Mobile Phone Practice Questions
- How much time do you usually spend on your mobile phone?
- What is the biggest problem that comes from owning a smartphone?
- What do you look for when buying a phone?
- When can mobile phones be annoying?
- Do you find mobile phones useful for shopping?
Describe a phone application you use frequently. You should say:
- What it is,
- What you use it for,
- Why you use it frequently,
- And say how it could be improved.
- Should smartphones be banned from schools?
- Do young and older people use mobile phones differently?
- At what age do you think children should get their first phone?
- In general, do you think that smartphones have been good for society?
- What is the impact of mobile phones on the workplace?
- How has the way we use phones changed in the last 10 years?
Mobile Phone Vocabulary
These words and phrases are taken from the sample answer video. I’ve written them below in the same order they appear in the video.
- Spend time on
- When we spend time on something, we use our time on that thing.
- Communicate with someone.
- On a mobile phone, these are extra things that the phone does that aren’t essential.
- Battery life
- This refers to how long a battery lasts for without running out of energy. It’s common to say ‘good’ or ‘bad’ with ‘battery life’ but you can also use ‘long’ or ‘short’.
- A device to play sounds directly into your ears. You might also hear ‘earbuds’ which are headphones that sit in your ear and are wireless. For example, Apple AirPods are a famous type of earbud.
- Spill out
- For headphones, this is when sound can be heard by other people who are nearby.
- Short for ‘application’. You can use this for computer applications, but it is especially common with phone applications.
- Minute to minute
- Used to describe something that it updated every minute or constantly.
- Hand in
- When you give something to someone for safekeeping.
- Tech savvy
- Used to describe someone who is comfortable with and has a lot of knowledge of technology.
- Digital native
- Someone who has grown up in the digital age (since home computers and cellphones became popular). The idea is that they are as familiar with these devices as people are about their native language.
- A verb that is used a lot with phones. In this usage, it means looking at your phone to see if you have any messages, emails or other important notifications.
- Have access to the internet
- Be able to connect to the internet.
- Messager app
- An application for messaging with people like Slack, WhatsApp, Line, WeChat etc.
- Comparable with
- When two things are close enough that you can compare them.