In this intermediate-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to talk about things that annoy you.

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This ESL video lesson for daily English will help ESL students learn vocabulary, grammar, improve listening and be confident English speakers.

Practical English for everyday situations.

Common Pet Peeves

ESL Questions Pet Peeves


Do you have any annoying habits that you’re aware of?


Do any of your friends or co-workers have any annoying habits?


Are there any things that are culturally acceptable in other countries that annoy you?


Do you think people in your country are generally polite or rude?


Are you easily annoyed?


What’s an example of something that someone has done recently that’s annoyed you?

Watch, Read or Listen

ESL Video on Pet Peeves

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson to talk about things that annoy you.

ESL Listening Practice

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions about Pet Peeves.


How many “pet peeves” do they mention in the article?


What is a “pet peeve”?


What time of day do many of the people travel?


What do people hate about taking the train?


How does it make Tim from Bethel Green feel?


What is a common complaint about people who go to restaurants?


What is “busy-bragging”?


How does busy-bragging make Paul feel?

ESL Speaking Activity

Use the illustrations to talk about the passage and things that annoy you.

Things That Annoy You

Talk About Things That Annoy You ESL

Talk About Things That Annoy You ESL Lesson

Talk About Annoying Things

Talk About Annoying Things ESL

ESL Vocabulary to talk about Pet Peeves

Word Bank

annoy | to make one’s blood boil | busy-bragging
chew | complain | complaint | disgusting | loudly
mood | populated | the price one has to pay
survey | sound like (something)


Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.

1. disgusting (adj)

A. frequent

2. to make one’s blood boil (phr)

B. having people living there

3. the price one has to pay (idiom)

C. to cause someone to be very angry

4. chew (v)

D. seems to be a certain way

5. populated (adj)

E. allow

6. annoying (adj)

F. extremely unpleasant or unacceptable

7. let (v)

G. to leave a bus or train

8. get off (phr.v)

H. the unpleasantness someone has to suffer

9. common (adj)

I. making you feel slightly angry

10. sound like something (expr)

J. to bite and crush with the teeth

ESL Discussion

Discuss the following quotes about pet peeves and annoying things.

Yes No

You can speak loudly with deep silence.
– Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Annoying people are a wake-up call.
– Auliq Ice

It’s taken years, but part of my own personal growth has involved deciding that I can learn something from even the most annoying person.
– Auliq Ice

Annoyances are strangely not so annoying when the person responsible has endeared himself to you.
– Richelle E. Goodrich

Don’t invite annoying people into your life and set ground rules for the ones you inherited.
– Alan Robert Neal

Some people just don’t get that I’ll rather talk to a wall than them.
– Francine Chiar


Discuss the following questions about pet peeves.

Annoying Things ESL
  1. How do you deal with things that annoy you?
  2. Has anyone ever asked you to stop something because it annoys you?
  3. What is the most annoying question that you get asked?
  4. Do you think telling people to, “calm down” is effective?
  5. Make a list of the top 10 things you think are the most common pet peeves. Google it!

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example.

Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight.
Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.

Annoying Things ESL Lesson


How many of your pet peeves are on the list?

Meaning /


It can put me in a bad mood for the whole day!

Meaning /


It's part of the price that we pay for living in such populated cities.

Meaning /


It’s really disgusting when people chew with their mouths open.

Meaning /


It really makes my blood boil!

Meaning /

Missing Words

Watch the video or listen to the audio again and complete the sentences.

Talk About Annoying Things ESL Lesson

Sometimes in life, we all find things that other people do very _________________ 1.            It’s part of the ______________________ 2 for living in such populated cities. We’ve been taking your comments and have come up with this list of the top 3 pet peeves. How many of your pet peeves are _______________________ 3?

Top Pet Peeves

  1. People pushing onto trains

A lot of people who ____________________ 4 to our survey travel by train in the morning, and many of them said the same thing; they hate people who push onto the trains without letting them ________________ 5 first. On a busy morning on the way to work, the last thing we need is people being rude. As Tim from Bethell Green said, “It can put me in a ____________________ 6 for the whole day!” 

  1. People chewing loudly in restaurants

Another _____________________ 7 complaint was when people go to a restaurant and eat with their mouths open. “It’s so ____________________ 8” said Candice from Queensbury, “I don’t want to hear someone chewing from across the room.” 

  1. Busy-bragging

People often like to talk about how busy they are, and they do it in a way which ______________________ 9 complaining. According to Paul “People just do this to try to show how important they are. It really __________________________ 10!


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