IELTS Topic Vocabulary for Speaking test: Technology

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Technology Vocabulary

Hello, this is Max.

Initially, I thought it would be hard to find good resources from authentic materials (articles, podcasts and video) to find words and phrases related to specific topic. Now I think it’s possible. Take a look at my first blog post about Travel Vocabulary.

Today let’s dive into Technology. IELTS test takers are quite frequently asked questions  related to Technology  in IELTS speaking test.

What you will find in this article:

  • Common questions from Part1,2 and 3 of speaking test.
  • Collocations, words and phrases that will help you to talk about food and diet.
  • How other people tell stories related to technology.
  • Links to useful materials which you can use to read articles, listen podcasts and watch video about technology.
  • Vocabulary from sub-topics and related areas such as:  computers, mobile phones, innovations and gadgets.

Part 1 Sample Questions

  • Have you ever taken a course to improve your computer skills?
  • Has the internet made your job / studies easier?
  • Which device do you prefer to use for browsing the internet?
  • How much time do you spend using a computer at work or at home?
  • What do you mainly use a computer for?
  • Did you learn how to use a computer at school?

Part 2: Cue Card

Talk about some technology that you have started using fairly recently. You should say:

  • What it is and what it does
  • How it makes life better or easier
  • How it is different to other similar technology

And say whether you think you will still be using it in ten years’ time or not, and why

Part 3 Sample Questions

  • What age group do you think is interested more in mobile phones? Why?

Reading: Technology Vocabulary from QUORA

  • technological changes
  • synthetic biology
  • augmented reality
  • over the last two decades
  • ____ has evolved to the point where
  • sophisticated program
  • if you were trying to ____ twenty years ago, you’d need to…


  • machine learning
  • on the other hand, if you were creating ____ today …
  • projects can often be done in months or even weeks today
  • the impact of ___ cannot be overstated
  • in the near future
  • advanced features
  • natural language processing


  • … drives more value
  • lead to a lot of value creation
  • self-driving cars
  • mega-companies
  • thousands of existing industries
  • today, it’s widely accepted that…
  • there are many great ideas


  • infrastructure matures and expands in scope
  • we’ll move into a world where
  • software development


What technological changes will create the most opportunities for new startups over the next 2-3 years?

Listening: Technology Podcasts 

Alec Ross on the industries of the future – Tech Weekly podcast


  • very interesting things happen around the globe in terms of innovation, technology development,enterpreneurship
  • embrace more open economical systems
  • industries of the future
  • look back in twenty years
  • economic outcomes
  • tomorrow’s industries


  • creating innovation
  • imagination and invention
  • sharing ideas
  • cloud computing
  • cutting edge technologies
  • business models
  • technology development


  • forces that are shaping out future
  • shift happened
  • genetic code
  • we are moving toward the world where…
  • global economy
  • cyber sequirity
  • lots of places around the globe


  • next ten years
  • drones
  • personalized drugs
  • we can see throughout our history
  • industrialization quickly took root
  • sillicon valley
  • innovation ecosystems


  • industrial age
  • use the power of data to…
  • game changers


Alec Ross on the industries of the future – Tech Weekly podcast

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TED Radio Hour: Building Better Cities


  • rethinking transportation
  • investing in public infrastructure
  • creative
  • imaginative

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein


TED Radio Hour: Building Better Cities

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Technology Videos 

TED Talk by Nandan Nilekani: Ideas for India’s future

  • technology has liberated and made it accessible…
  • empowering
  • more powerful computers


TED Talk by Nandan Nilekani: Ideas for India’s future


Kevin Kelly: Technology’s Epic Story

  • world without technology
  • what technology brought…
  • industrial age
  • technology has become the most powerful force in the world
  • changing our lives
  • new technology
  • gadgets in our lives


  • technology is accelerating all the aspects of life
  • progress
  • generating ideas
  • increased choices and possibilities



Ted Talk by  Kevin Kelly: Technology’s Epic Story

Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

  • solar panels
  • nano-engineered designs
  • energy needs
  • key trend
  • decentralized resources
  • environmental friendly
  • more efficient


  • a lot more capable and safe
  • to have tools
  • high-tech community
  • acceleration of technology
  • the world was a different place when…
  • to introduce a technology
  • technology develops in an exponential fashion


TED Talk by Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

Keep on Practicing

In this blogpost I showed you just a few samples of where you can find materials to improve your vocabulary and use it when speaking about Technology. Obviously,  there are tons of  free and interesting resources about Technology on the Internet.

Now it’s your turn. Start from small and go further. Use  information from  my article: read texts, listen podcasts and watch videos. Then make  a bit of research yourself. The more information you consume the more words and phrase you will remember.

I am sure, many of my readers are genuinely interested in this topic. I hope, you will send me links to resources you  know. We can share them with other visitors of my website and make this page much more helpful. So, feel free to leave  comments.

Thank you!

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