Topic: Smart Phones

Listen and Practice: Having a cellphone or smartphone is part of our everyday lives, whether it is an iPhone or other. Listen to this topic.

The man ________________ an extra phone to take pictures.

The man says, "Also, I can take and send pictures with my cellphone, so I really don’t need an extra camera."

Having a smartphone can be useful if you _________.

The man says, "A cellphone also comes in handy in case of an emergency and you need to call for help, for example, if your car breaks down, and you need assistance."

Actual Transcription:

More and more people these days have cellphones as a means of communicating with family and friends. It just helps you stay in touch, so if I want to talk to a friend, I just call her up no matter where I am. Also, I can take and send pictures with my cellphone, so I really don’t need an extra camera. Of course, if my friend doesn’t have her cellphone turned on, then I can just leave a message and ask her to call me back. A cellphone also comes in handy in case of an emergency and you need to call for help, for example, if your car breaks down, and you need assistance. To be honest, I don’t think I could live without my cellphone.

Reduced Speech:

More ən’ more people these days have cellphones as ə means əf communicating with family ən’ friends. It just helps  stay in touch, so if I want  talk  ə friend, I just call ‘ər up no matter where I am. Also, I kn take ən’ send pictures with my cellphone, so I really don‘t need ən extra camera. Of course, if my friend doesn‘t have ‘ər cellphone turned on, then I kn just leave ə message ən’ ask ‘ər  call me back. ə cellphone also comes in handy in case əf ən emergency ən’  need  call fər help, fər example, if your car breaks down, ən’  need assistance.  be honest, I don‘t think I could live without my cellphone.

Activities:

  1. Discussion: Talk əbout thə advantages ən’ disadvantages əf having ə cellphone. What social problems have appeared as ə rəsult əf cellphone use?
  2. The Internet: Go online ən’ find two cellphone companies that provide service in your area. How do they compare in terms əf price, length əf contract, ən’ other services?