IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Tools and Repairs – Band 9

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Talk about a tool you use to fix something broken.

What is this tool?
How do you use it?
What did you repair with it?
How does this tool and the item you fixed help you?

You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic.
You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say.

A really useful tool that I have to fix broken items around the home is a tube of UHU all-purpose super glue.  To be more specific, this is a small yellow tube of very strong adhesive, about 3 cm in length, containing about 3ml of glue. It has a long needle nose for precision application and a screw on cap to keep it from drying out. Super glue is used to stick broken pieces back together or potentially to build a bigger structure from smaller pieces when doing arts and crafts. I can buy UHU superglue from many different retailers, such as hardware stores, gas stations, stationery stores and supermarkets. I think it is readily available because it is so useful and people often require it to fix broken items. It usually sells for about a buck 50 a tube. The recommended way to use super glue is to wear gloves for protection, squeeze a small amount of transparent fluid or gel onto one side of the broken surface, it can be wood, glass, or even metal, and then, hold the two pieces firmly together for about 30 seconds until the glue sets. Of course avoid getting it on hands or in the eyes or mouth. Most recently, superglue came in really handy to fix my broken sunglasses. I had accidentally sat on my sunglasses while getting into my car and broke the frame. Fortunately, I was able to fix it quickly with superglue, and then I could use them to keep the sun and UV rays out of my eyes and I drove safely and in comfort.  Having this superglue saved me about 100 dollars, not having to replace my sunnys, and of course time as well, not having to go to the store. 

Follow-up questions to response???

Q1: Would you recommend this kind of superglue to use for friends?

Q2: What would you do if superglue were unavailable? What would you use?

Well, if the world ran out of superglue, I would use some other type of adhesive, perhaps some bubble gum to temporarily fix my sunglasses. 

Well in the unlikely event that superglue disappeared from the face of the planet, I would be left with no other option but to buy a new pair of sunglasses. 

Well, in fact this happened to me. I broke the bridge of my sunglasses a few years ago and I did not have superglue in my luggage but I did have a band aid, so I used that to fix them.  


A person who is solution oriented (finds solutions to problems) is often referred to as a “resourceful person”

Let’s talk about using tools.

How have tools improved in the past few decades? 

Well, over the last 20 or 30 years tools have really become much more advanced both in their precision and versatility. As I had said, with the development of powerful adhesives that have a pointed nose application for detailed work, people can now avoid using needle and thread or other tools thus saving blood, sweat and tears, and having a better result overall. 

I felt over the moon – this is waaaay overused in IELTS speaking and often sounds forced. 

Can you give examples?

People often say that it is important to use the right tool for the job, why is this good advice?

It is definitely wise to use the right equipment for any specific task as this will not only ensure a better end result but it will also minimize the chance of injury and damage. Although the band aid I used to fix my sunglasses worked temporarily, it did look horrible and my wife was slightly embarrassed, so it was not the best tool for that job. 

What types of digital tools are used in daily office or student life to help individuals? 

There are both hardware and software in the digital world which are often used in the workplace and schools to help employees and students complete their work efficiently. Ones that come to mind are computers, printers, calculators as well as applications like powerpoint for presentations, and Google for doing research. I certainly use these tools daily to study IELTS and do my work as a software developer. 

Give details and examples?

To be frugal – to behave in such a way as to save money.

Let’s talk about repairs.

Some people prefer to repair broken machinery on their own, others like to hire a professional. Why is this difference?

Certain people who are the do-it-yourself type prefer to fix broken gadgets by themselves in order to save money and to gain experience for the future. However, some people do prefer to go to the experts especially if money is not an issue and/or the object is difficult to repair by just watching some YouTube videos. For instance, this was the case when I needed to fix my laptop – it was simply unrealistic to do it myself. 

These days people often throw away objects that need repair and simply buy a replacement, is this good or bad practice? Can you elaborate?

The cost of repairs for cars and computers can be very expensive, why is this? How can such costly repairs be avoided?

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