Is listening to books effective?

Audiobooks can help improve your comprehension and vocabulary. Hearing new words — independent of or in combination with reading them — can significantly help with comprehension and vocabulary, especially for kids and second-language learners.

Is listening to books as good for you as reading?

We use the mental mechanism that evolved to understand oral language to support the comprehension of written language. Indeed, research shows that adults get nearly identical scores on a reading test if they listen to the passages instead of reading them.

Is reading faster than listening?

Humans have a higher reading speed than listening speed. On average, the listening speed of humans is about 150 words per minute (wpm). The fastest we can listen and comprehend is about 300 wpm. However, we usually read at about 200 to 400 wpm.

How much do we retain from listening?

Our own testing shows—and it has been substantiated by reports of research at Florida State University and Michigan State University1—that two months after listening to a talk, the average listener will remember only about 25% of what was said.

Is listening to an audiobook really reading?

So according to the simple model, listening to an audio book is exactly like reading print, except that the latter requires decoding and the former doesn’t.


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