IELTS Speaking Vocabulary



  • Technology



  • computer age: the period in modern history characterized by rapid technology development and widespread computer use.
    Living in a computer age has many benefits.

 

  • computer buff: a user who is good at working with a computer.
    Mike is a computer buff. He got an A+ on his programming exam.

 

  • computer fatigue: a syndrome of tiredness resulting from long computer usage.
    About 60% of IT specialists are affected by computer fatigue.

 

  • cutting-edge: something innovational and leading.
    Cutting-edge technology.

 

  • desktop PC: a personal computer that remains on a desk.
    I have an old desktop PC that I use for surfing the net when I’m home.

 

  • digital editing: a process of changing digital materials like audio or video files.
    Being good at digital editing is essential in our time.

 

  • download (podcasts): to save a copy of a file from the internet to your own device.
    Yesterday I downloaded a few films that I plan to watch during the weekends.

 

  • essential: something you can’t imagine your life without.
    Internet is an essential piece of technology for many people.

 

  • gadget: an advanced piece of technology, like smartphone.
    Nowadays almost everybody owns a gadget.

 

  • geek: someone who is obsessed with technology, especially computers.
    My friend is a real geek. He owns a bunch of computers and other gadgets.

 

  • hold the line: wait a minute.
    She told me to hold the line, because she had to open the door.

 

  • large screen: a big-sized monitor.
    A few days ago I decided to renew my computer, so I bought a large screen for it.

 

  • light years ahead: very far away from.
    Modern computers are light years ahead of those which people used in 90s.

 

  • on the cutting edge: at the forefront of progress.
    Paul’s new laptop is on the cutting edge of technology.

 

  • operating system: the most important program that runs the computer.
    I chose to buy a laptop which is based on the Windows operating system.

 

  • out of steam: tired, exhausted.
    Due to today’s intense workday I am out of steam, so I won’t be able to work tomorrow.

 

  • rocket science: a very complicated subject for someone.
    Biology is a rocket science for me. I don’t understand anything in it.

 

  • send an attachment: send an email with an added file.
    My brother sent an attachment with his homework to the professor.

 

  • silver surfer: an old person, who uses the Internet.
    Uncle Bob is a silver surfer. He uses the Internet every day, although he’s almost 70.

 

  • social media: media used to interact with other people.
    Facebook is the biggest social media in the world.

 

  • time-consuming and inefficient: something that takes too much of your time and isn’t rational to do.
    I find watching football time-consuming and inefficient.

 

  • to access websites/email: to visit websites/email.
    John accessed his email today to see if he had received any letters.

 

  • to back up files: to make a copy of files in case of a computer problem.
    I had to back up files on my computer, because I was going to reinstall my operating system.

 

  • to be stuck behind a computer: to use computer for a long period of time.
    A lot of teenagers are stuck behind their computers all day.

 

  • to boot up: to start a computer.
    I booted up my computer as soon as I got home.

 

  • to browse websites: to search for websites.
    I spent a few hours browsing the websites today, until I found was I was looking for.

 

  • to crash: to suddenly stop working.
    My computer crashed when I was writing my essay.

 

  • to go online: to use the Internet.
    Millions of people go online every day.

 

  • to navigate a website: to find what you need on the website.
    Navigating a website is not very easy, especially if the website is poorly designed.

 

  • to pull the plug: to end an activity.
    After being stuck behind a computer all day, I decided to pull the plug.

 

  • to push someone’s buttons: to do specific thing to irritate somebody (usually intentionally).
    I became so angry because he pushed my buttons by adding pepper to my ice cream!

 

  • to surf the web: to look through websites, searching for something you need, or simply for entertainment.
    I was surfing the web yesterday for three hours, because I had nothing else to do.

 

  • to upgrade: to renew a software or a piece hardware.
    Thanks to the new program for students, I updated my computer for free.

 

  • well-oiled machine: something that works perfectly well.
    My computer, despite being 7 years old, is still a well-oiled machine.

 

  • widespread computer use: that is to say people use computers very often.

 

  • Wi-Fi hotspots: a public place where you can access the Internet.
    Our university has a Wi-Fi hotspot. It is very convenient.

 

  • wireless network: a network where users can access the Internet without using any cables.
    We have installed a wireless network at home.

 

  • word processing: writing, editing and producing words on a computer, using special programs.
    There are tons of word processing programs.

 

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