IELTS Speaking Part 1: Dictionary

1. How often do you use your dictionary?

Countless times a day, and seven days a week, I have to say. I work as an English teacher, and in my working environment, I encounter new or strange word combinations all the time, so that’s why I always need a dictionary by my side.

2. Do you like paper dictionary or electronic dictionary?

Answer 1: Either of them sound fine to me. The paper version is quite original, but I’m not very keen on the idea of carrying a heavy, thick book here and there just to look up some words occasionally. I’d much rather use the built-in dictionary in my kindle e-book reader, so that I wouldn’t have to bring too many things with me.

Answer 2: E-dictionary, absolutely. It’s very convenient and portable. I can use my smartphone and look up new words whenever and wherever I want without having to carry a heavy book with me all the time.

3. What kinds of dictionaries have you used before?

There are several types of dictionaries: paperback, electronic, built-in, online, monolingual, bilingual, or even multi-lingual, and perhaps I’ve tried every single one of them. Each version has its own special features, but technically, they all serve the same purpose.

4. How will dictionaries change in the future?

Answer 1: Actually, many different prospects have come to mind, but I believe the most possible one is what I would call ‘dictionary implantation’. It’s indeed a little bit scary, but just think about it: you can instantly learn a new language just by having a minor operation. How cool is that?

Answer 2: Given that technology has become more and more developed, it is highly likely that unique kinds of dictionaries like a visual dictionary will be created and developed, which allows users to acquire vocabulary quickly and effectively.

5. What kinds of dictionaries have you used before?

I’ve used quite a lot of dictionaries; but 3 dictionaries that I make use of the most are Cambridge Dictionary, Collocation dictionary, and Thesaurus dictionary. All of them are absolutely necessary for any English learner, I believe.