IELTS Speaking Part 3 | How popular are electronic books in your country?

Suggested Answer:

I think1 they’ve become pretty popular over the past decade but not as popular as many people predicted. Ebook sales are still lower than sales of print books, mainly because many Brits2 are old fashioned and like the feel of a book in their hands. Audio books3 have also made a big dent into4 the popularity of ebooks and will continue to do so as visual attention spans keep decreasing.


1I think is a common way to start opinions in spoken English. It shows uncertainty in what you are about to say, so don’t use it for facts of which you are 100% certain. Grammatically, it is an easy phrase to use: simply add a full sentence after I think.

I think studying is boring.
I think Beijing is too polluted.
I think Instagram is more fun than Facebook.

This is a very useful tool to have for IELTS Speaking. You can obviously change the subject, which is especially useful in Part 3.

She thinks it’s too hot.
People think my neighbourhood is lively.
Many Belgians think their beer is the best in the world.

2 – A common error made by students is personalising Part 3 answers. The examiner specifically asked about electronic books in your country, so if you just talk about how you don’t own an ebook, you are not answering the question. YOU MUST KEEP THE ANSWER GENERAL.

Students are frequently asked about the opinions of people from their country, and as a result, I always advise them to learn a few different nouns to use. For example, a student from Seoul could use:

South Koreans
People from Korea
Korean people

3 – To score well in the vocabulary section, you want to use a variety of topic-specific language. The examiner asked me about electronic books, so I have discussed:

ebooks (paraphrase for electronic books)
printed books
audio books

I also used visual attention span which is highly relevant to this subject. Further words and phrases you could use to impress the examiner on this subject include:

ebook readers*
e-book device*
paperback books
hardback books

*These three mean the same thing.

4 To make a dent into something is a native-level collocation that has a couple of meanings. In this instance, it means to noticeably reduce something of which there is a lot. For example:

I made a dent into my unread emails.
That holiday made a dent into my bank account.
Brexit has made a big dent into the British economy.

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