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Transcript of Tech
How to describe objects.
Used to move the cursor
USB Drive/memory stick:
Used as a portable hard drive
used as a transferable hard drive between devices
Used for visual communication over the internet
Used to make copies of documents on paper
Used to make digital copies of documents
Used to create networks between devices and the internet
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Innovative - A new idea.
Efficient - Gives lots of benefits but uses minimal resources.
User-friendly - Easy for people to use.
Hand-held - Light and small enough to be used by hand.
Cutting-edge - Is at the front of technological development.
Futuristic - Seems like it's ahead of it's time.
Class-leading - The best of it's type.
Outclassed - Competing products are better.
Out-of-date - Old and inefficient.
Obsolete - Has been made useless due to new developments.
Bulky - An uncomfortable or awkward size.
Inconvenient - Not useful for it's purpose.
Gimmicky - Has attractive features that are impractical.
Overrated - Has had a high opinion which it doesn't deserve.
Underwhelming - Not as good as expected.
Terms for describing technology:
Domestic appliances fall into many categories and often do a variety of different tasks.
WWW - worldwide web
Google, bing, ect...
Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Google+, ect...
Media streaming sites
Youtube, Spotify, ect...
Languages add and change vocabulary quickly and in the technology field it develops more quickly than most. Here are some verbs for talking about the internet:
As well as general verbs, there are also verbs that have devleloped from specific companies that are now used in everyday speech:
google - to use a search engine.
facebook - to use Facebook.
tweet - to use Twitter.
skype - to use Skype
photoshop - to alter an a photo or other image.
A useful way to show off your English skills is to show how something has developed over time. This shows your topic related vocabulary, your discriptive language use and your tense use abilities.
For example, you could talk about how the way we listen to music has changed over time.
We used to listen to pre-recorded music with records. These were large round discs made of plastic that we played using a record player
However, these records were bulky and fragile and were replaced in the 70's with...
cassette tapes. These were better because they were much more compact and could hold more music. Their plastic case also protected the taple from damage.
But, if they were played too many times, the sound quality would reduce and they were replaced by...
Cds. Compact discs were thinner and took advantage of digital technology. This means they can be played as many times as you want, because the digital code did not reduce in quality. You can also carry more of them.
Cds were easy to scratch though and not all of them could be recorded on more than once, and they were replaced by...
Minidiscs. MDs were similar to tapes, as they were a CD that had a protective, plastic case to protect it from scratching. They were also a lot more compact than CDs and tapes so they could be carried more easily
Although MDs fixed a lot of problems that tapes and CDs had, technology developed and they were replaced by...
...MP3s. MP3s are just digital code and do not have any physical presence. Therefore thousands of songs can be saved on MP3 players of any size. They are also flexible, meaning you can have a larger mp3 with better sound quality, or a smaller mp3 which means that you can store more on your device.
How a device connects to wireless networks and accessories.
Using a wireless signal from a modem to connect to the Internet or a home network.
Using a wireless signal provided by a mobile network to connect to the Internet.
Using a short distance signal to connect to a compatible device or send files.
Problems with the internet:
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NFC (near field communication):
Using a short distance signal for transferring data and files.
The Ultimate Multi-tasker.
Phones are the most multi-functional device around. Here are just a few of it's uses:
A computer is only as good as the programs and applications you can use on it. Here are a few examples.
Word processing software:
Spreadsheet processing software:
Presentation design software:
When you talk about technology, a good way of developing your conversation is to explain what it does and how we managed the task before the invention of it. This will show past tense ability.
The washing-machine is a great invention. It means that I always have clean clothes when I go out and clean sheets on my bed when I lie in.
It works in a very simple way. I put my clothes into the drum, add detergent soap and then select the washing program using the buttons. The machine then does all the work for me.
In the past, we had to wash things in the sink, and some people even had to go to a river if they wanted to clean their underwear. It's much more convenient and time-saving having a washing-machine in the house.
If I wanted to improve it, I would make it quiter when it's working and I would make it use less water, which is better for the environment.
Technology is changing the way we live, work and socialise. Because of this, it is often a topic of conversation and also a standard topic for speaking in the IELTS test.
In this interactive presentation you will find lots of vocabulary and tips to help you think about what to say and how to say it. If you have a touchscreen, you can interact with it in the same way you interact with your smartphone. You will also find links to useful materials to help you practice your knowledge.
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