Cue Card # 9: Time when you started using a new technological device

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 9

Describe a time when you started using a new technological device (e.g. a new computer or phone).

You should say:

  • what device you started using
  • why you started using this device
  • how easy or difficult it was to use

and explain how helpful this device was to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

This cue card topic reminds me of a time when I first purchased a desktop computer back in 2004 and started using it almost every day. I would like to thank you for this great topic and would share my experience of having it.

The desktop computer I purchased in 2004 was a clone computer which had Intel Pentium 4 (2.80 Gigahertz) Processor, Gigabyte motherboard, 40 GB Hard Disk drive, 17 inch Dell monitor and it came with a Microsoft Windows XP Professional Operating System. It cost me approximately $2,300 including the software and out of it, my own contribution was 1100 dollar while the rest of the amount was given by my father. I still remember the day I owned it as it was one of the most exciting days of my life. Owing it was like a dream come true. Up until then, I had only used computers in our college or in a cyber cafe, but having it in my study room and being able to use it whenever I liked was something truly magnificent.

As a college student, I felt the need to have a personal computer to complete my assignments as I needed to use the internet for references. Besides, most of my classmates and friends had personal computers and they were ahead of me in terms of its use. Finally, as a science major student, I often spent hours after hours in our college computer lab to learn the programming language which was a mandatory subject in our syllabus. So having a computer was a time saver for me. On top of that, my computer skills gradually enhanced when I personally own one.

Overall, I was already capable of using a computer and the internet. So operating it for daily tasks was not hard at all. However, some specialised software like Adobe Illustrator and Codeblocks IDE were comparatively tough to use. I believe after I used the computer for about a few months, I learned how to troubleshoot it and that was something fascinating.

As I have already mentioned, this device was a time saver and a constant companion to me. I used it for personal and academic purposes and learnt plenty of new things which helped me do better in my later years. After I had it, I no longer needed to spend countless hours in a cyber cafe to complete my college assignments and it saved me money as well. I no longer have this computer as it was later replaced by a laptop, but I will never forget the utilisation and usefulness this device brought to me.


Model Answer 2:

A few months ago, my regular old mobile phone decided to stop working on me. Now, being a bit “economical” person, I wasn’t really very eager to let go of my old phone. So, I decided to fix it. But, unfortunately, it wouldn’t really get fixed completely no matter how hard I tried to do so. In the end, I was left with no other choice except to buy a new phone. This time, I decided to buy a smartphone. I guess I wanted to be little “smart”, after all, with a smartphone in my hand!

In the beginning, it was a bit difficult for me to put my device to the best use as it was some sort of new experience for me having to deal with “touch screen” always instead of pushing “button” at ease. Carrying the new phone also posed a new problem for me at the start as it was bigger in size, and I wasn’t really prepared to look “awkward” in public in a “full pocket” with my smartphone hidden inside it. Anyway, I got used to my new device as time progressed and started to like it since it offered many cool options and features.

So, why exactly this thing called ‘smartphone’ is so useful to us? Well, the answer is this smart device has combined 4 different kinds of technologies (TV, computer, camera and phone) into one to offer us the best technological experiences on the move. Now, how one wants to use this smart device is entirely up to him/her. Anyway, as for me, I just love this phone as I can call my friends and families from another city (I live in a different city far away from my family) while viewing them on the phone at the same time with the help of a thing called “ the internet”. The best thing about this phone is that I can use it now at ease even though I am not exactly a very technologically-savvy person. I also use my phone to help my father’s business (my father owns a clothing store) by taking and showing the pictures of different clothing items to him so that he can decide on which product to buy, and which not to. Needless to say, this practice reduces the time and cost of doing business to a great deal.

Finally, if I don’t talk about how it helps me in taking care of my assignments on the move while remaining stuck for hours in city traffics, I wouldn’t really do justice on my smart tool. In fact, the truth is I wouldn’t really be able to finish many of my assignments in time in the last few months without my smartphone due to my busy schedule. I regret the fact that I didn’t buy a smartphone even earlier.

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