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  • Hi, I'm Laurie.

  • Welcome to Oxford Online English.

  • In this lesson, you can learn how to talk about smartphones in English.

  • You'll see the process of buying a new smartphone.

  • You'll also learn how to describe the features of a smartphone.

  • Say what's most important to you and ask questions about what smartphones can do before we start.

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  • But now let's see some useful language for buying a new smartphone.

  • Hello, can I help you with anything?

  • Hi.

  • Yes, I'm looking for a new phone.

  • I have some ideas but maybe you can make some recommendations.

  • Of course.

  • What are you looking for in your new phone?

  • Well, for me, the number one priority is good battery life.

  • I travel a lot for work and I need a phone which can last at least a full day without problems.

  • I see.

  • Is anything else important?

  • I take a lot of pictures.

  • So I want something with a decent camera.

  • It doesn't have to be amazing.

  • But I'd like a phone which can take good quality pictures.

  • It would be a bonus if it could take photos in low lights because a lot of phone cameras don't do well in darker conditions.

  • I found that's true.

  • But camera technology is getting better all the time.

  • Even midrange, modern phones can take excellent photos in a wide range of conditions.

  • If I may ask, what's your budget?

  • I guess I'll aim for something in the midrange.

  • I don't need something top of the lines.

  • So maybe around 2 €300.

  • That's fine.

  • I have a few ideas for you.

  • Follow me please.

  • If you were shopping for a new phone, what would you look for?

  • What's your top priority?

  • Do you always buy the same brand or do you look for something different like good battery life or the lowest possible price?

  • The number one is good.

  • Of course, you can use this phrase with different features as in the number one priority is a good front camera for selfies.

  • You could say the same thing in different ways like this.

  • The most important thing for me is good battery life.

  • You also heard I take a lot of pictures so I want something with a decent camera, decent means quite good.

  • If something is decent, it's above average but not the best.

  • If you say this you mean that you don't need the best, most expensive camera there is but you want something that's good enough.

  • If something is less important, you can use the phrase, it would be a bonus.

  • If in the dialogue you heard it would be a bonus.

  • If it could take good photos in low light, a bonus is something which is nice to have but not absolutely necessary.

  • So you might say it'd be a bonus if it had a brighter screen finally to set your budget, you could say something like this.

  • I'm aiming for something in the midrange.

  • I want to spend as little as possible.

  • I'd like something cheap.

  • But without compromising what I need, if you put these phrases together, you should be able to say 2 to 3 sentences about what you need in a smartphone, what you'd like to have and how much you'd be willing to spend.

  • For example, the most important thing for me is that it's fast and has good performance.

  • It would be a bonus if it had over 100 gigabytes of storage.

  • I'm aiming for the upper midrange.

  • So I'd like to spend maybe 4, 500 maximum.

  • Could you make an answer like this?

  • Pause the video and make an answer if you need, you can review this section to get the language you need, say your answer out loud.

  • Ready.

  • Let's take a look at our next section.

  • I think this would be a good choice.

  • Based on what you told me, it has 48 megapixel dual camera and great camera software, which makes it easy to take good pictures in low light conditions.

  • Like you said, the battery should last 2 to 3 days with normal usage.

  • And currently it's discounted to €250.

  • That sounds good.

  • How do you mean ra M or internal storage storage?

  • I guess, you know, for music photos and so on.

  • It has 64 gigabytes of internal storage and you can also add a micro SD card if you need more.

  • Oh, yeah, one more thing.

  • Does it have a headphone jack?

  • I listen to music on my headphones and I saw a lot of new phones don't have the new connector for wired headphones.

  • Yes, it has a 3.5 millimeter jack for headphones or an aux cable or whatever.

  • Last thing I should have mentioned this earlier.

  • Can it take two SIM cards?

  • Yes, it's dual sim.

  • Although the second SIM card goes in the microsd slot, so you have to choose between two SIM cards or extra storage.

  • You can't have them both.

  • That's a little annoying.

  • Yes, I have one idea.

  • Let me show you in the dialogue.

  • I ask three questions about the phone's features.

  • Can you remember what you heard?

  • You heard?

  • How much storage does it have?

  • Does it have headphone jack?

  • Can it take two SIM cards?

  • Think about these basic question forms.

  • Can you think of three more questions you could ask about a smartphone using these question forms, pause the video and think about your answers.

  • If you want extra practice, write them down.

  • Of course, there are many possibilities.

  • Here are three suggestions.

  • How much ra M does it have?

  • Does it have a fingerprint scanner?

  • Can it last all day on a single charge?

  • What about you?

  • Were your questions similar or did you get something completely different?

  • There are many other questions you could ask.

  • But next, let's see how to describe other features of a smartphone in more detail.

  • So this one is a little more expensive, but I think you do get a lot more for your money.

  • It has dual SIM capability 128 gigs of storage, which can be expanded with a memory card if you need and a much better screen.

  • The screen is very high res so everything looks sharp and it also has extremely accurate colors which might be of interest if you're into photography accuracy.

  • Just that the colors you see on the screen are exactly how they look in real life.

  • Some screens, especially on cheaper phones don't have accurate color reproduction.

  • So everything looks too blue or too orange or whatever.

  • I don't think that's so important.

  • It also has an eight core CPU and eight gigabytes of ra M.

  • So everything runs fast and you can multitask have several apps open at once on the back.

  • It's the fingerprint scanner.

  • This phone also has face recognition so you can unlock it just by looking into the camera.

  • And how much is it?

  • It's €750 but I could take €50 off the price.

  • So 700 that's too much.

  • I think I'll take the first phone you showed me.

  • Of course, here are some things you heard in the dialogue.

  • Could you explain what they mean in English?

  • It has dual sim capability.

  • The screen is very high res it has an eight core CPU.

  • So you can multitask.

  • Imagine you're an English teacher and you want to explain these words to someone who doesn't know them.

  • How would you do it?

  • Dual sim means that the phone can use two SIM cards at the same time.

  • So you can have two phone numbers on one device.

  • High res is short for high resolution.

  • This means that the screen has more pixels.

  • So text and images will look clearer.

  • An eight core CPU is a processor which can run many different calculations at the same time.

  • So you can multitask, you can have several apps open and you can use your phone to do several things at once without it slowing down.

  • Do you remember any other smartphone features which were mentioned in the dialogue?

  • You heard the screen has extremely accurate colors.

  • It also has face recognition, it has eight gigabytes of ra M.

  • What about your phone at this point in the lesson.

  • You should have enough language to describe the features of your phone in detail.

  • Your job is to make a longer answer, talking about your phone.

  • Remember that you can review earlier sections if you need to aim to make at least five sentences, pause the video and do it now.

  • Ok.

  • How was that?

  • Could you make a clear fluent answer?

  • Let's look at one more point.

  • So will you be needing any accessories?

  • Well, for sure, you should get a screen protector.

  • It will stop the glass from getting scratched or damaged.

  • How much is it?

  • €10 and we can put it on for you right now.

  • You can, but it's fiddly.

  • Ok.

  • I'll take one of those.

  • Is it worth getting a cage to protect it?

  • Perhaps.

  • Although phones are a lot tougher than they used to be.

  • Of course, I don't recommend it, but you can drop it and it'll be fine nine times out of 10.

  • I think I'll take a case too.

  • I broke my last phone by dropping it and I'll be so angry if it happened again.

  • Sure.

  • Take a look over here.

  • Any of these cases will fit and they'll keep your phone safe.

  • This one's nice.

  • It's 15.

  • That's right.

  • Also, one more thing, if you're worried about breaking your phone, you could buy an extended warranty.

  • It covers you for three years and it includes insurance against accidental damage.

  • So if you drop your phone or it falls in water or anything like that.

  • You can bring it back and we will repair it at no extra cost.

  • How much is it?

  • It costs €65.

  • No, thanks.