Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn 8+ idioms and slang about technology- a very common IELTS topic!

In order to impress the examiner in Speaking and Writing, you must show an ability to use idiomatic language appropriately.

The phrases below will all help you stand out in this regard.

Note that some of them can be used in both Speaking and Writing, due to the level of formality.

Choose 3 of the phrases you feel comfortable using, and add them to your vocabulary notebook.

Remember that you must, then, practice using them so you remember them on test day!

Techie– (speaking) A person who works in the technology field.

San Francisco is full of techies. I miss the good old days of hippies and artists!

Scroll through my feed– (speaking and writing) Look at your social media feed, usually on Facebook

I waste so much time scrolling through my feed. I should really spend that time reading the newspaper.

Back to the drawing board– (speaking and writing) Start over

The new dictionary app does not work at all. Guess they’ll have to go back to the drawing board on that one.

Eye candy– (speaking) Something that is attractive to look out, without substance

The homepage is just eye candy. It looks beautiful at first glance, but there’s really no information there that’s useful.

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Unplug– (speaking and writing) Disconnect from technology devices

I’m going to unplug this weekend. I’m going to turn off my phone and computer, and go camping.

A flash in the pan– (speaking and writing) Popular for a very brief time

Nintendo’s app Miitomo was just a flash in the pan. No one uses it anymore

How would you use today’s phrases?

Share your example sentences in the comments section below!

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