IELTS Speaking Test : Topic Product

Topic: Product

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe something you bought but difficult to use at first

You should say:

  • What it was
  • Where you bought it
  • How you used it successfully
  • And how you felt about it

Sample Answer

I’d like to talk about my mobile phone.

I’m not a tech-savvy person(1) , and it is challenging for me to adopt new technologies. Therefore, I have a tendency to (2) keep using my outdated phone until it’s broken. Until a year ago, I had been using my iPhone 5. However, it was suddenly broken, so I had no choice but to buy a new one. I decided to buy Samsung J7 Prime because it was highly recommended on the Internet at that time, and the most important thing is that it was affordable(3) .

Although it was said to be very user-friendly(4) , I had a lot of trouble (5) using it at first. The reason is that iOS and android are different in many ways: interface, icons of applications, and after using iPhone 5 for quite a long time, I struggled a lot to get used to the android system of this phone.

When I first got the phone, I couldn’t even work out how to do simple things such as adding contacts to my phone. I was totally baffled(6) . The problem was that there were no specific instructions for doing such things, so I needed to go online and find out. Sometimes, even though I followed the instructions I had found online, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. And sometimes, I couldn’t be bothered, so I just tried to do things on my own.

However, once I could use it smoothly, it turned out to be way too awesome(7) . The phone has a good design and is quite light. I can fit it easily into my pocket. Besides, the bigger screen allows me to enjoy videos, and I can take photos with better quality and save a lot of them on my phone. Now that I’ve come to like this phone very much, I’m not planning to change to a new one any time soon.


  1. A tech-savvy person /tekˈsæv.i/ /ˈpɜː. sən/
    Ex: The state needs more tech-savvy workers for its hi-tech industries.
  2. To have a tendency to do something:
    Ex: She’s one of those authors who has a tendency to overwrite.
  3. To be affordable /əˈfɔː.də.bəl/:
    Ex: Affordable housing isn’t enough we also need job opportunities.
  4. To be user-friendly /ˌjuː.zəˈ
    Ex: This software is very user-friendly.
  5. To have trouble doing something:
    Ex: Parents often have trouble finding good carers for their children.
  6. To be baffled /ˈbæf.əld/:
    Ex: She was completely baffled by his strange behaviour.
  7. Way /weɪ/ too much:
    Ex: She spends way too much money on clothes.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  1. What kinds of products do young people think are useful but old people may not?

The first product that came to mind is makeup. While young people care a lot about their appearance, especially when going to work or hanging out, many old people find putting on makeup time-consuming. Also, some old people don’t like technology devices. These people struggle a lot when trying to use smartphones or tablets and often turn to their tech-savvy children for help.

  1. Do you think product instructions are useful for users to use products better?

Definitely! Product instructions ensure that customers can use the products properly. Besides, I think some safety tips should also be involved in the instructions, as these tips play an important role in minimizing the risks of accidents happening when using the products.

  1. What do you usually do if you don’t know how to use the things you have bought?

The first solution I will take is to look at the product instructions. After that, I may try to look for some information on the Internet, either by reading the FAQs section on the company’s website or asking other users on social media. Finally, if I still can’t solve the problem, I’ll call the customer service department of the company.

  1. Do you think it is necessary to produce many new products nowadays?

Yes, I do think so. New products offer new value to customers, which can facilitate their work or leisure activities, allowing them to enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle. Besides, new products allow companies to increase their revenue, and this contributes greatly to the economic development of nations.

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