Monday, October 6, 2014

Tips for Learning English Through the News

Watch TV online and read a newspaper on your learning level.
If you know much English, you can ready to read the Wall Street Journal or watch videos from CBS News. If you are a beginner, no problem: you can see and read the news online on a level that works for you, may be more difficult stories go at your own pace.

The New York Times has a weekly column on its Learning Network only for American English language learners. The stories are written in a way that you can understand. After you read, you take the quiz on punctuation and word choice.
BBC offers a daily program words in the news for British English fans. Commentators (the people who read the news) list important words you read a story that contains these words. The words can be hard (difficult) if. Do not be surprised if you need to get the words in the quiz, the check came with the program.

Voice of America provides two levels of message for English learners on their website. You can listen to English podcasts or videos and read along with the text. The VOA Learning English channel contains subtitles (the words at the bottom of the screen) and the commentators speak slowly and clearly, about a third slower than normal load. This is from learners the opportunity to keep up. Plus, listening online means you can hit the pause button and read the subtitles at their own pace.

Read and Watch-quality news
Many really mediocre (not so good) content on the Web. Go for quality.

Addiction news sources, precise and clear writing. The sentences should be short and declarative, which means they should use a subject-verb-object pattern. The letter in the story should be as simple as the headline or title to read at the top. USA Today has a lot to offer language learners, because the writing style is very direct.

Try, news sites, where the staff comes to find out different cultures. The stories are more likely to give more than one point of view (perspective) on a problem. Current employees of the Guardian that definition. The Guardian Learning English section of the crisp, clean writing style also. Plus, with a click of a tab, you can switch to English vocabulary and messages on the Americans, British and Australians.

Some sites bring the best quality of news stories that the Internet has to offer. You are aggregate (combination) called pages, which means they put all the good videos in one place. Video News has a special advantage for English language learners, because you see, hear and read all at once, but you need to pull a good collection (group) of from videos.

A service that has a very immersive collection of English videos, FluentU is. FluentU get video of top news programs and features interactive captions you provide definitions that are easy to understand. Definitions are for example sentences that show you how the word is used. You can add these words to your personal vocabulary list. This means that your dictionary can grow with you as you learn.

See and read messages that you may
Politics is not your thing? Many other types of messages are out there.

Love soccer / football? You know, there are websites for that. If you are an experienced speaker, ESPN can be a great place for you. ESPN Football Club offers all football coverage you want, and stories about the game in almost every country in the world. You can see in the position some broadcast video, if your cable provider, you can grant access rights.

As a beginner, you want to find the right kind of sports site, the information in a way they can understand you, you give. Many sports commentators speak very quickly and seem to scream. Rather than seeing the commentator, as he or she speaks is, the game action on the screen and you have the commentator screaming (to speak very loud) playing in the background. Not to see in the situation, who speaks pretty hard to follow the story.

Select sources, break the information into smaller pieces. The Midfield Dynamo Football Site created all of its messages in Top 10 lists. The website is for picking up on British idioms and humor. Real Clear Sports pulls stories from sports sources on the Web and has a whole page dedicated only to lists. You can find out the top scorers and NCAA tournament the top stupidest games in sports history.

Sites designed for younger readers also good for English learners and still specific information that you find interesting. Sports Illustrated for Kids can early and advanced beginners in text and video forms give their sport. Pages are also available for travel enthusiasts in National Geographic Kids and science fans at Kids Discover available.

To provide how-to information in a detailed manner stories. Instructions are not exactly what the name suggests: tell you how something you want to learn. InStyle Magazine provides instructions on everything from choosing the best lipstick to be a good fit in petite (small) clothing. InStyle writing is clear and the words are that you probably know.

If you want to jog for Fitness, Runner's World gives you many how-to information and videos about everything ready from picking the right shoes to ever for a marathon. As with lists, such as stories, information put together in an organized manner. This structure helps you design, because the information comes in pieces that fit neatly together.

The search for messages in English on the subject that you are interested in keeping you motivated to learn. Plus, it's just interesting.

Read the message loud with a pen in hand.
Instead of just reading words to a story in mind, the words read aloud. Storytelling helps you slow down and sort out the words' meanings., If you do not know a word, highlight it or write it down and come back for a definition if the meaning is not clear, later to be in the paragraph. Reading news is a great way to learn English, because the articles are usually short and the vocabulary tends to remain the same for each topic.

Suppose you read the Time for Kids article "An Amazon Adventure" about the movie Rio 2 As you read, you're going to find foreign idioms. Immediately, the writer something as relates "Flick." You have your pen ready to write the word. Rather than pull a dictionary to read. It is probably clear that 'beat' has become another word for film. If the meaning does not become clear, you do not have to hunt later after the word. You have your list ready.

If you do not know a word in an online video, hit the pause button and write the word from. Come back to it later and find the definition.

With subtitles for the videos can do to learn the difference in English. Play on the video with the sound and listen carefully to the debate. Rewind and play the same section again, but this time with the sound off. Read the subtitles (these words at the bottom of the screen) loud. You have selected content and topics that interest you already have in your learning level. Read the text with the video will help you English vocabulary to build on the things that interest you, and give you more confidence in your pronunciation. As already mentioned, you can here useful FluentU and its interactive English subtitles. FluentU also has a video-based quizzes that you check to you.

Pretending to be your favorite sports reporter and TV host is a lot of fun. Finally, to learn fun English. Use the messages in a way that works for you.

Arguing in English

When was the last time you had an argument? What was it about? What do you generally argue about at home? What about at work? What are your top tips for arguing? What do you like or dislike about arguing?
Complaining about something
- You never tidy up.
- You said that you’d do it.
- You told them that you’d help.
- You promised that you’d clean the living room.
- You’re always leaving your clothes lying around.

Reacting to a complaint
- What are you talking about?
- You’re joking!
- Don’t make me laugh!
- Are you serious?
- Excuse me?
- I beg your pardon?
- You would say that, wouldn’t you?
- That’s typical of you!

Saying no / dismissing something
- I did not.
- Rubbish!
- I never said that.
- No way!
- Never!
- Over my dead body!
- Not in a thousand years!
- That’s crap!
- This is bullshit

Criticizing your opponent
- Speak for yourself!
- You can talk!
- You’re one to talk!
- People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!
- What a hypocrite!

Correcting information
- I didn’t do that.
- Take it or leave it, that wasn’t true.
- That wasn’t me.
- No, I didn’t take it.
- No, it was me who helped them.
- You didn’t have anything to do with it.
- I was the one who took it back to the shop.

Getting serious
- Right! That’s it!
- I’ve had enough of this!
- That does it!
- You’ve gone too far!

Ending the argument
- OK, if you say so!
- Just drop it!
- Whatever you say!
- You haven’t heard the last of this!
- Let’s just move on, shall we?
- I can’t be bothered to argue about this any longer.
- I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree.

Intonation and Speed of Speaking

Many people from different countries have the wrong intonation, because their teachers had the wrong intonation. In many situations as monotonous is better than bad intonation. The worst is when someone goes up and down too much on every word. Another thing you should avoid is to end up at the end of a sentence.

To correct improper intonation, you must remember to begin and end up low. You can not do it any other way. I recommend the interview section to go and listen, asked one of the audio files from a native speaker available. You will hear the correct intonation. After listening to the audio, record yourself and listen to it. Does it sound the same? If not, then find the areas that are different and make the necessary corrections.
This advice is very trivial, but the intonation is relatively easy to correct. You can fix your intonation with only a little effort. If you are a friend, the English as a first language, you can usually fix intonation in a few lessons. Recording yourself and you might hear yourself boring, but with proper intonation can go a long way to go.

I have many students who had laid down their intonation by two small meetings. The advice I gave them was the same as the above. This will work, and if you want to speak with the correct intonation, please follow this advice.

Speech Rate
A common mistake of people to get their English with improper pronunciation and intonation, is the speed at which they speak. Because they do not have to perfect pronunciation and intonation, it is difficult, people who understand talk too fast. This is the biggest problem I saw from people who win the confidence in speaking.

To improve your communication, and hear, "excuse me" less often, it is important to have to speak the correct speed. For people with confidence, my advice is to slow down and speak clearly. Words together do not mix too much and make sure to separate words with a small break for words that are difficult to pronounce.