When you started using a new technological device - Cue Card # 785

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a time when you started using a new technological device (e.g. a new computer or phone).

You should say:

  • what device you started using
  • why you started using this device
  • how easy or difficult it was to use

and explain how helpful this device was to you.

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

I like new technology.  I also like to own them and use them if I can, except, of course, these technological devices are not always easy for me to obtain because most of them actually don’t come cheap. Fortunately, the new technology, which I started using about a few years ago, wasn’t really that expensive.

This new technological device, I am talking about, is popularly known as the “smartphone”. Now, before starting to use a smartphone, I was already using a regular mobile phone (some people call it a feature phone) which, I thought, was a good technological device since it served my purposes perfectly. After all, I could communicate with my families and friends through this “strongly-built” device whenever I wished to do so. Therefore, I didn’t really need another device called a “smartphone”,  or so at least, I had thought. 

But, then one day, my only nephew, the son of my elder sister, flew abroad for higher education, and he demanded that I get a smartphone so that he wouldn’t only be able to have a voice chat with me but also have a live video transmission at the same time. Of course, my nephew’s insistence was enough of a reason for me to buy that smartphone. But I wanted to buy it for another reason, and the reason was, most of the people around me, including my friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbours, were already using some kind of smartphone that offered them some advanced features like connectivity to the internet, video/movie downloading, high-resolution camera, freedom to install and use some really handy applications, checking and sending emails and so forth. By the way, this smartphone was a bit difficult to use for me, initially, as it had a rather sensitive kind of screen and buttons,  but I got used to it later on, slowly but surely.

Anyway, I was glad that I bought this new device because it proved out to be very useful. First, I could have live video chats with my beloved nephew and others as if they were never far away from me. Besides, it also allowed me to watch some of my favourite videos online and have some fun while I am on the run. Finally, some of the applications that I use now, for instance, a personal budget management application and an exercise application, have proven out to be very useful.

Part 3 - Detail discussion:

Discussion topic: "Technology and education"

Q.  What is the best age for children to start computer lessons?
Q.  Do you think that schools should use more technology to help children learn?
Q.  Do you agree or disagree that computers will replace teachers one day?

Discussion topic: "Technology and society"

Q.  How much has technology improved how we communicate with each other?
Q.  Do you agree that there are still many more major technological innovations to be made?
Q.  Could you suggest some reasons why some people are deciding to reduce their use of technology?

The answer to these part 3 questions - Speaking Sample 107: Part 3: Details Discussion


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