Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn band 8 specific vocabulary for apps to use on your next IELTS Speaking Exam.

The topic of cell phones and apps, or applications (we rarely use the full word), pops up often on the IELTS Speaking Exam.

In Speaking Part 1, you could be asked about your favorite apps, for instance.

In Part 2, perhaps you’ll be asked to describe a time you were glad your phone was with you.

Then, in Part 3, you may be asked more serious questions, about digital addictions and social media issues.

The key, as always, to getting high scores for Fluency and Vocabulary is to always provide specific details, and the vocabulary today will help you accomplish that.



8+ Vocabulary for Apps

Podcast app– an app that streams podcasts, such as the All Ears English one (, and Stitcher

Push notifications– notifications that apps send to your phone, that pop up on your lock screen or home screen, such as those from newspapers like the New York Times


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Disable– turn off a function

Enable– turn on a function

Fitness trackers– apps that track your exercise or eating habits

Streaming contentaudio or video that streams directly to your phone, such as Spotify or Netflix or YouTube

Financial services– Most banks have their own apps these days, where you can transfer money, or make deposits or withdrawals

Voice activationwithout touching your phone, some apps can be activated, or turned on, just by talking to your phone

Practice using today’s vocabulary in your own IELTS answers!

How can you use today’s vocabulary to talk about your favorite apps?

Share your sentences in the comments section below!


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