Describe something you own that you want to replace
You should say:
- What it is
- Where it is
- How you got it
- And explain why you want to replace it
By nature, I a frugal lifestyle and try to avoid being too extravagant in I everything I don’t base much of an interest in equipping myself with loads of hi-tech gizmos or brand clothes like my friends. But oil the top of my head, if I were to give you an account of something I’d wish to replace, it should be my current smartphone, which is a Sony Xperia Z3.
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I got the phone when my friend accompanied me to a phone store, as he‘s quite knowledgeable about technical issued related to phones, I entirely entrusted the task of buying It to him. He did carefully cheek for touch screen errors, water-resistant feature and other compatibility Issues and finally advised me to buy It. I saw eye to eye with him right off the bat.
The phone has been with me for over 3 years. I can’t say it’s in mint condition but at least It’s functioning properly and doesn’t let me down much. However, just a couple of days ago some symptoms started to crop up. I can’t watch Youtube videos because it only plays sound, not images, and the same problem with the video playback is seen in Facebook videos. Oddly, when I rebooted the device, everything went back to normal, making me both enraged and relieved at the same time. I have been searching for solutions on the Internet but things appear to be in vain for me, as even a factory reset failed.
I joked to my friend the other day that I would replace my current phone with an Iphone 11, but waiting Apple to release that version means I would have already ken back in prehistoric era as today no one can live without a smartphone. I’m collecting some of my friends’ advice before arriving at decision later. But if in the meantime, the video playback matter is solved, then if no longer see the need.
IELTS SPEAKING PART 3
Do you prefer fixing things or replacing things?
As I’m quite up to cars with work, I find it more time-saving and convenient to lave stuff replaced brand-new. Although I’m willing to spend a bit more money, for repairmen or mechanics to mend the equipment if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, if all the efforts of repair don’t pay oft it would be a better choice to buy a new one. I think an item in mint condition is less likely to have troublesome errors than an item that has been fixed. At the end of the day, if financial condition permits! buying new things is always better than getting old and broken things repaired.
Which do you think are better, old things or new things?
If I have to take a pick, I would go for antique objects. Originally, I have a taste for collecting old stuff as I’m really eager to learn about the history behind each object. Furthermore, as they’re also of great monetary value so it’s worth investing in rather than new ones. If I remember rightly, I sold my stamp collection for over $200 to a cousin of mine.
As well as family photographs, what are some other things that people keep in their family for a long time?
There are quite a number of objects that family often likes to keep it until they die apart from their photo albums. The first object I can think of is the degrees or certificates they won from some competitions. This is because they can take pride in those achievements when they show to their kids in the future. The second thing is the clothes. Some still keep some outfits they used to wear when they were a kid, such a memento can remind them of their happy childhood they had. After all, anything that carries a message is likely to be preserved for a long time.
What are the benefits = what is the value/what is the importance of keeping some old things in the family?
There’re two benefits which I have mentioned earlier. The first one is that sometime in the future, the antique object can appreciate in value and brings a great fortune o the owner. A clock bought today can cost an arm and a leg a century later. Another benefit is the sentimental value it carries. A piano kept for some 30 years can remind the player wonderful times when he plays it when he gets older. After all, monetary and emotional values ire the two main beauties of keeping something for a long time.
Do you think it’s good to recall the past?
Yes, I certainly think so; it is always a thrilling experience when looking back at what we did. It would be nice to look back on the past such as how we looked like when they were small or the moment when we stood on the podium and received the university degree. Also, Recalling the bygone days is also a way to acknowledge our shortcomings and work on it to improve our characters.