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Describe an app (application) you use on your mobile phone

Part 2

This episode's vocabulary


  • Social media (uncountable or plural noun)  websites and computer programs that allow people to communicate and share information on the internet using a computer or mobile phone.
  • Feed (noun) - a web page, screen, etc. that updates (= changes) often to show the latest information.
  • To scroll (verb) - to move text or other information on a computer screen in order to see a different part of it.
  • To follow (verb) - if you follow a particular person on a social media website (= a website where people can publish their thoughts, photographs, information about themselves etc.), you choose to see everything that person posts (= publishes) on the website.
  • Hook up something (phrasal verb) - to connect something, usually to a system or to a piece of equipment.
  • Profile (noun) - information about a person's life, work, interests, etc. on a social networking website.
  • To post (verb) - to publish something such as a message or picture on a website or using social media.
  • Content (noun) - information, images, video, etc. that are included as part of something such as a website.
  • Up to date (adj.) - modern, recent, or containing the latest information.

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Questions and Answers


M: Rory, are you all ready to give it to us?

R: Yep.

M: Bring it on.

R: Well, I'm forever on Instagram. So I suppose I'll speak about that. That's a popular phone app for social media site based around a feed of images that you can scroll through once you follow enough people who post various photographs or videos, other sorts of, well, visual media for lack of a better term. The following is just an action that hooks up your profile and feed into someone else's. So you can see when they share or post content, and it's constantly updated. So you never really get bored provided your following a sizable enough number of people. Which I do, I think it's about 250, or something like that. Aside from that, there are also functions to post stories, which last for around 15 seconds. I should say, story sounds like it's text-based, but actually, they can be pictures or short clips that you just take with your phone camera, and then you upload them. You can add text and various other effects like connected to augmented reality, that makes them a bit more interesting. Recently, they also added something called Reels, though I'm not actually sure what the point of those is, to be honest with you. I think they're just slightly longer versions of stories and videos that are just on a constant feed so that you can scroll through those as well. And of course, you can message other people privately, and comment on their content, and like it. Just the same as you would anywhere else. I don't think there's an option to dislike it. Although people sometimes post comments saying use this comment as a dislike button. And people do that. In terms of advantages, I find it's good for advertising and for finding out what other people are up to. And that's quite crucial, because I'm very interested in content for the podcast and following people in my field and being kept up to date about what's going on. So if I didn't have this, I feel like I would be less informed than I should be. And that would definitely not be a good thing.

M: What about your friends? Do they use this app?

R: Oh, I think just about all of them do but to varying degrees.

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Discussion


M: Yay. So Rory is an Instagram person now? Rory, how long have you had Instagram?

R: Oh, a year and a half, I think.

M: Hmm. Because dear listener about two years ago Rory had no idea what Facebook was, what Instagram was all about. And then boo-boom, he downloaded everything and he just became all over the social media. Is this the story?

R: That's close enough to what the story actually is. I still hate social media. But there I am using it.

M: Yeah, good for you. And good for us because we can annoy Rory on social media with some capybaras pictures, the pictures of capybara. Capybara is our favorite animal. So, you talked about Instagram? What else can our listener talk about? Facebook?

R: Any application they have any kind of familiarity with. So because I use Instagram all the time, I know what all the features are. Maybe you could talk about Facebook in this way. Or younger people can talk about Tik-Tok. I can't really think of any other social media sites. Oh, VK in Russia.

M: Yeah, you can talk about Google podcasts or I don't know, some mailing services. I have zoom awesome. An app where you buy all the food. Could you now, dear listener, choose an app that you know quite well, you know the features of this app. We call them features. WhatsApp, for example. So choose one app, which is easier for you to describe. If you're not sure how to describe it, choose another one. So, Rory, you started this talk with I'm forever on Instagram.

R: That's just another way of saying like, I'm always on Instagram.

M: Hmm. Can you say like, I'm a big fan of Instagram, or I'm addicted to Instagram.

R: Yes, you could say that.

M: And then you say it's a popular phone app. Right? No need to say application. You can just say app. Over social media. And then you go and say what Instagram is, you tell the examiner oh, by the way, maybe you don't know what Instagram is, I'm gonna tell you. It's based around a feed of images.

R: Yeah, although the words based around is, well, quite useful for anything like it's just saying like the main point of this is.

M: Yeah, the main point of this app, if you are choosing to talk about an app, which is local to your country, and, well, not as famous as Instagram, you might want to get in some more detail as to tell the examiner, what's it all about? And then you go like, scroll through, you scroll through the feed. Yeah, so we do the scrolling, scroll up and down. Originally, Instagram was supposed to be just for photos, and you just take pictures of food and cute kittens and just post it. And that's it. Right?

R: Yeah, I think that's about it. It's just like cute pictures of things, isn't it? That's all I ever see. And people being wrong on the internet.

M: Yeah, writing all sorts of comments here. And then you said that it hooks up your profile, and feed to other people.

R: Yeah. So hookup can mean different things, but in this case, it just means to make the connection between two things.

M: So it's connected to your profile, or the photographs are connected to your profile. They hook up your profile, and feed to other people, you share and post content, then you can talk about functions, functions, or features. The main features of an app, useful functions, convenient functions. So we post videos, we post stories, reels, short clips.

R: Yeah, I think you can post just about anything on these things. So posting is a good verb to have or post.

M: Yeah, write a post, post. Yeah, again, here, the language will depends on the app that you're going to choose. But I think Instagram is a good option here. Because, well, everybody knows the app. And it's quite easy to describe it, right? Advantages, how to start talking about the advantages you can say in terms of advantages. So in terms of, right? In terms of its features, so in terms of how I use it, in terms of advantages or benefits. So and then you say it's good for advertising, it's good for sharing, finding out what other people are up to. That's a nice one. What other people are up to.

R: Yeah. So what people are doing.

M: Yeah, so you just go to our Instagram and check out what we are doing. Or you go to Rory's private Instagram, to check out what he's up to. You post quite often, right?

R: Not really. It seems like I post regularly, but all I've done is connect my Instagram to another site that posts things for me. I'm the laziest person in the world when it comes to social media.

M: So you don't record stories, and just post stories.

R: Yeah, I think I only really do that when I'm out with my friends. And it's like posting in jokes to the close friends group. Otherwise, it's just advertising.

M: Yeah, you have some nice stories about dogs and going out.

R: Advertising.

M: And advertising. Rory is advertising himself. Yeah. And then you go, I'm very interested in content for and then content for cute kittens, podcasts. I follow people in my field, in my field of work or studies. I follow different people, I share my posts, or I'm a blogger. If you are a blogger. I enjoy writing posts. So I do it regularly. Even if you're not a blogger, you can say you're a blogger. And then you say like to be up to date with what's going on.

R: Yeah, just to, well, know what's happening.

M: What adjectives can we use about any app? Something like positive?

R: It's sophisticated. It's useful. It's well connected. It runs smoothly. That's an adverb, but same idea.

M: Yeah. Yeah. Like helpful, useful, user-friendly. Like easy to use. It gets updated on a regular basis. Yeah.

R: Yeah. So things to note, even if you don't want to use some of the examples that we use to structure your answer, you could start off with, well, I'm forever on because it's something that you use commonly, and then it's a, and then explain what it is. And then aside from that, so you go on about features, and then you want to talk about more features. So aside from that, and then we have in terms of advantages to round off because we're getting close to the end. And then to explain why it's important, I said, it's quite crucial because so crucial being the word that we replace. Well, important with, to paraphrase.

M: Yeah. To avoid repetition. Yeah, crucial, essential.

R: But that's enough crucial vocabulary from us. Join us for part three, where we'll talk about what are we going to talk about?

M: Mobile phones in general. Thank you for listening! We'll see you in the next episodes.

R: Bye!

M: Bye. Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye!

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