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“I’m bored………….”

Some of the younger students I have say things like this.



“I have too much free time!”   “I’m bored.”  “I have nothing to do.”  “I don’t know what to do with myself!”




Have you ever heard someone saying these things?  Or have you ever said anything similar before?


I may have said this when I was a child, but not so much after I got my driver’s license and started to venture away from home.


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I am a little surprised to hear some adults say this however.  I can’t remember the last time I said that I was bored and had nothing to do.  So here are some suggestions to fill your excessive free time days.  (A lot of them can involve English study as well.)


  1. 1.  Watch some YouTube videos.  There are so many out there, on so many different topics.  You can learn how to make some book shelves, you can find out how to say hello in 20 different languages, you can see what life is like in another country, you can find almost anything on there.  It is a great tool for entertainment as well as learning new things.  Especially English!


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2.  Getting a part time job.  Adults as well as children could be better off doing some kind of part time job.


Children could do simple chores around the house.  Perhaps washing the dishes or taking out the trash.  This would help parents a lot.  And who knows, maybe the lucky kids may get some treats or rewards off of it.




But adults could also benefit from this.  Part time jobs helped me gain confidence with speaking with people, meeting many new friends and contacts, and it also helped me learn new skills.  In Hawaii, it is almost mandatory for a college student to have a part time job, so I am shocked to hear that a lot of Japanese students don’t have one.


3.  Find a hobby, and constantly do it.

A lot of times I find myself asking people “what is your hobby?”  Some people actually don’t have one, or they mention “sleeping” or “watching TV.”  While those are fine and good, it’s not really doing anything productive.   How about trying a hobby that can get you out of the house or to meet new people?




One of my hobbies is taking pictures.  That is a great way to meet new people, go outdoors, and actually have fun.  What are some things you would like to try to do?  I am sure there are other people out there who have similar interests.   How about cooking, playing instruments and starting a band, or even something adventurous like rock climbing!


Having activities to do will build up your life experience and give you a lot of stories to tell to your friends and strangers as well.  It could also help improve your conversation skills in your English classes.  It will also provide you with material to talk about with in your next discussion class!


Have fun!