IELTS & TOEFL Vocabulary – Technology

IELTS & TOEFL Vocabulary – Technology


Hi there! My name is Emma, and today’s lesson
is a very important one. It’s on vocabulary that has to do with technology. So in this
lesson, we will be covering 13 new vocabulary words that you probably don’t know. We’ll
also talk a little bit about whether or not to use “the” with technology. This lesson is especially good if you are
planning on taking the TOEFL or the IELTS, or any other test like that, because they
often have questions that have to do with technology on those types of tests. So you may get an essay question asking, “How
has technology improved our lives?” or “Think of a technology that you couldn’t live without”.
For these tests vocabulary plays a very important role in your mark. So you really want to score
high on vocabulary. These words will help you to do that, okay? So let’s get started. First of all, we have “technology” written here.
As you can see, it’s a noun, and in general, it’s uncountable. So I’ll talk a
little bit about that in a second. We also have “technological”, which is the
adjective form of “technology”, okay? So what is “technology?” It’s a very, very
general term which encompasses many things. So oftentimes, “technology” refers to tools,
machines, information, which make tasks or jobs easier, and which improve our lives —
so a very broad definition for technology. Okay, so here I have a sentence: “The technology
has made our lives better.” You’ll notice this big red X. This is one of the most common
mistakes I see ESL students make. They love to put “the” with “technology”, but this is incorrect.
So this sentence should really be, “Technology has made our lives better.” And
the reason is, because technology is uncountable and this is a general technology. We’re talking
about technology generally, here. We’re not talking about a specific type of technology.
We’re talking very generally, so you don’t need “the”, okay? So when you write your IELTS
or TOEFL essay, don’t write “the technology”, unless… our second sentence: “I saw a lecture
on the technology of storytelling.” So this is actually a lecture I did see. It was a
TED Talk I watched and it was called “The Technology of Storytelling”. In this case,
we do have “the”, “the technology”. This is okay, because we’re talking about a specific technology.
What type of technology is it? “The technology of” — this is usually a clue – storytelling.
So if – let me write “specific”… If you’re just saying “technology” and the
next thing is a verb, don’t use “the”. If you are saying “technology of (something)”,
use “the”, okay? So now let’s look at some of the words we’re going
to learn in this lesson. Okay, we have three words here first of all,
that have to do with people, okay? So, these are our people words. We have our positive
words, and you see the big smiley face meaning this refers to positive things about people,
and then we have negative words or a sad face. So let’s look at the positive words first. The
first one we have is “technophile”. Okay, a “technophile”. So what is a technophile?
Well “-phile”, anytime you see “phile”, this means love, okay? We have a lot of words…
“cinephile” is someone who loves films, for example. “-phile” is a key part of this word,
and it means love. Can you guess what this means: “technophile”? A “technophile” is a
noun, so it’s a person and it’s someone who loves technology, okay? Someone who
loves technology is a technophile. Now we have the opposite of a “technophile”,
a “technophobe”. So, just like “phile” means love, “phobe” adds a very important meaning to this word.
“Phobe” is similar to “phobia”, and a “phobia” is a fear of something. So
if you are a “technophobe”, you have a fear of technology. You’re afraid of technology,
so someone afraid of technology. So for me, between being a “technophile” and a
“technophobe”, I’d probably consider myself a “technophobe”. I know I make these online
videos, so it’s a little bit… I guess ironic, but I don’t have an iPad. I don’t have an iPhone.
All these modern gadgets, they actually make me feel stressed out and anxious. So I’m a “technophobe”. But presumably, if
you’re watching our videos online, maybe you’re a technophile, and this is very good if you
want to learn English. If you like technology there’s a lot of technology to
help you learn English better. Okay, so our next word is “tech-savvy”. Now
this is an adjective that has to do with people and someone who is tech-savvy is someone who
knows a lot about computers or technology. I put computers here, but it can be technology in general.
So, those people who are extremely good when they touch a computer. You know,
it does the right thing automatically. Those people are very tech-savvy. They don’t run into a lot of the same problems I
do when I use a computer. So I am not tech-savvy. But an example: “He is tech-savvy.” Okay,
so now let’s look at some other words that refer more to the actual technology. The words to my side are words that can be
used to describe different technology. Okay, different types of technology. The first word
we have, again we have positive words, so these are what you want when you buy a piece
of equipment or some form of technology. And then we have negative words, so
this is what you don’t want, okay? So first of all, the first word is “cutting-edge”.
So this can be either a noun or an adjective and “cutting-edge” means it’s the leader. It’s at
the forefront. It’s in the lead of technology. So for example, I hear in South Korea they
have robotic teachers, so robotic ESL teachers and teachers teaching classrooms. I don’t
know if this is true, but I’ve seen some news clips about it, and so I would say that that
is definitely cutting-edge technology, robotic teachers, okay? Now, “state-of-the-art” has a very similar meaning.
It means the most recent and the best. Okay, so state-of-the-art is the most
recent and the best. It’s also an adjective. So an example is: at the time of this filming,
I think the iPad 3 has come out, and I would say this is “state-of-the-art”
technology, the iPad 3. Maybe in a few years there’ll be an iPad 9 or
10 and things will be different, but right now that’s the state-of-the-art technology, okay?
We can also use “the latest”, when we describe technology. This is an adjective and
it just means “the newest”. “Have you bought the latest iPhone”, for example. Our next word is “obsolete”. This is a negative word.
This whole section is negative. “Obsolete” is an adjective, and it means “no longer used”. So
what’s an example of something that’s “obsolete”? I have a huge collection of VHS tapes at my house.
My VCR doesn’t work and now we use DVDs, or Blu-Ray discs, so VHSs are “obsolete”.
They’re no longer used. Another word very similar to “obsolete” is “outdated”.
“Outdated” is an adjective, and again, it means “very old”, or it’s also a
synonym of “obsolete”. So what is outdated? Well, if you bought a computer from the 1980s
today — so you bought a 1980s personal computer — that would probably be considered “outdated,”
because we have all these newer models, which work a lot better. So
that’s “outdated”, okay? Now we are just going to switch back to our
positive side and we have the word “compact”. “Compact” is an adjective, and what does it mean?
It means small, easy to carry. This is my cellphone, very small. It’s compact. It fits
in my pocket. It’s not clumsy. It’s not bulky. “Bulky” is the opposite of “compact”. “Bulky”
is an adjective, and it’s when something is very massive, and kind of a little bit clumsy. It’s hard to…
you can’t put it in your pocket. So, I don’t know if you remember if you were
born in the early 1990s, cellphones used to look like walkie-talkies. You could say that
they were bulky. You couldn’t put them in your pocket. They were big. Now they’ve gotten
a lot smaller and they are more compact. So now let’s look at a couple of other
words that have to do with technology. These are our last three words. Sorry, our
last two words. “User-friendly”. This again, is a very good thing. If something is user-friendly
— it’s an adjective and it means it’s easy to use. So for someone like a technophobe like me, I
really want something that’s “user-friendly”. So here is an example sentence, and some of
you may disagree with this, but some people would say, “Facebook is
very user-friendly.” I don’t know where I stand on that. With the
latest Facebook edition, I don’t know if it’s so user-friendly or not, but some people would
say Facebook is very user-friendly, okay? Now our final word for today is “glitch.”
“Glitch” is a noun and it means a defect, problem, or error. Oftentimes, we talk about
glitches when we’re talking about computers, okay? And so plural, this is “glitches” with an “-es”, okay?
So here’s our example sentence. Some of you may have been on EngVid trying to
do some of our quizzes the other day. “The quizzes on EngVid had some glitches a couple
of days ago.” But they’re fixed now, so I invite you to come practice our vocabulary and try
our quizzes at www.engvid.com. Until next time! Learn English for free
www.engvid.com

Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “IELTS & TOEFL Vocabulary – Technology

  1. Hi, Am international student and I want to take TOFEL or ILETS so I want some one who’s native English speaker so I could practice with him / her on Speaking English skills so I could do well in TOFEL OR ILETS exam so if anyone have quality like this I hope to be reach me out here, please ?

    Thanks for all of who’ accept this requirement .

  2. I know it's too late to ask but I really want to know. The words that Emma told I can use my IELTS writing test? Is that formal words??

  3. EMMA don't be a tecnophobe…….you need to create a Facebook account to get in contact and talk about our love……..o mami you are the most beatiful teacher that I had never had

  4. There is no objection that you are a very good teacher but your chest is very open. It distracts young stars. Instead of paying attention to your speech they pay attention to your body language! In my opinion, you should more cover your body so that students can be more attentive to your instructions! Thanks a lot! God bless you!

  5. Montevideo Uruguay,Noticia al momento,Rafa,bueno otra cosa muy husal por estos lados es ir al cine o salir al centro a camainar,pila de gente por ahora y en esta epoca salen a caminar a donde sea.Tambien tra csa en cant a lo muy husal es ir al stadio a ver os partidos d futbol,pero como esta media insegura algunsos estamos obligados a tener una tele en casa,lo cierto es que yo iba muy a menudo a ver los aptidos per no cuando jugaba mi equipo Naconal se llama ahoroa soy del Plasa Colona me gusta nada mas,pero por l de mi ida aya estoy dejando de ser incha de este club.Los viernes es mjy husal comer pizza y acompaniarla con zervesa.Sobre algunas cosas n comun es ir a bailar,yo antes iba a bailar tang ya que me empeso a gustarme enfin,pero donde iba en el club donde haca guimnacia se fue y vino oro y me cambiaon el dia para seguir la clase de tango y milomgas,m encanta este tipo de baie no soy de los que bailan Rock and Roll,soy esos,tipos de gente que baila solo tango ya que es mas lento y no demaciado raido com es el twist y otros estilos de bailes.Bueno em quedan 15 minutos y me pogo ave los videos tuos de vocabulario.

  6. Montevideo Urugay,Noticias al mmento,Raf por otoro lado hase uns anios atras que el de cocinar en al casa se puso a la moda no porque a mi desde chicio quria ser cosinero no pude peor segui y po eso me gustaia pderlo haserlo aya ya que voy a Tonto a quedarme por mientras tengo un primo aya que vive en a Capital de Toronto y hasta que no vea una caaa paar mi buenos eguire con elos viviendo n se de la srpresa.Como estan los EE.UU conlo deTrump,es por eso qe no em quedo ni en Michigan ni en Las Vegas.Por eso em acordede un primo mio que vive aya en Toronto.Asi que bueno cuando este en Toronto y en casa de mi primo viviendo aya ya te dire en donde es al direccon para si qieres saber del espaniol y buen lo hablaremos al momentoo en algun fin de semana cuando Puedas Ema,por otr lado sgeuire con esto que em gusto a demas,y bueno dejo por aca,ya que quiero segir tus lecones de ingles Canadiensne,y furon mis Noticas al momento,asi que desde las 17 hasta las 1 estare contigo,y fueron mis Noticias al momento,besos,Rafa.

  7. Montevideo Uruguay,Noticias al momento,Rafa,me gustariaenseniarte a bailar el tango auque se o basico hablando de a tecnologuia computadoras phonos,y demas cosas que a mi por la parte del cine me irian ser de buenas.Asi qu si me consigues para ensayat os pimeros pasos del tano y milongas me gustaria podr tener algun dico de algun conosido que et lo pueda grabarlo,entre otas de las cosas,en canto ala tencolguia ahy un termin que la traduccion es de gula o sea estar en la compu,phono hablando largo y tendido con otro,es un termino,muy husal en el Rio de la plaat por desir algo.Que mas de lo que capte paar amnartelo en espaniol,de esta leccion no lo se,bueno asi que si es muy "contaguosa la tecnologaia de ahora y tienes,que pensar para que la irias a husarla si lo vas a comprarla,y bueno y fueron mis Noticias al momento,Rafa,asi que maniana por al atrde seria de musica lo de las palabras ya lgas frases,husales,y fueron mis Nticias al momento,Rafa.

  8. Hay Emma,, it is a wonderful Video, Could I write like " Ipad 3 has state of the art technology." kindly reply… Be happy and stay awesome… Regards

  9. Truly Truly useful……I watched all tutorials uploaded…… no other references….managed to score 7.5 in IELTS…Thank you so much Emma

  10. madame do u have a fb to keep on tech , i would like to improve my speaking level and need some one to talk , thnks hope u the best .

  11. Montevideo Uruguay,Noticias al momento,Rafa,despues de la leccion 3 d hablando ingles la 4arta leccion de habland en ingles no al tengo solo despues de la 5 en adelante esta si si me la puedes subirmelas todas las demas menos las que ya estan subidas,y bueno en cuanto a lo de la tecnologuia en al computadora solo me entidno en la parte de Mantenimiento de los virus ya que em quedo grabado lso vrus los nombres de los mismos y demas lo cieto es que con la gracia del cine que estudiare,despues cuando este en el curso te enviare para cual aventuras dentro de la jerga de los Superheroes y heroinas,te lo comentare asi que me serviaria de mucho en cuanto ala parte de paguina ya que em veo en ella dentro de los sstemas dela computacion con el cine el unico curso que se medio gracias a la publicidad que mado para aac los de la U.del cine en N.ork,sino igual me iria,ya que no etng que ahser solo musica y demas cosas y no me gusta aca por modestia parte sobretodo cuando llega el verano sufr de una manea inceible por otras de las cosas es por eso que en noviembre no mevendre a pasar el verano lo tendria muy comprometido ya que el claor es insoportable en esta latitud,fiajte y veras el claor que hay en el verano y es por es que no vendria y lo tengo comprometido por lo del verano siempre em ha hecho una mala jugarreta,y fueron mis Noticias al momento,en cuanto ala parte de tecnoloja y porque lo del verano aca NO MAS,y fueron mis Noticias al momento,Rafa

  12. Montevideo Uruguay,Noticias al momento,Raf el significado de Fechnologguy no se que es en cuanto ala parte de lso verbos si es??????????????????????????,a dmas nunca la havai escuchado asi que por favor Emma cuando tengases un tiempo mandamela con el traductor de la compu que algunas al tiene creo que mi laptop no la tine por desgracia vermos despeus,y fueron mis Noticias al omento,Rafa.

  13. Montevideo Uruguay,Noticias al momento,Rafa,asi que lod etraduccion para videos me va a servir de muchi asi que descarto lo que escribir de aprender guimnacia y demas que havia visto pero igualmente no lo haria ya que con lo de Traducir videso tuyos asiq eu beuno me basat y me sobra y mas lode Direcor de cine ahi estaria bien ,y bueno y fueron is Noticias al momento,Rafa sigo con tus lecciones,Emma,y fueon mis Notiias al momento,Rafa.

  14. advice if you want learn english by good way don't watching video the teacher woman because your mind just concentrate to her

  15. Hard-working teacher! Do you know how expensive in China to take an English class like this? But Emma teaches us for free!

  16. Could you make more videos about vocabulary like this? The video really helpful and easy for me to remember.

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  18. In Cambridge book it states for general words use ‘the’ ..for specific we know but for general like the family ???The development

  19. Hello wellcome my speak english are you you propos me you speak otomatic my not apset you thak you my progres my life

  20. My phone was a state-of-art when I bought it last year. I'm not a technophobe, and I like to have the latest technology with me. Call me a tech-savvy if you want, but cellphones are the cutting-edge technology of this century. I consider myself as a technophile.

  21. Please let me know why you did not put the word “more” at the end of the sentence : tools, machines, information which make tasks more easier …

  22. Emma, i great and take,for your engvid tv, i evrytime learn your engvid, im so thanks you teach give me free, i how much be love, but how much i dont will say, very i lucky funtustic, forever i thanks give for you, sometime for i would give you bless , god of name and i give to you, forever went long your before great gob be done,

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