Describe a useful website you have used, IELTS Cue Card


Part 1

What is your full name, please?
Where are you living at the moment?
Is it an apartment or a house?
What do you like about living there?
Do you plan to continue living in this apartment, or move somewhere else?
Do you often travel by bus?
Which do you use more frequently, the underground or buses?
What would motivate you to use buses more in the future?
What could the government do to improve the bus service?

Part 2

Describe a useful website you have used, and liked.

You should say:
  • which website it was
  • how you learned about it
  • why you used it
and say if you have recommended this site to any friends, and why.


Okay, so there are many useful websites, like Amazon, YouTube, and many others, but the one I use the most is Wikipedia, it’s the biggest wikis, but I think that wikis are the most useful sites. I first started using them when I was student because they're a great resource for gathering general background information for research.

A Wiki is a concept that is used in the Internet to refer to web pages in which the content can be edited by multiple users through any browser. So, these pages are developed through the collaboration of Internet users, who can add, modify or delete information.
The term wiki comes from the Hawaiian wiki wiki, which means "fast,". The notion was popularized with the rise of Wikipedia, a free and open encyclopedia that has become one of the most visited sites on the Web.

The wiki format is very useful for spreading knowledge and teamwork. It is common for wikis to include a history of changes: this way it is possible to return to an earlier state (in case the modifications are not correct) and corroborate who made each change in the information.

One of the great advantages of a wiki is the facility to create pages in an instant, without having to worry about the design and other issues related to the aesthetics and organization of the information. Many wikis automatically create hyperlinks and pages when the user types a word or phrase in a certain way (in capital letters and without space, between two brackets, etc.).

There are other advantages of wikis, too. They’re very useful since they give users the possibility to create and optimize pages in an instant, giving them much flexibility and freedom. Thanks to this, they have become a very popular format, which benefits from the infinite contributions of the community.

Normally, the content of wikis is current, although this depends on several factors, such as the popularity of the subject matter. Also, it’s very easy to review the work before publication, and in a student setting, wikis encourage students by combining learning with the use of technology, and motivate them to work in groups.

A wiki is a simple platform to use, but with sufficient strength to redefine the way in which knowledge is studied and shared, depending on the project, they are economical to create and maintain, and offer the ability to write each article in different languages.

Once published, users around the world can easily access the version of their interest, since each can display the links to the rest.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages of wikis. For example, given that it is a service available free of charge and free for any user, giving them the possibility to create and modify information to their liking, the veracity of the articles is affected. Nevertheless, in spite of the constant acts of vandalism to sites like Wikipedia, there are diverse techniques of control, tasks in which also the community can be involved.

Many times, the content infringes the rights of another author (for example, citing textual statements without permission, multiple authorship leads to differences in literary style, text focus (which may be related to cultural issues), and the quality of writing: it is common to find articles that consist of well-written paragraphs combined with authentic spelling and grammatical nightmares.

But, overall, I believe wikis are the most useful websites, well, type of website available for people to use, and I've often recommended topic-specific wikis to my friends and shared various wiki pages on social media.

Part 3

In your opinion, what are some of the effects the Internet has on children?
Is this a good thing?
Do you think the Internet has replaced traditional TV for entertainment?
How important is the Internet in education?
Do you think that traditional teaching methods will one day be replaced by online learning?


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