Learning English with Current Events

If you don’t have the time or money for an intensive English program to improve your language skills, or if you do and you want a way to supplement your classes, reading the news can be a great help.

Now you might be thinking that the news would be a lot easier to read in your native language, and you’re probably right; however, if you want to keep up-to-date on what’s happening around the world AND improve your English, it’s really not that difficult to read a few articles in English. You can use deductive reasoning to figure out some vocabulary you may not know. 

If you read the news often and are familiar with the general idea of the stories, you’ll know the tone, feelings and emotions associated with the current stories.  Even if there are new articles about something you haven’t been reading about, you’ll still be able to deduce what new vocabulary means.  For example, if you’re reading an inspirational story about the miners in Chile who lived underground for a month and endured, you’ll know that a lot of the words in the story will be positive, strong and have a general uplifting tone.  If you’re reading about a natural disaster that killed hundreds of people, it will be pretty clear that most of the words will show some sort of sadness, helplessness and uneasiness.

So don’t be scared about reading the news in English if it’s not your native language.  While the authors of news stories are not writing with non-native speakers in mind, they tend to use basic vocabulary and you’ll be able to easily figure out what they are trying to say.  In fact, the news is probably the easiest sort of publication you can read to practice your English!

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