Technology is a topic that often comes up in the IELTS speaking part 1. Below you will find a list of some example questions and answers that you could encounter during part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test.
The questions below are based on the real IELTS speaking exam. They serve as a great IELTS Speaking Part 1 prediction questions to help you prepare better before your test.
Technology Speaking Part 1 – Set 1
- Why are headphones very popular among young people nowadays?From my point of view, headphones have become more popular because of the advances in technology and production. These days, you can buy all kinds of headphones in fashionable styles and with remarkable sound quality, especially that of Apple iPods.
- Do you have headphones?Yes, I got some new ones for my birthday and I use them all the time. I listen to really loud pop music and it doesn’t bother anyone else. I would be lost without them.
- When do you usually use headphones?I put them on when I am commuting to work on the train, block out all the noise and it helps me to chill out. I also use them to keep me going when I am running or exercising – it it really uplifting.
- When do you avoid using headphones?I never use them when I am on my bicycle in the city because it would be hazardous with all the cars and buses hurtling by. I see other people doing this and think that they must have a death wish!
Technology Vocabulary Speaking Part 1 – Set 1
- remarkable– exceptional, very good
- commuting– travelling to work
- uplifting– inspires happiness and hope
- hazardous– dangerous
- hurtling by – passing very quickly
- a death wish – unconscious desire to die (idiom)
- What apps do you have installed on your phone?Plenty of them. Let’s see. I have Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Viber, and some video editing apps. I miss TikTok though and I wish India hadn’t banned it. I had over 17,000 followers, and could easily have become an influencer.
- Tell me about a new app you’ve downloadedHmm, I think it was an app that lets you extract songs from YouTube and download them in MP3 format. It’s called YouTube Master Downloader, and it’s free of cost. The ads are annoying but well, nothing is for free!
- How frequently do you use the app?Almost three to four times a week. I am quite fond of music so everytime I come across a song that I like, I quickly search for it on YouTube, copy the link, extract it, and copy it to my Music app. Another app I use is Calm to play sounds of the ocean waves while falling asleep.
- Influencer– a person with the ability to influence potential buyers of a product or service by promoting or recommending the items on social media
- Where are you from?I am from Goa, a tiny state located on the west coast of India.
- Do you work or study?These days I am pursuing my Bachelors degree in Commerce from Saint Xavier’s College in Mapusa. But I plan to pursue my further studies in Sweden.
- Do you have a favourite website?Yes, I love YouTube. I can never run out of interesting content on YouTube. I used to be addicted to Netflix especially during the lockdown but these days I’ve lost interest in series and films.
- What kind of websites do you visit regularly?I normally use Google and YouTube. At times, I surf websites related to wildlife photography and nature. I would love to have my work on this stock photo website called Shutterstock.com. I could make tons of money if people bought my pics!
- What kind of websites are popular in your country?I’m not really sure. I guess most people do a Google search first, and then go wherever the search takes them. Apps are becoming more popular than websites in my country, and people spend hours on end on TikTok using a VPN because India banned the app a few years ago.
- VPN – Virtual Private Network – an arrangement whereby a secure, apparently private network is achieved using encryption over a public network, typically the internet
- Do you use any apps, why or why not?I have a number of apps on my phone that I need to use every day. For instance, I use WhatsApp to keep in touch with my friends and family and Maps to figure out where I am going if I need to find a new place. Without those two, I would be lost!
- Which app would you like to use in future?I would like to have an app that helps you to decide what to eat for dinner. It would add up all the ingredients you have leftover in the fridge and generate a recipe to use them up. Not only would it make life easier, it would reduce food waste.
- Do you think the way people used to trade in the past is different from how they do it now?Historically, people would exchange goods in the past or at the very least use cash. You would have to meet in person to do this or wait a long time to receive something.. Nowadays, we are spoilt with sites like Amazon and next day delivery. Now, we can pay with card or even bitcoin.
- keep in touch – maintain contact (phrasal verb)
- leftover– not used
- spoilt– overindulged
- Where are you from?I am from Annecy, a town in France. It is a beautiful location close to the Alps, surrounded by mountains and lakes. It is popular with holidaymakers in summer and skiers in winter, I do lots of winter sports there.
- How often do you send text messages?I think I send approximately 50 messages a day to my friends and family. The advantage is that you can keep up to date with things happening in each other’s lives although it can be a bit distracting during the day.
- Do you prefer calling or texting?Definitely texting as it is much quicker and you can text from anywhere and the conversation is private. Also, text messages are generally free or included in phone data. Most people have cut down on the time they spend calling.
- Who do you send messages to?The majority of messages I send are to chat groups that I share with close friends or colleagues. I also contact my parents and family fairly regularly, at least every few days. We talk about anything from work to weekend plans.
- Talk about a message you received that was confusing.A few weeks ago, I received a message from a friend asking me to pick up some groceries on the way home from work and she had attached a list. I was really confused as I thought this was a bit of a bizarre request. It turned out she has meant to send the message to her boyfriend and it was accidentally sent to me.
- When should we call instead of text?Firstly, we should always call directly if a person has received good or bad news. I don´t think you can communicate genuine emotion in a text so I would call to congratulate somebody or to offer them support. Secondly, if you want to be really clear it is often easier to have a conversation over the phone so that nothing is lost in the message.
Set 5 Vocabulary
- holidaymakers – tourists
- keep up to date with – to be informed
- cut down on – to reduce activity
- bizarre – very strange
- Where are you from?I am from Chicago, in the United States. Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States and it is known as the ‘Windy city’.
- Do you prefer to communicate via emails or letters?Although I am passionate about technology and I can see the convenience of communication through emails, I believe there is something very intimate and special about writing letters. It’s a lost art I believe should be used more often.
- How do you feel about text messages?I find text messages a little less stressful than emails. They are more instant and are generally shorter than emails which can sometimes be quite daunting due to their lengths.
Set 6 Vocabulary
- populous – full of people inhabiting a village/town/city/country
- a lost art – a previously common activity that has been forgotten and is not being practised very often
- daunting – intimidating, discouraging
- Do you enjoy using smartphones?I can’t live without my smartphone! According to my phone’s usage statistics, it seems like I spend a whopping three hours on it daily! I use my iPhone for everything from making calls and texting, to watching Netflix series, listening to music, and of course, for selfies and videos.
Set 7 Vocabulary
- whopping – very large amount