describe a piece of equipment in your home
you should say:
what it is;
how often you use it;
who you usually use it with;
and explain why this item is important to you.
well, i'm going to talk about something you may well be familiar with – a laptop computer. i use mine mostly for e-mails but also for word processing, especially when i'm writing reports or something for work. i find i can organise my ideas more clearly than with the traditional pen and paper. although i do take it with me most days, i don't actually use it for very long at a time because the power doesn't last for more than a few hours if it's not plugged in. like most people, i use my phone for most smaller tasks so although i have my laptop, it's not always on.
now, the first step in using a laptop is quite obvious – you have to turn it on. this can take quite a while depending on the model. what you do next depends on your particular reason for using it, but i'm going to talk about connecting to the internet. after making sure that the laptop is on, you need to click the wifi signal icon to connect to a wireless network. of course, you don't need to do this if you have already connected to that network before as your computer will remember and automatically connect you. if it's your first time connecting, most places will then ask for a password. once you've entered that, it can take up to a minute to connect, but then you should see a small notice on the screen telling you that you are now online – you know, connected to the internet. finally, simply type in the website address you want, or if you are just surfing then type the word or words in the search bar.
it's not at all difficult to use, but some people still have difficulty.
i consider the refrigerator to be the most useful household appliance i have. among other household appliances i would put refrigerator ahead because of its usefulness specifically for me. i live in an apartment and mostly maintain all of my tasks by myself. i can't think of living without the refrigerator i do have.
i own a refrigerator manufactured by lg and it is a side-by side refrigerator with an icemaker. i put most of the foods, water and cooked food there. it makes my life easier and helps me eat fresh foods. it is quite tough for me to cook 2-3 times a day and the refrigerator saves me from doing so. my refrigerator consists of a thermally insulated compartment and the heat pump that transfers the heat created inside to the external environment. as a result the inside of the refrigerator remains cool to a temperature below the room temperature. there is a temperature controller that the user can use to maintain the desired temperature. this temperature can differ based on the room temperature and the type of food preserved. the refrigerator also reduce the rate of spoilage of foods and foods item by maintaining a lower temperature which helps keep lower the reproduction of bacteria to a minimal level.
without the refrigerator life would have been much difficult. i would have to go to shop every now and then and buy only minimum amount of fruits, vegetables and other food items that i would be able to eat in a day.
i would have to purchase cold water in summer season and have to cook 3 times a day. that would have killed a significant amount of time and would not allow me to do other stuffs that i currently do. making ice cream, smoothie and other juices would have been quite impossible and my lifestyle would not permit me to eat fresh fruits and foods. sometimes i bring foods, meats and vegetables from my hometown and preserve them for more than a month. that would have been impossible without the refrigerator i own.
for all those reasons, the refrigerator has become an important appliance for my daily life.
tips for answering this cue card topic:
some of the useful household appliances that you can talk about for this cue card topic:
? vacuum cleaner
? heating machine
? rice cook
? floor cleaner
? microwave woven
? coffee maker
? iron machine
? washing machine etc.
pick the household appliance that you often use and choosing such an appliance would help you describing it in details. this cue card asks you to describe how this tool works and hence picking up a less complicated tool in terms of its mechanical functionality (iron machine or radio for example) would be a good idea rather than picking up a more complicated appliance like refrigerator.
to describe how this tool works, you do not have to describe the mechanical aspects of this tool; rather you can describe how you see it. for example: while describing a refrigerator, you can give mechanical and electrical aspects of this appliance but if you are not sure about these aspects simply say that you put the food items and liquid items inside the refrigerator and it maintain a temperature to keep them fresh. also mention that you can adjust the temperature and this gives you more control over the cooling process. obviously if you can give some details from the mechanical perspective of such tolls, that you be better but always keep in mind that, too much mechanical description might not interest your examiner.
to answer properly, first say the name of the household appliance with the brand name and for how long you have it. now give the functional aspects of this appliance, i.e. how it works and you should also mention how you use this tool in your home. then go to more details of the importance of this tool for you and describe how tough it would have been if you have done things manually without this tools. take washing machine for example, and you know without it you would have to wash all your clothes manually that would have been really time consuming and cumbersome. say that because of this tool you can very easily engage in other important tasks and the washing machine takes care of your laundry.
say some experiences you have before you purchased this machine and that would be good to describe the part ‘how life would be without it’. the final part of the cue card is ‘and explain why it is so important to you” and in this part you have to emphasize some of the points you have already told earlier regarding the question ‘how life would have been without it”.
some similar cue card topics:
1. describe something you own which is important to you.
2. describe an electronic equipment you own.
3. describe a tool that you often use.
4. describe a gift you recently got.
5. describe a tool you plan to buy.
6. describe a useful household appliance.
an occasion when a home appliance broke down or stopped working
describe an occasion when a home appliance broke down or stopped working
you should say:
what the equipment was
how it was broken
how this affected your life
and explain how you handled the situation
what are the common home appliances that people use these days?
do you think modern technology makes people lazier?
what can people do to protect their equipment from technical problems?
when an electronic item of yours does not work, would you repair it or buy a new one?
are you good at handling problems on your own?
i remember once, a few years ago it was, when i had a problem with my washing machine. it was quite an old machine but it had always worked very well and was effective at washing clothes, sheets and such like.
anyway, one day when i was using it, i noticed some water leaking out from underneath the machine. it was maybe about half-way through the washing cycle when this happened. i started to mop up the water and thought it maybe wasn’t anything serious – but a few minutes later a wave of water appeared across the floor of the laundry room, it was as if i’d just opened the door on the machine while it was still full of water.
i couldn’t mop up the water fast enough. i had to turn the machine off, and there was still more water inside it. so, the machine stopped and i continued trying to mop up the water, eventually managing to get the floor dry.
i’m not a technical person at all, so i called my brother who is quite good at things like that and he came around later in the afternoon to have a look at it. it only took him about 5 minutes to find the problem – apparently one of the water hoses at the back of the machine had come loose and that was why the water had been pouring out from under the machine instead of draining away through the hose.
he managed to reconnect it again and then we tested the washing machine by filling it with a little water and some clothes to make sure that it would operate again normally. thankfully it did … so it was quite a simple problem to fix, but it was very inconvenient at the time. i’m happy to say that it’s been working fine ever since then – just like it used to.
【介绍科技的背景】vr,aka virtual reality, is a computerized scenario that simulates a lifelike experience.
【介绍科技的使用】the immersive environment, that is to say, can be similar to the real world through a headset, or a smart phone.
【描述感受1-互动性强】the reason why people are indulging in this is that it allows a person with vr equipment to look around the artificial world and even interact with virtual features. for those who are obsessed, it is like a seventh heaven.
【描述感受2-游戏与vr结合很酷】vr can be the rage when it comes to the combination of vr and video games. let’s say we are now in a virtual world created by vr and all the items in the video game are within reach. and we can experience every detail with the help of vr. it is like, in plain words, the whole game world is in front of you. it is the pinnacle of technological experience. wouldn’t that be fun?
1. lifelike adj. 逼真的
2. that is to say 也就是说，表示进一步的解释
3. the seventh heaven 指神的居住地，是一个幸福的地方。引申描述十分开心，欣喜若狂的感觉。
4. be the rage 十分流行
5. let’s say 口语，表示假设
6. in plain words 简单的说，表示总结
7. pinnacle n. 极点;顶点，顶峰