IELTS Speaking Part 2/3 : Topic Equipment

Speaking Part 2

Describe a time when you had a problem with a piece of equipment

  • What equipment it was
  • What problem you had
  • When you had the problem

And explain how you fixed the problem.

Sample Answer:

I would like to tell you the story about the time I had some technical problems with my mother’s phone.

I cannot remember exactly when it happened, probably a couple of years back when I was still a high-school student. Anyway, back in the day, smartphones were not as popular as they are now, and owning one was actually something to be jealous of.

On my mom’s birthday that year, my dad surprised her with a brand new iPhone 4, which was one of the most technically advanced phones on the market at the time. Although I knew it was mom’s, I just loved it so much, all I wanted to do was take it to school to show my friends. Then one day, I made up an excuse that I needed her phone for some projects at school and she actually believed me.

I remember the next morning; I couldn’t help smiling all the way to school with the phone in my pocket. Needless to say, my friends adored it, and for me, I just loved being the center of attention. As we were playing with the phone, testing all of its functions, my teacher walked in, which took me by surprise. Next thing I knew, my mom’s phone slipped out of my hand and fell onto the hard floor. My heart skipped a beat as I picked it up, there was no screen crack but the flash-light just kept flashing non-stop. I thought to myself: “That’s it, this is the end of the world for me.”

Later that day, I brought the phone home and confessed with my mom. She was furious with me. But it turned out that all I had to do was hit the reset button!

This is one of the memory that I will never forget.

Speaking Part 3

1. What are the most common household appliances that every family has?

Hmm… I think every family would have some basic household appliances like a refrigerators, washing machine and Television. Those are the types of appliances that offer people a lot of benefits and can help save a lot of time.

2. What can people do to protect their equipment from being broken?

Of course if you want to keep anything new, or at least not broken, you have to treat it carefully. For example, if you want to keep a refrigerator in its best condition for the longest time possible, you should clean it regularly, and have it repaired right away if any problems occur.

3. If a piece of equipment is broken, do you prefer to fix it or buy a new one?

This should depend on how broken it is. If there is still a chance that it would function normally again after being repaired, I would definitely try and fix it. But on the other hand, if chances are it can’t be fixed or the repairing process could cost me a fortune, then I would buy a new one.

4. Do you think modern technology makes people lazier?

Yes, I think so. Everything is so convenient these days that people no longer have to make much of an effort anymore. Online shopping or delivery services are a prime example. Back in the day, to buy something, people had no choice but to travel to the store and make the purchase in person. But now, as these online services are always available, anything can be bought with just a click. This does make people lazier, but at the same time helps people save tons of time.