Thứ Tư, 24 tháng 2, 2021

Talking about Gadgets!


  1. What gadgets do you use in your everyday life?

  2. Which device do you prefer to use for browsing the Internet?

  3. Do you enjoy using the Internet?

  4. What are your favorite websites?

  5. Do you like to go shopping online?

Gadget  /ˈɡædʒɪt/


   Nowadays almost everybody owns a gadget.

Some popular gadgets:

Tablet computer

MP3 player

Hover board

Virtual reality headset /ˈvɜːrtʃuəl/

Drone (n)

Digital scale

Robot vacuum cleaners

Smart Faucet/ Tap

Wireless speakers

Smartphone /ˈsmɑːrtfəʊn/


   I'm so proud of my new smartphone. It's the latest model of the iPhone.

Talking about Smartphone:

Mobile phone = Cell phone # Landline phone

Sim card



Power button

Home button

Volume control

Sound off switch





To tap an icon

Double tap

To swipe left # Swipe right

To scroll up # Scroll down

To plug in (your earphones/ charger)

To send a message # Receive a message

To read a message

To reply a message

To text

To browse facebook/ instagram = Surf facebook/ instagram

To post a photo on facebook/ instagram

To take a photo/ selfie

To edit a photo

To make a call

To answer a call

To hang up # To pick up

To dial

To connect

Connection (noun)

A missed call

To save


Don't forget to save his number 

To get notifications

Social media

Social Media sites/ apps:







Smartphone zombies

Smartphone addiction

Some questions about Smartphones:

1. Do you have a smartphone? What brand is it?

2. In your opinion, which company makes the best smartphones?

3. How long do you spend every day looking at your smartphone?

4. Are you a smartphone Zoombie?

5. What social media apps do you have?

6. What's your favorite app?

7. What do you usually use a smartphone for?

8. Should smartphones be banned from schools?

9. How do you feel when people look at their phones while talking to you?

10. Do you think smartphones will get bigger or smaller in future?

Other Vocabularies:


Advanced technology

Technological (adj)

Technological trend

High tech /ˌhaɪˈtek/


   Some high tech solutions are less reliable than the basic technology they replace.

Vital /ˈvaɪtl/(adj)=  extremely important


   Gadgets have become a vital part of our everyday life.

Tool /tuːl/


   Early humans made tools out of stone.

Laptop /ˈlæptɑːp/


   With a laptop, I can work almost anywhere as long as I have an internet connection.

Tablet /ˈtæblət/


   I don't have a tablet, because it's enough for me to have a smartphone for making calls and surfing the internet. And I better use a laptop to work or to watch a movie.

PC – personal computer  /ˌpiːˈsiː/


   I have a PC in my office at work, but prefer a laptop for home so that I can use it in different locations around the house.

Computer age

Geek /ˈɡik/ (n) # Nerd


He's such a geek.

To keep up with

Chic (adj) = stylist = high fashion

Current affairs

To keep someone informed of


I want to know what you decide, so keep me informed

To look up new words/ vocabularies

To go online

Time consuming (adj)

Harmful (adj)

To spread

Fake news

Screen time

To communicate

To access the information

Monitor /ˈmɒnɪtər/ 


   Doctors watched the old man's heartbeat on a monitor.

Screen  /skriːn/


   I spend most of the day working in front of a computer screen.

Keyboard /ˈkiːbɔːrd/


   She told us how easy it was to use the new computer and demonstrated it by pressing a few keys on the keyboard.

Mouse /maʊs/


   A mouse is a device which makes it easier to select different options from computer menus.

Cursor = pointer /ˈkɜrsər/


   You can move the cursor either by using the mouse or by using the arrow keys on the keyboard.

Disk drive  /ˈdɪsk ˌdraɪv/


   It happened several times in the disk drive industry as drives became smaller.

Charger  /ˈtʃɑːrdʒɚ/


   The battery in my laptop is almost empty. I need to find the charger quickly.

Speakers /ˈspikərz/


   We bought new speakers for our stereo system.

Headphones /ˈhedfoʊnz/ 

- Earphones /ˈɪrfoʊnz/


   I need to buy a new set of earphones, cause my old pair is broken.

Wire /waɪr/


   Don't touch those wires if you don't want to be hurt by electricity.

Wireless /ˈwaɪrləs/


   The computer comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard.

Software  /ˈsɑːftwer/


   Bella was able to create some amazing photographic effects after installing the new software on her computer.

Hardware  /ˈhɑːrdwer/


   Computer hardware includes the monitor, keyboard, disk drive, mouse and wiring.

Operating system /ˈɑːpəreɪt̬ɪŋ ˌsɪstəm/


   I chose to buy a laptop which is based on the Windows operating system.

To boot up – to start a computer.


   Please, boot up the computer and I’ll show you how to send an email.

To reboot /ˌriːˈbuːt/ = restart a computer


   If this doesn't work, close the program and reboot the system.

To switch sth on/off


   Everyone must switch off mobile phones till the end of the flight.

To plug in  /ˈplʌɡ ɪn/


   The keyboard plugs in at the back of the computer.

Innovation /ˌɪnəˈveɪʃən/


   I'm really interested in the latest innovations in computer and smartphone technologies.

AI /ˌeɪˈaɪ/ = artificial intelligence


   Although the development of AI still sounds like science fiction, some people believe there will come a time when computers will rule the world.

Up to date = updated = modern

  • to keep up to date


   We always keep our software up to date.

Outdated = not modern, old-fashioned /ˌaʊtˈdeɪt̬ɪd/


   Nowadays this technique is completely outdated.

To modify /ˈmɑːdɪfaɪ/


   It is possible to modify the keyboard to suit the individual user.

To upgrade  /ʌpˈɡreɪd/


   Every year my mobile phone company sends me emails with advice to upgrade my smartphone to the latest model.

To browse websites = to surf the web

- Browser (n)


   I spent a few hours browsing the websites today, until I found what I was looking for.

We have many browsers like like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Coc Coc...

To send an attachment  /əˈtætʃmənt/

- To attach


   My brother sent an attachment with his homework to his professor.

To access websites/email


   John accessed his email today to see if he had received any letters.

To back up files


   I had to back up files on my computer, because I was going to reinstall my operating system.

To be stuck behind a computer


   A lot of teenagers are stuck behind their computers all day long.

To face technical problems/difficulties


   I feel so helpless every time when i face any technical problems.

To check the connection /tʃek ðə kəˈnekʃən/


   If you cannot open a web page, you need to check the Internet connection.

The digital age /ˈdɪdʒət̬əl ˌeɪdʒ/


   Young people born in the digital age, as they’ve grown up with computers, find it easier to adapt to new technologies than older generations.


  1. What gadgets do you have?

  2. How often do you use them? What for?

  3. What is better: a laptop or a computer?

  4. How long do you usually spend in front of a computer/laptop screen?

  5. What do you think about tablets? Are they necessary or useless?

  6. Do you use earphones or headphones? If yes, what kind of earphones or headphones do you have?

  7. Do you back up files in case of a computer crash?

  8. Do you agree that gadgets have become a vital part of our life? Examples?

  9. Do you think that smartphones and computers are necessary tools?

  10. Do you control gadgets or do they control you?

  11. Do you think gadgets help us to save or to waste the time?

  12. Do you try to keep up to date with the latest innovations?

  13. How often do you upgrade your smartphone/computer?

  14. What is the biggest benefit of having a smartphone?

  15. Would you like to live in a modern house that was under control of a computer?

  16. What is the biggest danger that comes from owning a smartphone?

  17. Aside from making calls, what do you use your smartphone for?

  18. Do you ever pay for things using a smartphone? Are you comfortable with this?

More practice:

Describe your favorite gadget. 

You should say: 

What is it 
When did you get it 
How often do you use it 
and say why is it so important to you

Crossword about Gadgets


1. Necessary for the success or continued existence of something; extremely important for life.

4. A portable computer that is small enough to be carried around easily and is flat when closed.

7. The set of keys on a computer or typewriter that you press in order to make it work.

9. A flat surface in a cinema, on a television, or as part of a computer, on which pictures or words are shown.

11. A small device that you move across a surface in order to move a pointer on your computer screen.

12. A computer screen that you touch to get information, buy something, etc.

13. A device that controls the flow of liquid, especially water, from a pipe.

16. To suddenly stop working (about a computer).

17. A computer program that is designed for a particular purpose.

21. A thin metal thread with a layer of plastic around it, used for carrying electric current.

22. The development and use of a new idea or method; the introduction of something new: an idea, method, or device.

23. A device that is used to fill a battery with electricity, for example in a mobile phone or laptop.

26. Old-fashioned and therefore not as good or as fashionable as something modern (adj).


2. A small, flat computer that is controlled by touching the screen or by using a special pen.

3. A piece of electrical equipment for playing recorded sound, through which the sound is played.

5. A brand name for a system for connecting electronic equipment such as mobile phones, computers, and electronic organizers to each other and to the internet using radio signals.

6. An aircraft that does not have a pilot but is controlled by someone on the ground, used especially for dropping bombs or for watching of a place from the top.

8. A mobile device for making calls that can be used as a small computer and that connects to the Internet.

10. A message that is automatically sent to you on your mobile phone or computer.

11. A computer screen or a device with a screen on which words or pictures can be shown.

14. A device with a part to cover each ear through which you can listen to music, radio broadcasts, etc. without other people hearing.

15. The instructions that control what a computer does; computer programs and other operating information used by a computer and related devices.

18. To make changes to something such as a vehicle, machine, or tool, so that it can be used for a different purpose or in a different way or in order to make it work better.

19. Someone who is extremely interested in computers, esp. someone whose only interest is computers.

20. The physical and electronic parts of a computer and related devices.

24. A small machine or piece of electronic equipment that has a particular purpose.

25. A movable symbol on a computer screen that shows the point where you can change a text or image.

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