We live in a fast-paced world where everything around us is changing, so it’s important to keep up with what’s going on. The news is one way to do that, and listening to newscasts or reading the paper can help you learn English by improving your comprehension skills and teaching you vocabulary and grammar. We often recommend watching movies, exploring the local culture, and even doing fun activities like cooking to improve your language skills, but the news brings the added benefit of keeping you informed about the world around you.
Improve Your Listening Skills
Parts of the newscast are written ahead of time, and newscasters read from a script of televisions behind the camera. They know that people of all languages, cultures, and backgrounds are watching, so newscasters speak clearly and directly so their audience can follow along. But field reporting isn’t as tidy. Reporters speak with all different types of people with different accents, dialects, and native languages. Watching these various people speak can help you practice English comprehension and listening skills, improve your vocabulary, and even learn slang words and culture-specific terms.
Connect with Others
When you’re up-to-date with what’s happening in the world, you’ll always have something to talk about with other people. Whether you are meeting a new friend for drinks or starting a conversation with your neighbor, you’ll be able to discuss important recent events in your neighborhood, sports, or politics across the world.
Learn What’s Interesting to You
If you’re not into politics or current events, you can still learn English skills by watching or reading the news—just choose what interests you! There are countless topics to explore that can help you learn English. Check out the sports section to see what your favorite local teams are up to, brush up on pop culture with entertainment news, and even learn financial vocabulary in the finance section.