What are the advantages and disadvantages of audio books?

Introduction

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Conversation Summary

Audiobooks have been around for quite a few years and have slowly increased in popularity. They are a great option for people who have impaired vision or in situations where reading a book is impossible.

Audiobooks are also popular with language learners as a way of practicing their listening skills which is often not as advanced as their reading skills.

Talking Points

  • Do you listen to audiobooks?
    • If yes, which ones?
    • If no, why not?
  • Do you think audiobooks are a good resource for language learners?
  • Do you prefer reading books or listening to audiobooks? Why?
  • Do you think audiobooks will increase in popularity in the future?
  • What situations would it be easier to listen to an audiobook instead of reading a book?
  • What situations would it be easier to read a book instead of listening to an audiobook?

Key Vocabulary

  • Audiobook noun
  • Listen verb
  • Read verb
  • Popular adjective
  • Popularity noun
  • E-reader noun
  • Difficulty noun
  • Advantage noun
  • Disadvantage noun

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