Learn English – When do you feel bored?

‘Mom, I’m bored!’ is a common complaint of children.  But adults also struggle with feeling bored at times.  In this video, I talk about what I find boring and when someone once noticed that I was a bored teacher!


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Hey there. What bores you? Have you felt bored during this pandemic? Is there a person whom you find boring? Let’s talk today about boredom. 

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Little kids often say, “Mommy, I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” But adults and teenagers get bored, too. So, what is boredom? Boredom is that feeling where nothing you can think of seems interesting. You don’t want to read a book. You don’t want to watch a movie. You don’t want to take a bike ride. Nothing seems interesting. You feel bored. 

Feeling bored, being bored is pretty common in life. I first remember feeling bored when I was nine years old.  Sunday afternoons were terrible in my family. My mother and grandmother would sit around reading the Sunday newspaper, from cover to cover. There was nothing to do. I’d say, “ Mom, I’m bored.” And she’d say, “Go out and play.” So, I would climb a tree and I don’t know what I would do, but I remember that feeling. And I did not like Sunday afternoons. 

A year later, we were living with my dad and I remember saying one day, “Pop I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”  And he said, “Oh, Maria, who can be bored when there’s so much to learn?” I never forgot that. And you know what? I think he’s right. I don’t get bored very often because I’m curious. There’s always something to learn. 

Well, what do people find boring? Some people find or think eating the same foods over and over is boring. But I don’t find that boring. I never get tired of eating chocolate or drinking coffee or red wine. I don’t get tired of bacon or eggs or meat or nuts. No, I’m fine eating some of the same foods every single day. 

Sometimes people find routine boring. They like each day to be different. But I like routine, having patterns, like getting up at the same time every morning or exercising at the same time or going to bed or studying or doing your work. I like routine.

But sometimes getting out of the routine, changing activities is good. It stimulates the mind. And after a break in routine, people have energy, I have energy. Every time we go on a trip and we come home, I am so glad to get back to my routine. I don’t find routine boring. 

Some people get bored at work, especially if they do the same kind of job over and over again. When I first started teaching French in a classroom, I used a textbook. I taught grammar and vocabulary. I did that for 10 years, that same method. One day, my boss, my supervisor came into my classroom and was very upset with me. She criticized everything. She said, “Maria, you look bored!” I was shocked, but you know what? She was right. Teaching grammar and vocabulary was boring. I didn’t know that my face, my body language showed that I was bored.

Thank God, I found a new way to teach second languages using comprehensible input and stories. I’ve taught now for 20 more years and I have never been bored teaching with this method. 

Do you ever find certain people boring? The kind of people I find boring are people who talk only about themselves. They never ask me a question. I like people. I am interested in people, but I like a back-and-forth conversation. That’s much more interesting. Those are the kinds of people I find boring.

I think the worst kind of boredom would be if you feel bored about life in general, nothing about life excites you. Sometimes that happens to old people. That’s sad. It would be awful to feel bored with your spouse, your partner. That would be painful. And then finally, I think having a job for your entire life that you found boring, that would be hard, that would be hard. 

But I’ll tell you something even worse to imagine is there might be somebody who finds me, Maria, boring. They might say, “Oh, I don’t like Maria. She’s such a boring person.” I would be horrified if somebody thought that.  Oh, well I can’t control what other people think.

What about you, what do you find boring? What bores you? Have you felt bored during the pandemic? I haven’t,  I’ve stayed busy. What kind of people do you find boring? Do you eat the same foods every day? Tell me about it. Tell me about your tolerance for boredom.

They say boredom is good for you because it allows your mind to think, and sometimes creative ideas come out of boredom. I’ll leave you with that thought. 

Remember if you’d like the transcript for today’s episode, just go to my website, www.englishwithoutfear.com. And there you’ll find the words to today’s episode and other transcripts. Well, I’m Maria from English without Fear. Talk to you next time.

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