Tiredness
What do you do when you feel tired? Who do you usually talk to when you feel mentally tired? Are you often tired? Do you like to talk to strangers when you feel mentally tired?
Vocabulary
  • Lack of sth - the fact that something is not available or that there is not enough of it.
  • Time-consuming (adj.) - a time-consuming task takes a lot of time to do.
  • Tedious (adj.) - boring.
  • Intensive (adj.) - involving a lot of effort or activity in a short period of time.
  • Tiring (adj.) - making you feel tired.
  • Fatigue (noun) - extreme tiredness.
  • Switch up (phrasal verb) - to change, usually in a way that brings an improvement.
  • To liven up (phrasal verb) - to make something more interesting or attractive.
  • Wiped out (adj.) - extremely tired.
Questions and answers
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M: Rory, what kinds of things make you tired?

R: Well, I think a lack of sleep and food in combination with sort of time-consuming tedious or intensive tasks is quite tiring. So it's not common these days, thankfully.

M: What do you do when you feel tired?

R: I think it depends on where I am and what I'm doing, and maybe the level of fatigue. If I'm at home, and it's during the day, then I can stretch, have an energy drink and switch tasks and then refocus on what I was originally doing. If it's a night, then it's generally a sign it's time for bed.

M: Who do you usually talk to when you feel mentally tired?

R: Well, it's a similar process to when I'm physically tired, I have to evaluate what I'm doing. Sometimes it's just a case of, I don't know switching things up. Though other times it's assigned the task is actually pointless, at least in its present form, and I need to do something more engaging to liven things up a bit.

M: Do you like to talk to strangers when you feel mentally tired?

R: I'll be honest, and say I'm not terribly thrilled to speak to anyone when my brain is wiped out. I mean, is anybody? I'm not an extrovert who can sort of extract energy from my interactions with people under those circumstances?

M: Do you want to talk to strangers when you feel tired?

R: Oh, I think I have to refer back to my previous answer on that subject. Sometimes it's best to just politely inform them that you're tired and need some space, and most people understand a reasonable request like that, don't they?

M: Are you often tired?

R: Um, no. Like I say it's not such a big problem these days, thankfully.

M: How many cans of energy drinks do you consume when you get tired?

R: It depends on the time of day, like if we're talking during the day we are not generally tired but I just like drinking energy drinks, then two or three. And then if it's at night, then not at all because you want to sleep.
M: How many liters? Two or three liters, right, of energy drinks?

R: No, no, it's not. If it's... Let's say it's like an average of 250 milliliters per con. It's like less than a liter per day.
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