Welcome to August!
While you are out and about on your holidays, don’t forget to keep up your language skills. Whether you choose to tune in to an internet radio station in your target language, or to check out the newspapers, make time for practice. ‘Little and often’ is the mantra to use.
This month we are going to give some ideas about making the most of the news websites. There are several websites offering podcasts in the language you want to learn (your target language) and these can be particularly useful – especially those which have the news read more slowly than usual. “Deutsche Welle” offers very good news coverage for learners (http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030). For French try the imaginatively titled “News in slow French” (https://www.newsinslowfrench.com). Those studying English may benefit from the choices of speed available at “Breaking News English” (http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com). Why not download one every weekend and listen to it on your daily commute?
Another option would be to use one of the international new channels, such as www.euronews.com A useful tip is to familiarise yourself with the news story first in your native language, by watching the clip several times, and then to change the language of the site to your target language and watch the same article again. There may well be a few small differences in reporting style or focus, but the main facts of the story should stay the same! Alternatively, you could watch the article several times in your target language, make notes and only THEN read the text of the article.
After we finish with our intensive students in mid-August, Language Learners will be taking a short summer break too. We are looking forward to seeing our regular clients in September and to meeting our new ones. In fact, September is looking busy already with very few of the popular late afternoon/early evening slots left. So, if you are hoping to learn a new language or brush up your existing skills, drop us a line!