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  • Vanessa: Hi, I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.

  • Do you have some technology?

  • Let's talk about it.

  • Do you have a smartphone?

  • Do you look at your smartphone every day, five times a day, 20 times a day, 200 times

  • a day?

  • Today, we're going to be talking about some important words to describe technology in

  • your life, but not only these items, we'll also be talking about some important phrases

  • and expressions or idioms that you can use to talk about your relationship to technology.

  • To help you with this, I have created a free PDF that you can download in the link below

  • this video.

  • This PDF includes all of the phrases, sample sentences and proverbs that we are talking

  • about today.

  • You can review it, download it, print it, study it, put it under your pillow to sleep

  • on.

  • I hope it will be a helpful tool to you.

  • All right, let's get started by talking about some common technology that you might have

  • in your life, in your house.

  • Maybe you're using it right now.

  • Let's start.

  • A computer.

  • I do a lot of work on the computer.

  • This is a desktop computer.

  • Actually, my husband, Dan, built this desktop computer and we have a screen to go with it.

  • Or maybe you have a laptop, a laptop.

  • We usually don't call this a notebook.

  • I think this can be a common mistake a lot of English learners make is they say, "I need

  • to get my notebook," or, "Let me write that on my notebook."

  • But really a notebook is with paper in English, this is a laptop, a laptop.

  • Sometimes I take my laptop to a coffee shop to do some work.

  • A tablet.

  • I don't have a tablet, but a lot of people like to play games on their tablet.

  • What about this?

  • This is a phone, a cell phone or a smartphone.

  • Sometimes the opposite of this, we call a dumb phone.

  • Do you remember those days?

  • Maybe you still have a dumb phone.

  • It's like a flip phone.

  • It can't access the internet.

  • All it can do is call and maybe send a text message.

  • But a smartphone can do almost everything.

  • So, you might say I rely on my smartphone a little too much sometimes.

  • A TV.

  • Sometimes we call this a smart TV.

  • I guess the other old TVs were dumb TVs, I don't know.

  • But we could say that I use a smart TV to stream TV shows and movies, this can be a

  • very useful feature for learning English.

  • You can stream some English movies or TV shows on a smart TV.

  • Do you have a smartwatch?

  • I don't, I have a dumb watch.

  • It just tells me the time.

  • But you might track your physical activity and other important notifications on your

  • smartwatch.

  • What about a game console?

  • Do you have a game console?

  • I don't, otherwise I would show you, but we might say that the teenager thinks he needs

  • the latest game console to play the latest video games.

  • So here we have a game console and video games.

  • All right, let's move on to our next category, which are some specific words dealing with

  • the phone.

  • If you want to talk about something that is always around us in English, it's important

  • to be able to describe your phone.

  • So, let's start.

  • If you are going into a meeting, it's important to turn off your phone.

  • So, we say to turn off or to turn on your phone, it makes the screen turn on and you

  • can start to get some sounds, which maybe is not good for a meeting or if you're watching

  • a movie, it's a good idea to turn off your phone during the movie, and then you can turn

  • it on later.

  • Let's talk about some of the different buttons.

  • To turn off or turn on your phone, you need to push the power button, the power button,

  • usually it's on the side.

  • The other buttons you might have are a volume button to make the volume higher or lower.

  • And your phone might have a charging port.

  • What do you put into the charging port?

  • This, you put your charger in the charging port, the charging port.

  • So, this is my charger and I put it in the charging port.

  • You might also have some other things here.

  • Like this is a headphone jack.

  • Let me show you how it works.

  • I have my headphones here.

  • Can you hear me?

  • I plug in my headphones to the headphone jack.

  • Some people call this an auxiliary cord or an auxiliary port, but I think most people

  • just say headphone jack, that's the hole and you put your headphones into the headphone

  • jack.

  • You could say I put it in or I plug it in.

  • I plug in my headphones and now the music is coming into my headphones.

  • It's a very useful feature so that you don't annoy other people with whatever you're listening

  • to.

  • It can be private.

  • You can plug in your headphones and listen to it privately.

  • If you don't have those fancy noise-canceling headphones, you might have just simple earbuds,

  • earbuds.

  • These earbuds have a wire, but nowadays a lot of people have wireless earbuds to listen

  • to music.

  • I think that's a lot more convenient.

  • You don't have to have a cord dangling around everywhere, but I just have the old-fashioned

  • ones with a cord.

  • These are ear buds for listening to music or whatever you'd like.

  • Some other features of my phone is that I have a screen protector on my phone.

  • Right now, it looks like there are some scratches on my phone, but actually it's the screen

  • protector.

  • The screen protector did its job, it protected my screen from getting a scratch.

  • Also, my phone case protects my phone, so we could call this just the case, my phone's

  • case, or we could say the case, the phone's case, this is for protecting my phone.

  • It's the case and the screen protector.

  • In my opinion, this is essential for every phone, because you are going to drop it, someone

  • else is going to drop it, something's going to happen.

  • And no one wants to pay a crazy amount to have their screen fixed.

  • Just get a screen protector, simple, easy way to protect your phone.

  • I guess this would be a good time if I was sponsored by a special screen protector company,

  • but I'm not.

  • I just think it's a good idea to get a screen protector.

  • All right, let's talk about some other features.

  • You might hear this sound.

  • What's that mean?

  • It means that you have a notification.

  • Personally, I hate notifications.

  • I have every single notification turned off on my phone.

  • Every sound turned off and I have to look at my phone to see if my family has messaged

  • me, that is the only notification that appears on my phone.

  • For every other, Facebook, social media notification, I have to go to the desktop computer because,

  • personally, I think that's one of the negatives, we'll talk about that in a minute, of social

  • media and of phones is that it's always disrupting our moment.

  • It's disrupting where we really are in life and making us go somewhere else in the phone.

  • So, for me, I like to turn off my notifications.

  • What about you?

  • Let me know in the comments.

  • All right, now let's go on and talk about some computer words.

  • These words also apply to a laptop, but we're going to be just looking at the computer here.

  • This is the screen, the screen.

  • Your laptop has a screen.

  • Your tablet also has a screen.

  • Hey, your phone has a screen too.

  • This is the screen.

  • And here I have the keyboard, the keyboard.

  • Because my husband Dan and I share an office, it's a little secret, we actually have two

  • keyboards, a little bit embarrassing to say, I guess, because I prefer one keyboard and

  • he prefers the other.

  • So, this is his keyboard.

  • When he's doing work on this computer, he uses this keyboard.

  • I think that the keys are too clunky and make too much noise.

  • So, I have a different keyboard that I like to use and I plug it in and use that one.

  • A little bit silly, but...

  • Oh, well, you got to make some concessions, right?

  • So, we have our screen, the keyboard, we have some speakers.

  • You can see the speakers here.

  • And in order to navigate around, you're going to need a mouse.

  • This is a mouse.

  • There are a couple of buttons on the mouse.

  • We call these the left click and the right click.

  • So, in the middle, you scroll.

  • So, you might see some directions when you're downloading a program, for example, it might

  • say, "Open the program and left click on start, or right click on start."

  • And that's what it's talking about.

  • Left click or right click.

  • So, if you know your left and your right, that would help.

  • But this is the mouse.

  • And we have a mouse pad, helpful for using the mouse.

  • If you are in the technological field, you might have a microphone, or this is an external

  • microphone.

  • You might just use the built-in microphone.

  • So, on your laptop, for example, there is a built in microphone.

  • You don't need to plug in a microphone for someone to hear you.

  • On your phone, there's a built-in microphone.

  • On your tablet, there's a built-in microphone.

  • On this desktop, there is not.

  • So, I need an external microphone and also for my job to make some beautiful sound recordings

  • for you.

  • But there is a built-in microphone or an external microphone.

  • All right, let's go on to some TV words.

  • Like we have a computer screen, a phone screen, we have the TV screen, a TV screen.

  • And to turn on the TV screen, you need a remote.

  • Now, some people in the US call this a clicker, I think this might be a Southern word, but

  • I say remote.

  • In my opinion, the majority of people say remote, go get the remote.

  • And this word comes from distance.

  • So, if you live in a remote area, it means that you live far away from everyone else,

  • far away from a big city, you're in a remote area.

  • And when you use a remote, you are far away from the TV.

  • So, not too long ago, maybe some of you remember, this was before I was born, but you needed

  • to walk up to the TV and click the power button to turn it on.

  • You couldn't just sit on the couch and use the remote.

  • But now with the remote, you don't even have to leave your couch, how convenient.

  • When you turn on your TV, you can either watch certain apps like Netflix or Hulu, or if you

  • pay for a TV service, you might have channels.

  • So, channel one, channel two, channel three, channel four.

  • There's certain numbers that are associated with different channels.

  • This is also sometimes called stations, but usually it's called a channel.

  • On channel four, there's the news, channel four news is a pretty common thing in the

  • US and we call that the channel.

  • Sometimes you can access a channel without paying for a service, like a monthly TV service,

  • but most channels you have to pay for in a package.

  • In my opinion, this is becoming less common, because of services like Netflix and Hulu.

  • A lot of people are stopping paying for a monthly TV service and instead they're paying

  • monthly for Netflix or Hulu, because they have a smart TV.

  • So, I'm curious in your country, do people pay for a TV service to have access to 1,000

  • channels or do they just pay for Netflix and Hulu and these types of subscriptions that

  • can be shown on their smart TV?

  • I'm curious what it's like in your part of the world.

  • All right.

  • Let's go to some common idioms that are great for talking about our positive and negative

  • relationship with technology.

  • Tech-savvy, I'm going to be giving you a sample sentence, and I want you to kind of guess

  • based on the context what you think it means.

  • Take a look at the sentence, sometimes I think that my seven-year-old niece is more tech-savvy

  • than me.

  • This means she is very knowledgeable about technology.

  • Are you tech-savvy?

  • You might say, "I am not tech savvy, but somehow I figured out how to download some programs

  • onto my phone, it was amazing."

  • Or, "My seven-year-old niece is quite tech-savvy, and she helped me to get a new phone and figure

  • out how to get it working."

  • To be tech-savvy.

  • Notice that this word has two Vs.

  • This is very unusual in English, but it is essential for spelling this word correctly,

  • savvy.

  • Screen time, screen time.

  • I'm trying to limit my screen time and spend more time in nature and with my family.

  • Screen time, this means time that you spend looking at a screen.

  • It might be a computer, a phone, a TV, anything that is a screen, screen time.

  • So, often parents will use this expression and say, "My children are allowed to have

  • one hour of screen time per day."

  • Or, "We really need to limit screen time."

  • Or, "During the pandemic, we just threw out all screen time rules and they were allowed

  • to watch more TV than normal, because it was a tough time."

  • So, this screen time word can be used to talk about the limits or the amount of time that

  • you spend looking at a screen.

  • If you work on the computer for your job, and then you come home and also look at a

  • screen, you probably have a lot of screen time in your life.

  • I recommend downloading some apps that can tell you, they track how much time you spend

  • on certain apps on your phone.

  • And it can give you a report at the end of the week, you spent 10 hours on social media,

  • and then you go, "Oh my goodness.

  • I didn't realize it."

  • It's a good way to kind of put it into perspective how much screen time you have.

  • Maybe it's necessary, maybe it's not, maybe you're wondering, "I have no time for English.

  • What am I going to do?"

  • Maybe you can track your screen time for the week and see if you can find any extra time

  • when you look at that report.

  • All right, let's go to the next phrase, to be addicted, or you can't live without your

  • smartphone maybe.

  • You