IELTS Speaking Vocabulary – Technology

On this page we’ve gathered essential IELTS speaking vocabulary for Technology topic. It can be used to answer various questions about technology on IELTS Speaking test and achieve a high IELTS score.

  • 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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