IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #73 Describe something interesting you learnt from the internet

Describe something interesting you learnt from the internet. You should say:
What you learnt?
What website you learnt it from? How you learnt it?
And explain why you think it was interesting

Sample Answer:

I’m really into learning cooking in the Internet. There is a website called the Expert of Cate, which is very popular teaching visitors how to cook simple but tasty food. Each lesson is produced in video with up-to-date culinary tips and advice, along with the tasty recipes. I believe it appeals to anyone who loves life and food particularly.

There is a woman hostess in the video whose sound is really kindly. She looks like a patient and kind-hearted housewife, as same as my lovely mom. She is good at cooking all kinds of food, and teaching you how to cook it yourself step by step as well. I always get access to the website to learn some new food during the weekends, especially before starting preparing the dinner at night. I only spend no more than five minutes to learn a new recipe, sitting in front of my computer and taking some notes from time to time.

Thanks to this website, I can cook something for my family now. Although I can’t cook very well, I will acquire a sense of achievement when someone enjoys my dishes.
Besides, this website helped a lot and changed me from a layman to a person who enjoys cooking. On top of that, it may be an easy way to let off steam during the weekend after a one-week tiring work.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What are some of the advantages of internet?
    Internet has surely come up with great advantages to offer all of us. Firstly, it allows for free communication with people far off from us. You see, it is very easy to know how your friends miles away from you is actually. Also, internet provides us with information regarding anything and everything. There are so many people writing about so many things and often people share their experiences helping others stuck in the same issue.
    Internet surely has made the world a smaller and a better place.
  2. Do people in your country use internet a lot?
    There has been a recent trend of internet with the coming of smart phones. I surely think that since the past decade the use of internet has surely risen in my country. You can now see even the elderly people learning how to use it and chat with their kids online. They would form groups and laugh at the new WhatsApp joke. Apart from them, internet is surely very famous among the younger generation, who is ever so active to use it for either education or fun.
  3. How do you think the internet has changed our lives?
    In many ways, I suppose. First of all, the internet has changed our study and working habits. The internet had made access to information and communication a lot easier, faster and cheaper. Social network websites such as Facebook have changed personal relationships. More and more people seem to be keeping in touch with their friends and family through it. The internet is also being used to arrange for holidays and to buy products.
  4. Do you think people take notice of advertisements on the internet? Despite the fact that there are many adverts on the internet these days, I think actually many people tend to ignore them, or at least that is my experience. People usually go onto the internet to find something specific that they are looking for, which may be a
    product, or to read about something, so they will ignore what is not relevant to that. But of course there is no doubt that some people take notice of them. Advertising on the internet is a practice most companies partake in now, and they have to pay quite substantial sums to advertise on highly ranked sites. Of course they would not do this if it were not attracting customers for them.
  5. Can you think of any type or class of people in your country who have not been affected by the arrival of the internet?
    I think the internet hasn’t made much difference for the older people in my country. Except for those who move with the times, life hasn’t changed at all for the elderly with the introduction of the internet. They still prefer to go out and meet their friends rather than chatting online. I have noticed that in some businesses too, personal contact is still important despite the rise of the internet.
  6. How do you think the Internet will affect our lives in the future?
    I think the Internet will have a huge impact on our lives. In terms of personal perspective, more and more people are using social websites to keep in touch with friends. I think the Internet will probably replace TV because most channels are already available online.About economy, I think we’ll do more online shopping. Web-based companies like Amazon are already really successful. In the future, there will probably be more companies that only sell via the Internet, and I expect we’ll spend more money online than in traditional shops. Speaking of educational perspective, schools and universities might also use the Internet to provide courses, so online learning will probably become a normal part of life.
  7. How do you think it will change people’s buying habits in the future? Buying from the internet is becoming more and more popular. For example, we’ve seen many book shops close down because people can buy online at cheaper prices from sites such as Amazon. It makes life much easier if products can be delivered direct to our door, especially with our busy modern lifestyles. I think this will only increase in the future as more people feel safe to buy online and online shops make it easier to purchase this way. Also, I think our lives are only going to become busier, so more people will choose to shop this way.
  8. Are there any disadvantages to shopping on the internet?
    Buying from the internet is becoming more and more popular. For example, we’ve seen many book shops close down because people can buy online at cheaper prices from sites such as Amazon. It makes life much easier if products can be delivered direct to our door, especially with our busy modern lifestyles. I think this will only increase in the future as more people feel safe to buy online and online shops make it easier to purchase this way. Also, I think our lives are only going to become busier, so more people will choose to shop this way.
  9. Some people say that working from home will be quite common in the future. Do you agree?
    It is foreseeable that more people will work from home in the future. If the internet becomes faster and there are more programs, such as Skype, that allow people to work from home more easily, I’d predict that more people will stay at home. If you think about it, most people don’t need to be physically present to do their jobs and I envisage that face to face meetings will be a thing of the past.
  10. Can we live without the internet?
    Well, we used to live without it, just like we lived without the car and color television. But nowadays everything is based on the internet. Business, commerce, banking, shopping, education, social interaction and almost anything you can think of.The internet is now an integral part of modern life. Most people don’t even think how marvelous it is or how incredibly powerful it is. I guess it’s like the electric light bulb – we take it for granted, most people don’t know exactly how it works, but it’s part of life and it’s an essential part of modern life. So I don’t think we’ll stop using it, but it might be possible to live without it if you really want to, but your lifestyle would be very different.
  11. Do you think the government should consider educating elderly people to become computer-literate?
    No, not really. It’s a personal thing I think. Not everybody wants to or needs to be computer literate; they just need to learn the basics of email and maybe how to pay things online, like bills. However, I think most kids are happy to show or help their parents if necessary and my grandparents, for example, just aren’t interested in searching the web for information. They like to do things the way they have always done – by speaking to a person and asking questions.
  12. Other possible questions:
    Should the Internet use be compulsory for all students? Why?
    Can elderly people benefit from using the Internet, as well?
    How do you think children could be encouraged to use the Internet in positive ways?
    Do you think online education is good?
    What impact has the Internet had on modern people’s lives?

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