Smart Speakers

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 9, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

Smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo are becoming more common in people’s homes. The ability to use the TV, turn on tights, and turn the volume up and down with only our voice is a technology that more and more people want.

As with a lot of new technology there comes a point where it is either proven to be a trend that comes and goes or something increases in popularity and keeps on growing and evolving as customer demand remains or increases.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • voice recognition (noun)
  • device (noun)
  • link (verb)

Conversation Questions

  • Will smart speakers soon be commonplace in homes?
  • How can smart speakers help you?
  • What are the negatives of having them?
  • Why are they becoming so popular?
  • Will they continue to be popular in 10 years?
  • What would you like them to be able to do in the future?
  • Are they good for children?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.