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Dealing with boredom

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Do you feel sad when life isn't challenging enough?

Bored? You're not alone. Everyone from factory workers to pilots experience a feeling of boredom: feeling unhappy and uninterested in what they are doing. Some people get bored because they have nothing to do. But is it always a negative emotion or can it push you to do something different?

Rob and Finn discuss how to deal with boredom and teach some related vocabulary. We promise you won't be bored!

This week's question:

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest continuous dramatic performance was held in New Jersey, in the US, in 2010. But do you know how long the cast for The Bald Soprano was on stage for? Was it for about:

a) 8 hours

b) 17 hours

c) 23 hours

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Dealing with boredom

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to yawn

to open your mouth wide and take air in and out slowly; usually a sign of boredom or tiredness


making someone excited and interested in something


unable to sit still because you are bored or worried

to cope with

to deal with a situation successfully

stuck in a rut

become too fixed in one kind of job or situation in life

to stave off

to stop or keep away an unpleasant feeling

to spur on

to encourage someone to do something



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