IELTS Topic Vocabulary for Speaking test: The Internet

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Today  we have another interesting topic which you might be  asked to talk about on IELTS speaking test. This topic is Internet, and I tried to compile really useful article from sample IELTS speaking questions  for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and  link to answer given by professional teacher (Simon). I also   founds  a number of both related and interesting sources of vocabulary to help with this topic.

If you need complete resource with sample answers, topic vocabulary and useful links to prepare  this topic,  feel free to check all topics page.

Part 1 Sample Questions 

  • Do you use the Internet much during the day?
  • What do you usually do on the Internet?
  • What are some advantages of the Internet?
  • What are some disadvantages?
  • Do people in your country use the Internet a lot?
  • Do you do any shopping on the Internet?

Part 2 Sample Question: Cue Card

Describe a website that you often use. You should say:

  • what type of website it is
  • how you found out about it
  • what it allows you to do, and why you find it useful.

Part 3 Sample Questions 

  • What will be the next big development online?
  • Is using the internet a social or solitary activity?
  • How has the internet changed social behaviour?
  • Should companies check job applicants’ online profiles?

Reading: Internet Vocabulary Found on QUORA  | How Much Time Do You Spend Online Per Day? 

  • on any given day
  • about … hours a day online
  • I’d estimate
  • I work online
  • I study online
  • I play games online
  • I hang out with people online
  • on average we are spending…
  • the time being split between email, LinkedIn, Facebook…
  • checking Business news


How Much Time Do You Spend Online Per Day?

Reading: Internet Vocabulary  | 28% of Time Spent Onlie is Social Networking

Here are small list of Internet-related vocabulary I found on I really liked this site and recommend you to visit it to learn a lot of interesting facts about Internet and find more vocabulary that will be very helpful when answering IELTS speaking questions from this topic.

  • social networks
  • online activity
  • internet users
  • internet habits
  • average usage times for social media sites…
  • micro-blogging (Twitter)

time spent social networking

Time Spent Social Networking (Source:


28% of Time Spent Onlie is Social Networking

Below find more articles to read about Internet and how people spend time online. I believe, these pages can be a great source of vocabulary for English learners and also useful in our everyday life. Definitely, check them out:

Podcast: Internet Vocabulary | Our Obsession With Our Devices

  • distractions
  • electronic devices
  • reading work-related email
  • favorite site
  • loosing hours of your life to Facebook
  • shopping on Amazon
  • to struggle to tear themselves away from their smartphones
  • laptops, iPad
  • to constantly check our text, emails, voicemails
  • Internet is addictive
  • feeling sucked in Facebook
  • reduction of freedom
  • browser
  • spend no more than 30 minutes on Twitter
  • spend no more than hour a day playing….
  • you cannot abstain from it
  • it does take discipline
  • it takes education
  • to be highly selective consumer
  • be wise to this
  • push back so you can resist
  • you can take charge instead of it taking charge of you
  • Internet and our electronics are wonderful
  • I use them all the time
  • they will take me away from what matters most to me in life
  • the Web is a profound temptation for many
  • my phone shut off
  • personal messages
  • staying in touch with your family
  • keep calling if I don’t answer
  • lots of people are very attached to their electronic devices
  • the way most people do it…
  • off button
  • to use the phone as a phone
  • cellphone
  • to leave the smartphone behind
  • you need  to be reached
  • found myself not enjoying my day as much as I could
  • things like email
  • we end up bringing them everywhere
  • you get distracted
  • go to the park on Saturday by herself without her smartphone
  • to make a phone call
  • 15 minute breaks
  • I find it…
  • Internet too often tries to make me feel like…
  • to be a slave to your devices
  • need to set boundaries
  • to take back control
  • spend sixty hours during the week surfing the web
  • digital devices
  • seat at the computer all day
  • massive amounts of information
  • stepping away from the computer
  • putting down the phone
  • social media
  • reading friends’ posts
  • it creates anxiety
  • to feel depressed
  • talking online
  • she’s out of touch with her friends other than on Facebook
  • waste time
  • screen sucking
  • compulsive email checker
  • time wasting situations
  • checking Facebook
  • none of this helps my life
  • move on with your life
  • americans spend an average of five hours on their smartphones every day

Video:  This is What Happens When You Reply to Spam Email

Okay, That’s it. Unfortunately,  I haven’t found some kind of useful video that has enough amount of  Internet-related vocabulary. Nevertheless,  I  have one video to entertain you. In my  opinion, when learning a language it’s very important to be interested  and engaged. Sometimes it’s ok to relax and just have fun watching a video in English


IELTS Resources: How will The Internet Affect Our Lives?

Here’s the link to  my favorite website ( when it comes to IELTS preparation. Take a look at great sample answer from Simon. I noticed that probably the main reason, why IELTS candidates like his lessons, is that he gives simple and short but very clear examples.

Be sure to visit his website and check out  this post called IELTS Speaking Part 3: How will the Internet affect our lives?

Please, If you have interesting materials and links (articles, podcasts, video), share them with us! I really appreciate if you do that in  comments section.

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