How to talk about electrical appliances in the IELTS Speaking Test
Audio for IELTS Speaking Practice Test 11
Describe a useful electrical appliance (e.g. a mobile phone or computer) that you use at home or at work.
You should say:
What it is
Where it is
How you use it
and explain why this item is important to you.
The most useful piece of equipment is my computer. I use it for both my work and for recreation.
It is a laptop, so I can take it with me wherever I go. I usually keep it on the dresser at the end of my bed, though when I use it, I am usually on my bed or in my armchair.
I use it for my research, and to read assignments that 1 have been given. I also use it for my work and writing. It is important to me because I have all of my most important information on it. If I didn’t have it my life would be so much more difficult because I would have many problems finding all the different things I need to do my work. I also use it to listen to music so I would have a hard time listening to music if I didn’t have it. Often my mother will ask me to type something up for her and I like to use my laptop for that because I’m accustomed to using the keyboard on it. Then I can type faster because I don’t have to get used to a new keyboard, and I make less mistakes.
1. Have computers (the items you chose to talk about) changed much over the years?
Yes. computers have changed so much since they first came out. The first computer took up a whole, huge room. Today, computers are so small you can put them easily into a shoulder bag. Some are even small enough to fit into your pocket.
2. What kinds of electrical appliances are used most?
I use computers every day and they arc used in almost every area of my life. I also use printers often to print out the information that I have put together on my computer and give it to someone else. In my kitchen there are also some electrical appliances that I use every day like toasters, microwaves, and refrigerators. A coffee maker is an appliance not used much here in China, but probably is used more in the U.S. and Europe.
3. Do you think we can live without electrical appliances?
I think it is possible for people to live without electrical appliances. However, people arc so used to having them and living with them that I think it would be very difficult, especially if the change is very sudden. I think that it’s not good for people to be so dependent on machines to do things for them. I think that people should learn how to live and do things without machines and appliances so that if there is ever a time when they don’t have them, it will be easier to adjust.
4. Do you think science and technology will one day completely eliminate traditional skills and equipment?
I think that it is very possible, but I don’t think that this is good. Right now it’s very hard to keep up with technology so what would it be like if it was all replaced? It is almost hard to fathom. Well you know if we ever run out of oil it seems to me that a lot of the technology would change.
5. How do you think electrical appliances will develop in the future?
I think we will have electrical appliances that will do many of the jobs and duties that require less thinking. Jobs like cooking, cleaning, and repairing may soon be taken over by machines and very intelligent appliances. We may soon have appliances that can have dinner on the table by the time a mother and father have come home from work and the child has come home from school. We may have appliances that will clean the house and make the beds, fix the sink and paint the walls.
6. What arc some of the different forms of electronic communication that people use in offices today?
The most common form of communication in the office is email. Even between people next to or near each other it is becoming more common to just type out an email or memo. Another very common form of communication is the phone. No matter where someone is they will almost always have an office phone or a cell phone.
7. What are the effects of using such electronic forms of communication?
One of the main effects of using electronic communication is that the communications become less personal. There is a feeling of just communicating with machines and not talking to a human. Of course, it is much more convenient to be able to send an email to someone rather than going to where they arc to ask them or tell them something. It is also much quicker to call someone than to find them and talk to them personally.
8. Do you think people rely too much on machines nowadays?
I think that many people rely loo greatly on machines. They seem to forget that there are people around them. It is easy to become completely absorbed in computers or phones or PDAs or MP3 players. People will more often turn to their machines for entertainment rather than spending time with others or getting exercise.
9. What arc the advantages that we get from using modern home and office equipment?
There are some advantages to using modern home and office equipment. One of the main ones is that more things get done and often we can complete projects and assignments very quickly. We are also able to do things that we wouldn’t have been able to do before, like working at home. Also, because we are able to finish tilings quickly we have more time for other activities that we wish to do.
10. What do you think is the most useful thing that man has ever discovered?
I think that the most important discovery was electricity. Without electricity we would not have any of the modern equipment that we have today. We would be unable to have phones, computers, lights, TVs. refrigerators, or music players. Electricity runs almost everything in our houses and work areas today.
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