It’s getting on my nerves!

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 19, 2021 and last updated on February 4, 2023

There are many things that people get irritated by, and a lot of the time what gets on one person’s nerves doesn’t affect another. Usually, the things that get on people’s nerves are fairly minor, however, there are some cases where it can irritate someone so much they have to do something about it!

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • annoy (verb)
  • irritate (verb)
  • get on somebody’s nerves (idiom)
  • can’t stand (somebody/something) (phrase)

Conversation Questions

  • What gets on your nerves?
  • What would you say irritates you the most?
  • Do you do anything that gets on people's nerves?
  • Have you ever told someone to stop doing something because it gets on your nerves?
  • How would you feel if someone told you that you do something that really irritates or annoys them?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.