Describe a time when you felt bored


Describe a time when you felt bored


Describe a time when you felt bored.

You should say
When it was?
Who you were with?
What you were doing?
Why you felt bored?

NOTE – The examiner gives you one minute to plan your answerand to help you prepare for the topic, the examiner provides you with a pencil and a notepad. You’ll have to answer the questions given on the topic for one-to-two minutes

Sample Answer


  • Being a workaholic person, I feel happy whenever I remain busy.
  • However, I feel bored whenever I have to sit idle.

When it was?

  • Last year due to the corona pandemic, the government of my country imposed a strict lockdown.
  • Due to that, I had to sit at home for six months.
  • The first three months of that period were monotonous for me.

Who you were with?

  • My parents and my younger sister was there with me during that period,

What you were doing?

  • Since I was not allowed to go out of my township, I spent most of the time inside the township.
  • I would play games on my computer, watch web series, and eat a lot.
  • In short, I became a couch potato.

Why you felt bored?

  • The preponderant reason for feeling bored was that I did not have too much productive work to do.
  • When we move from our home for any purpose, our life becomes dynamic.
  • Because we get a chance to meet a lot of people, from whom we learn new things.
  • Then we try those things and add dynamism to our lives.
  • Whereas when we sit at home, our life becomes mundane.,because we do not get a chance to experience new things.
  • By performing the same tasks every day, we get into a vicious circle, often finding it difficult to get out of that.
  • The same happened to me. For the first few days, the leisure time I had was a blessing for me.
  • But later on, it turned out to be a nightmare.
  • So that period of six months can be termed as the most boring time of my life.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to the cue card “Describe a time when you felt bored”.

Q1. When do people feel bored?

There are many reasons why people feel bored. But the main reason is that people feel bored when they have to indulge in a task which does not provide instant gratification. So that means those activities in which results are not immediately making people feel jaded and monotonous.

Q2. What can people do when they feel bored?

People can indulge in numerous things when they get a feeling of boredom. They can talk to their near and dear ones. Apart from this, they can go for walk, or play a game. In short, they must engage themselves in something.

Q3. Do people get bored with daily routines?

There is no denying this conviction that daily routines put us in a state of flow. But, with time, if we do not change our routine, we start feeling monotonous and jaded. Therefore we must inculcate new activities in our daily routine by discarding the old ones.

Q4. Is it easier for younger people to feel bored than for the old?

Yes, because young people do not heap of experience like older people. The experience of older people helps them to handle boredom adroitly. Whereas, young people become impatient when they get a feeling of monotony.

IELTS new cue cards 2021

1Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful IELTS cue card
2Describe a time you saw something interesting on social media
3Describe a live sports match that you have watched
4Describe a leisure activity near/on the sea that you want to try IELTS cue card
5Describe an occasion when many people were smiling
6Describe a quiet place you like to spend your time in
7Describe a street market in your city
8Describe an activity that you do after school/work IELTS cue card
9Describe a time when you helped a friend
10Describe a law on environmental protection
11Describe a puzzle you have played
12Describe a natural talent you want to improve like sports music
13Describe a piece of local news that people are interested in
14Describe a time when you encouraged someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do
15Describe an argument between two of your friends
16Describe a tall building in your city you like or dislike IELTS cue card
17Describe a plan in your life that is not related to work or study IELTS cue card
18Describe someone older than you, whom you admire IELTS cue card
19Describe a time when you felt bored
20Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of a public
21Describe a time when you changed your opinion
22Describe an occasion when you ate a kind of food for the first time
23Describe a place/person/home you like to visit but you don’t want to live there
24Describe a time when you had to wait in a long line
25Describe a skill that you can teach other people
26Describe a part of a city or a town you enjoy spending time in
27Describe a time when you were really close to a wild animal
28Describe a time when you shared something with others IELTS cue card
29Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone IELTS cue card
30Describe a decision made by others or someone that you disagreed with
31Describe a time when your computer broke down
32Describe a company where you live that employs a lot of people IELTS cue card
33Describe a person who you think is very open
34Describe a person who wears unusual clothes
35Describe a short trip that you often take but you do not like
36Describe your first day at school
37Describe an art exhibition that you visited
38Describe a piece of international news you have just recently heard
39Describe an unforgettable bike(bicycle) trip
40Describe a piece of equipment that is important in your home IELTS cue card
41Describe a bag you want to own
42Describe a time when you needed to use your imagination
43Describe a time when you told your friend an important truth
44Describe a time you saw children behave badly in public
45Describe your favourite weather
46Describe your favourite singer IELTS cue card
47Describe a computer/phone game you enjoy playing since your childhood
48Describe an expensive activity that you enjoy doing occasionally
49Describe a thing you bought and you are happy about
50Describe an aquatic animal
51Talk about a health condition that you had and found a solution for it online IELTS Cue Card
52Describe an occasion when you wasted your time
53Describe a family which you like and are happy to know
54Describe a time when you received good news
55Describe a time when you first talked in a foreign language IELTS cue card
56Describe a special hotel you stayed in
57Talk about a time when you gave advice to someone
58Describe a perfect job you would like to have in the future
59Describe a book you read that you found useful or Describe an exciting book you read.
60Describe an old person you know and respect
61Describe an event you attended in which you didn’t like the music played
62Describe an old friend you got in contact with again
63Describe an interesting conversation that you had
64Describe a time you made a promise to someone
65Describe a person who helps others in his or her spare time
66Describe a good decision you made recently
67Describe a risk you have taken which had a positive result
68Describe an ambition that you have for a long time
69Describe something or someone that made a lot of noise
70Describe an interesting tradition in your country.
71Describe an event in which you were unsuccessful.
72Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time
73Describe a town or city where you would like to live in the future
74Describe an intelligent person you know
75Describe an art or craft activity that you had at school IELTS cue card
76Describe a photo of yourself that you like (or you have taken).
77Describe a large company that you are interested in
78Describe a time when a family member asked for your help
79Describe a dinner you really enjoyed
80Describe a time you got lost in a place you did not know about
81Describe a foreign country you want to know more about?
82Describe a volunteering experience you have had
83Describe your favourite movie IELTS cue card
84Talk about a recent health-related article that you have read IELTS cue card
85Describe a time when you were surprised to meet a friend.
86Describe a prize that you received
87Describe a line that you remember from a poem or song
88Describe an article on health you read in a magazine or on the internet
89Describe a polite person whom you know
90Describe a place where you are able to relax
91Describe a conversation topic you were not interested in.
92Describe an energetic person that you know
93Talk about a famous person that you like the most IELTS cue card
94Describe a program or app in your computer or phone
95Describe a special day or a memory of your school or college days
96Describe a water sport you would like to try in the future
97Describe a gadget you own.
98Describe a time when you had some medicine
99Describe a friend/person who is a good leader
100Describe a famous celebrity from your nation who you admire.
101Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution
102Describe a famous person that you are interested in
103Describe an area of science that interests you
104Describe a mistake you have made.
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