Part-2 禁用手机 No Phone


IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card with Model Answer.

Describe a time you were not allowed to use your mobile phone.


You should say:

  • When and where it was
  • Why you were not allowed use your phone
  • What you wanted to use your phone for

And explain how you felt about not being able to use your phone.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

你有2分钟时间回答PART 2,在回答之前,你有1分钟的准备时间,准备时你可以写笔记。

Model Answer 1:

One such situation I can remember was when I went to visit my grandmother in the hospital recently. I haven’t been inside a hospital in many years and so I was quite surprised to see warning notices stating that the use of mobile phones (cell phones) was not permitted in certain areas of the hospital.

Anyway, I guess if you think about it there must be a good reason why they are not allowed. I suppose maybe some of the medical equipment might be affected by the signal or something like that so they don’t want to take any chances.

The airlines don’t allow you to use your phone onboard a plane when it’s taking off or landing, so not being able to use a phone in a hospital if it’s close to electronic monitoring or other medical equipment makes sense I suppose.

It’s possibly to do with the radio waves and the fact that they might interfere with other signals in the area, although strangely enough they have wireless networks within the hospital so I’m not really sure if there is a real danger of signal interference or not.

Most hospitals prohibit the use of phones, so there must be some grounds for it – but nobody seems to actually know what the real potential problem is. I guess the big difference is that the wireless systems within the hospital are under strict control and use limited signal frequencies, and if there is any interference then the hospital tech staff can simply turn it off or isolate it.

But with numerous mobile phones being used at the same time within the same area, each one slightly different and the variety of signals used, it makes it more difficult to control and almost impossible to turn off or isolate them all if there is a problem with signals interfering with medical equipment, so they play it safe and just prohibit using them.

Luckily, it wasn’t a problem or inconvenient because I didn’t really need to use it, I was there to see how my grandmother was recovering; using my phone wasn’t a priority.

Model Answer 2:

The last time that I was not allowed to use my mobile phone was last year, when I was preparing for my final examination at my place.

During that period, my mother realized that I relied excessively on mobile phone and could not focus on my study very well. So she asked me to shut it down every time I doing exercise until I finish my examination. I was not so pleased to follow such thing, coz like I said before, I was dependent on my mobile phone very much. For example, I liked to post something interesting or maybe something that really made me sad on the social media platform, so that I could share my feelings and experience with other people.

However, without my phone, I could not do so to release my pressure or get connected with my friends. At so beginning, I felt uncomfortable and sometimes annoyed with turning off my cell phone for early few days. Even, I felt lonely and isolated when I stayed at the room with my own. But after a while, I gradually got used to this. What surprised me a lot was that, I found I had much time to be absorbed in my work. Now, I still keep the habit, to turn off my mobile phone at the time I need to deal with my work.


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