Describe An Invention That Is Useful In Daily Life

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an invention that is useful in daily life.

You should say:

What the invention is?
What it can do?
How popular it is?
Whether it is difficult or easy to use?
And explain why it is useful.


Describe an invention that has changed how people live

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:

As a student, my life is always busy. So, it can be hard to keep everything organized between attending classes, studying for exams, and participating in extracurricular activities.

What the invention is? and What it can do?
Here I would like to talk about the invention that has impacted our lives. It’s a smartphone, and nowadays, almost everyone has it.

What it can do?
My smartphone is like my personal assistant. It helps me keep track of my schedule, set reminders for important deadlines, and stay in touch with my friends and family. I can quickly check my emails, make calls, and send messages.

Whether it is difficult or easy to use?
One of the things I love most about my smartphone is how easy it is to use. With just a few taps on the screen, I can access all the information I need. Whether looking up information for a research paper or checking the latest news, my smartphone has got me covered.

And explain why it is useful.
But that’s not all. My smartphone also helps me stay organized with my schoolwork. I can use it to take notes during class, create to-do lists for assignments, and set reminders for upcoming tests. It’s like having a personal tutor right in my pocket.

And when I need a break from studying, my smartphone is there to help me unwind. I can use it to listen to music, watch videos, or play games. It’s the perfect way to relax and recharge before getting back to work.

In addition to all these features, my smartphone also helps me stay connected with the world around me. I can use it to follow current events, keep up with the latest trends, and stay informed about important issues. It’s like having a window to the world right at my fingertips.

Overall, my smartphone is an incredibly useful invention that has made my life as a student so much easier. From helping me stay organized and on track with my schoolwork to providing entertainment and information at my fingertips.

Model Answer 2:


  • Life has progressed by leaps and bounds due to inventions in science.
  • Nearly every field in life has been impacted by some invention.
  • However, today I would like to talk about the invention that has impacted our lives.

What the invention is?

  • It is the Internet.
  • Nearly everything we do has changed because of the Internet.

How you use this invention? and Whether it is difficult to use it?

  • The biggest difference has been in the way we communicate.
  • We can talk to anyone anytime and from anywhere.
  • Also, it is much easier to contact our friends and family because of the Internet.
  • Life has become faster as communication has become instantaneous.
  • The Internet’s impact is not only limited to just communication.
  • It has made a difference in the way we shop, the way we learn and the way we seek healthcare.
  • We can access every luxury, sitting in the comforts of our homes.
  • On the other hand, there have also been a few negatives of the Internet.
  • The Internet has, in some ways, decreased respect for the elderly.
  • First, we don’t value them as much because we are not dependent upon them for advice or suggestions as in the past.
  • We can search for anything online.
  • We don’t need to ask anyone; we can just simply search it online.
  • This is making us independent but also making our grandparents and parents feel like they are losing their importance.
  • Secondly, because they are not that comfortable using computers and the Internet, they haven’t benefited as much as the young ones.


IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe an invention that is useful in daily life”.

Q1. How has technology made our life easier?
Different technologies have made our lives easier in different ways. However, in effect, most technologies reduce our labour and save us valuable time, thus improving our quality of life considerably. They also in a way reduce our need on others because we can do everything on our own.

Q2. Which invention do you think is the most useful at home?
I think it’s very hard to choose one. It really depends upon the person and their use. For example, I find dishwashers as very useful because in my house, I have the responsibility of washing utensils. For my mother the answer might be the vacuum cleaner as she is responsible for cleaning.

Q3. Is it more difficult for old people to accept new technologies?
I think change is difficult for everyone, and the difficulty increases with age because the time we spend accustomed to something also increases as we grow older. I think rather than looking at it as a problem, we should be focusing on ways to making it easier for our elders to accept them.

Q4. What can be done to help old people learn to make use of new technologies?
Many steps can be taken to encourage the use of new technologies. Firstly, these big technology companies can organise seminars where older people can be taught about use of latest gadgets. I remember when my mother first bought a laptop, she was offered a free two hour session on its use for the whole week. At the end of the week, she knew many things, I didn’t. Secondly, family members can also be helpful in helping their parents and grandparents when they are finding something difficult.

Q5. Will our life be better if we live without technology?
Technology has improved our life in many ways but it has also brought many challenges. Life would certainly be simpler, but I wouldn’t call it better. Moreover, I think we have become so accustomed to technology just the idea of living without it is unfathomable.

Important Vocabularies:

1. Extracurricular

relating to activities that are not part of the regular school curriculum but are done in addition to it.

She participates in several extracurricular activities, including soccer and drama club.

2. Organized

arranged in a structured or systematic way.

Keeping a planner helps me stay organized and on top of my tasks.

3. Unwind

to relax after a period of work or tension. 

After a long day of studying, I like to unwind by listening to music or watching a movie.

4. Leaps and bounds

rapid and dramatic progress or improvement.

The company has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years.

5. Instantaneous

occurring or done in an instant or instantly; immediate.

The response to the emergency was almost instantaneous.

6. Luxury

a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense; an inessential, desirable item that is expensive or difficult to obtain.

The hotel offered every luxury, including a spa and gourmet restaurant.

7. Dependent

requiring someone or something for financial, emotional, or other support; determined by or contingent on something else.

She was dependent on her parents for financial support.

8. Advice

guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent future action; an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action or conduct.

She sought advice from her friends before making a decision.

9. Suggestions

an idea or plan put forward for consideration; a proposal or recommendation.

He made several suggestions for improving the project.

10. Independent

free from outside control; not subject to another’s authority; not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence.

She was proud of her independent spirit.

11. Importance

the state or fact of being of great significance or value; the quality of being important.

The importance of education cannot be overstated.

12. Adapt

to make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; to modify; to become adjusted to new conditions.

She adapted quickly to her new job.


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