear explanation and mentioned a realistic example that would support his argument best. Then, he ended his answer with a reminder that there’s always one good reason why people take some boring jobs. 

The speaker explained his answer very well – he was able to relate the question to the situation in some parts of the world. And that made his answer a well-explained or well-thought answer. Reading some current issues always pays off!



Do you think all the boring jobs are going to be done by robots in the future?



First, let me tell you what jobs I consider as boring because every one of us has our own biases in terms of labeling jobs that are tedious. For me, factory jobs, road maintenance jobs such as cleaning and paving, and typing jobs are boring to some extent. So, I believe these kinds of jobs can all be done by Artificial Intelligence or robots in the near future.

Well, actually, some factory jobs such as packing some foods are already done by robots. Factory owners prefer robots because of their preciseness, not to mention they can save so much from labor. So because of the advancement of technology, it will not be a surprise for us if one of these days all those aforementioned boring jobs will be done completely by robots. 




Bias [noun] – prejudice; unfairness

In terms of [phrase] – with regard to

Tedious [adj.] – monotonous

Pave [verb] – to cover or lay a road with concrete

Artificial intelligence [noun] – the ability of a computer program or a machine to think, learn and perform

Preciseness [noun] – being accurate

Not to mention [phrase] – in addition to

Aforementioned [adj.] – denoting a thing or person previously mentioned



i.) The speaker answered the question in a more specific way as the question was a bit vague about “all boring jobs”, he instead expressed his own thoughts about the jobs that he thought as boring. In that way, he could focus on talking about why those kinds of jobs needed to be done by robots. Identifying what boring jobs are could help him explain his answer more spontaneously than not identifying them. The speaker answered the question in a more strategic way and achieved coherence. 

Anyway, the topic of BOREDOM has also appeared in PART 1, please study it as well, check this link


And that’s all about IELTS Time When You Got Bored With Others recent topic! Now that you have good ideas for talking about boredom, develop your confidence and speak naturally. You can do it! 


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

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