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A couple visiting Norwich were told by their National Express driver: “You MUST speak English in the UK”. Photo: Professional Images (UK) Ltd/Francisco Perez-Ferrer

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A National Express coach driver has been suspended after a Costa Rican couple visiting their family in Norwich were told: “you MUST speak English in the UK”.

The note a couple visiting Norwich handed their National Express coach driver and the response they received. Photo: Francisco Perez-FerrerThe note a couple visiting Norwich handed their National Express coach driver and the response they received. Photo: Francisco Perez-Ferrer

Guillermo Rodriguez and his wife Ana Ruth Quesada, both in their sixties, were travelling from Norwich to Heathrow last week.

Because the pair do not speak English their daughter had written a note for them to hand their coach driver asking for help in reaching the correct terminal.

The note said: “Hi! We don’t speak English but we have to get to terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.

“Could you please let us know when arriving there? Many thanks.”

Their son in-law Francisco Perez-Ferrer said that when a new driver took over at Cambridge and was handed the note, they behaved “in an abusive and harassing way”.

The driver then wrote beneath the note: “you MUST speak English in the UK”.

National Express condemned the actions of the driver, saying: “This kind of behaviour is clearly unacceptable and not what we expect of our employees.

“The driver concerned has been removed from National Express services with immediate effect while we carry out our investigation.”

Mr Perez-Ferrer said of the incident: “It’s a real pity in many ways.

“It isn’t good for international tourists, who should be coming here through the fantastic airport we have in Norwich.

“It’s also a bad thing for those international investors that try to put some money to arrange new business or factories, bringing new jobs.

“I’m really sad, we’ve been living here since January, and found people in Norwich are quite friendly, but these kind of people ruin the wonderful image that Norfolk is trying to project.”

The family have filed a formal complaint about the “distressing” incident with National Express.

National Express added: “With hundreds of services to all major UK airports every day, we welcome passengers from across the world and pride ourselves on providing them with the highest level of customer service.

“We have made contact with the customers concerned to personally apologise for this incident and assure them that we are taking this matter very seriously.”

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FREE Speak English Podcasts | Learn English 192 Article – Learn To Speak English Fluently And Why Gin Is A Mothers Ruin

​Learn To Speak English Fluently And Why Gin Is A Mothers Ruin

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​Summary: Learn to speak English fluently

​Today we learn all about Gin as we learn to speak English fluently. 2018 was a big year for the popularity of Gin in the UK. It seems a long lost alcoholic drink of the past came rushing back. So if you want the English vocabulary to navigate a UK pub in 2019 you will enjoy listening to our latest podcast.

This podcast is full of interesting history about Gin and if nothing else will explain what Gin is in all its many forms. So even if you don’t drink alcohol there is plenty of useful English vocabulary to practice and English conversation to learn.

As always, we recommend you listen to the audio repeatedly, until you understand all the vocabulary. Use the free English language transcript PDF we provide to help you lookup any words you don’t understand.

​Audio Transcript: Learn To Speak English Fluently And Why Gin Is A Mothers Ruin

​Hi there and welcome to this latest podcast from Adept English. This is our Monday podcast and therefore it’s a bit longer than our Thursday podcast, but of course, both are good to listen to – and have the purpose of allowing you to practice your English language listening, helping you to learn to speak english fluently .  

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​What is gin?

So, if you’d been at our house on Christmas Day, which is traditionally when you open your Christmas presents in the morning, you would have seen me opening my Christmas presents. And this year, it turned out that my fondness – that means my liking – my fondness for gin was very evident in some of the presents. I received a bottle of gin, some gin glasses, some herbs for flavouring gin and a whole book on cocktails made with gin. You get the picture. If you don’t know what ‘gin’ is – G-I-N….it’s an alcoholic drink, which is clear, rather like vodka, but it’s got a different flavour. There are a number of different herbs and spices which give gin its flavour.  

For me, gin is a lovely, summer drink, with ice and lemon – but that’s not to say that it’s unwelcome on a winter evening as well. And of course the more usual way to drink it as a G&T – which stands for ‘gin and tonic’. The tonic, T-O-N-I-C in this context means a fizzy drink, rather like lemonade, but more fizzy and not as sweet. So you might buy Schweppes tonic or a popular one in the UK at the moment is Fevertree tonic water. So a G&T can be a nice aperitif, that means a drink before a meal, or you might ask for it in a bar or a pub. It’s not that I drink alcohol very much, but what I do drink, I want it to be nice. So a G&T is my usual alternative to a glass of wine. So if you want to learn to speak english fluently when you go out to a bar or a pub, this podcast is good practice for you.

​Gin enjoying new popularity

Gin has had what we call ‘a resurgence’ in recent years in the UK. ‘Resurgence’ is a noun and ‘to have a resurgence’ just means that something has become popular all over again – although it’s been present all along. So everywhere you look there are different types of gin, different flavours of gin.  You can get raspberry gin, ginger gin, rose gin, rhubarb gin. Rhubarb is a fruit which is a stalk, a stick of a plant. And many other flavours are being used in gin. More of the traditional gin is also being drunk.

Traditionally, the UK is known across the world for producing gin as a clear alcoholic drink, but actually a little research shows that gin was originally invented by the Dutch ‘jenever’ (pronounced ‘Yen-Eva’). And it was originally from a medicinal drink. ‘Medicinal’ means ‘intended as a medicine’. But England really took up the idea of gin and started to produce it in quantity as early as the 1600s. In fact, gin became something of a problem for a time, there was such enthusiasm for it! It was a source of social problems, it was so popular. ’’ was one name for it, because there were so many women who had problems with alcohol, because of their gin drinking. So of course, you can have too much of a good thing sometimes.

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​Gin is usually made with juniper berries and juniper, J-U-N-I-P-E-R is a native British conifer tree. So gin is ‘home-grown’ here in the UK, and in fact, ‘London gin’ is a particular type, recognised by the EU. And there are EU controls over what you can add. You can’t just put flavourings in to certain types of gin – it has to follow a certain process of distillation. ‘To distil’ is the verb used for the process of making alcoholic drinks. So you would also distil whiskey or beer and the factories where this happens are known as ‘distilleries’.

You can usually smell them when you pass on the street! If you look over a list of the best known gin brands, you’ll see that many of them are made in England, but they also come from Scotland, Ireland and of course, the Netherlands. So words that are possibly new to you so far, if you want to learn to speak english fluently are ‘to distil’, meaning to make an alcoholic drink, and a ‘distillery’ is the factory where you distil something into alcohol. And ‘distillation’ is the noun, the name for the process of making alcohol. And ‘medicinal’ means like a medicine – so something which is intended to benefit your health. Oh and ‘rhubarb’ is a fruit, which is a stalk of a plant and juniper berries are what flavour gin.

​Gin Flavours

So, as I say, the traditional flavour for gin, is the berries or the fruit of the juniper plant. And juniper is a conifer. So that’s the sort of tree which comes from northern countries, which is evergreen – green all year round. So juniper berries give gin its very distinctive taste. And its taste is so particular, that it’s one of those things, which people either like or they really don’t like.

Did you listen to the Adept English podcast on ? Well, it’s a bit like that – you like it or you don’t. But of course, you can flavour gin with all kinds of other things, not just juniper berries. So there’s a tradition of flavouring gins with other berries – especially sloe berries – that’s S-L-O-E, another type of berry, found in the UK. And you can make damson gin. Damsons are a small plum. That’s delicious – for me, damson gin is the best of all!

Lots of gins are described as ‘botanicals’. So some vocabulary here – ‘Botany’ is the study of plants, so ‘botanical’ means to do with particular types of plants and ‘botanicals’ in the plural is a quick way of saying ‘plants which are used to flavour something’ – here gin. So the idea of course is that the gins are flavoured with different plants. Coriander, cardamom – both of which you’ll find in Indian curries, licorice and cinnamon can all be used, along with orange, lime and lemon, of course.

So again, vocabulary we’ve covered to help you learn to speak english fluently when you go out for a few drinks, at least at the start of the evening – ‘botanicals’ means plant-based flavours, a lime is like a lemon, but green. Damsons are a small fruit, like a plum. Oh, and a G&T means a gin and tonic water.

​Brands of gin

What about the new flavoured gins and all the brands that there are in the UK? Well, if you looked inside the drinks cabinet of people in the UK who are my parents’ age, you would probably come across brands like Gordon’s or Beefeater gin. And maybe even Bombay Sapphire – that’s the one in the blue bottle. A sapphire is a precious stone – like a diamond – but blue in colour. Bombay Sapphire is famous gin across the world and very nice too! But there are many well-known brands. Tanqueray is distilled in Scotland and there are several varieties of Tanqueray. For instance Tanqueray Rangpur is flavoured with Indian limes.

A lime is normally like a lemon, but green in colour, but actually Rangpur limes are more like a cross between an orange and a lemon. Seagrams is another brand name, with a lime twist or a pineapple twist, if you prefer! ‘A twist’ just means ‘with a little bit of something added’ – so here a  bit of lime or a bit of pineapple. Other brands of gin – well, there’s also Hendricks, Fords, Magellan. And many other local gins are made in the UK – like Brighton gin for instance, made of course, in Brighton.


So whether or not you like gin yourself, or if you’ve never tried it or you might try it after listening to this podcast, or if you’re a bartender and you don’t drink it yourself, but you need to know this stuff for your work? Either way, I hope this podcast has been interesting and possibly useful for you in learning to speak english fluently.


​So ‘Bottoms Up’, ‘Cheers’, ‘Good Health’ – and here’s to a G&T. Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

PS: We are now producing a new special video version of the podcasts.

​You might have noticed that our podcasts are being turned into videos on YouTube and Facebook. We have done this so Adept English can reach people who do not use podcasts or podcast apps on their phones. Even though video and images are a distraction to learning through listening, it’s important to Adept English that what we do is available to the largest audience.

So If you are using video’s enjoying our English language listening lessons remember it’s the listening that you need to focus on not the pictures!

One of the unexpected advantages of using video is we can provide our English language transcripts as “Sub Titles” to the video. So as I speak the words, you can read the words on screen as you listen.

As always, if you don‘t like this article or you already know about wonder and wander there are many more articles on common English phrases to listen to here.

You can always find more interesting learn English articles .​


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FREE Speak English Podcasts | Learn English 191 Article – How To Improve English Fluency And Get Healthy

​How To Improve English Fluency And Get Healthy

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​Summary: English Fluency

​If you know anything about Adept English and our “Listen & learn” method of learning to speak English, you know repeated listening, will cause improved English fluency. We have a whole section of podcasts on speaking English fluently.

What makes Adept English different is we focus a lot on making the English language and vocabulary you listen to interesting and useful. You need to engage with the English conversation or you will skip the important listening process. If you do not focus on the words being discussed, even if you listen many times, you will not maximise the benefits of repeated listening.

So you will have no problems listening and taking an interest in this podcast about healthy eating. We should all be interested in staying healthy!

​Audio Transcript: How To Improve English Fluency And Get Healthy

​Hi there, and welcome to this latest podcast from Adept English. This is our Thursday podcast and it’s therefore a bit shorter and easier to understand than our Monday podcast. But as ever, if you want to improve your English fluency, then listen to the podcast a number of times, until you understand all the words. There is a transcript, a written version of what I say, which is available on our website at

​One of the best ways to improve your English fluency is by listening to articles, English material which you find interesting, which gives you interesting information at the same time. So you don’t actually feel as though you’re working on your English fluency – it’s happening, but in a way that you don’t notice. So let’s pick a news story from the last few days. And something we should all think about!

​Fantastic health benefits from food

​Scientists are telling us that there is a super food, which 90% of people in the UK at least, don’t get enough of. A super food is a food which is really healthy, which you should eat to stay fit and well. So the UK news is saying that only 10% of people here eat enough of this food. And the health benefits of this food are quite extraordinary. So if you eat enough of this food, you have 40% less chance of having a coronary, a heart attack. So that’s when your heart stops working and it can be life-threatening. This food also means that you have much less chance of becoming diabetic. Being diabetic or having the disease called diabetes – that’s when your body can’t process sugar properly. And diabetes is not a good disease to have. It means there’s more risk of other illnesses. For every 7 grammes extra of this food that you eat every day, it means 7% less chance of a stroke. ‘A stroke’ is when there’s a blockage in the blood supply to your brain. It’s very serious and again, it can kill you or paralyse you. And if you eat this food, you’re more likely to have a healthy weight. You’re less likely to be overweight.

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​You’ll have less acne, fewer spots. Acne and spots are what you get on your skin, particularly on your face, which often teenagers suffer from. This food means less of all that. Your chances of diverticulitis and other diseases of your digestive system – are reduced by 40% if you eat lots of this food. Your digestive system is the system in your body which processes the food that you eat. And this element in your food means you’re less likely to have haemorrhoids – that’s a medical condition which happens when you go to the toilet. Again, I’ll not go into detail – but, if you look up that word, you’ll find that you really don’t want to have haemorrhoids! Not nice! It’s an interesting word to spell – look at the transcript on the website for that spelling. This food also reduces the chance of getting ‘kidney stones’. That is a build up of calcium in your kidneys. And your kidneys are two organs which process what you drink. And it’s an extremely painful thing if you’ve ever have kidney stones. It usually needs an operation, surgery to sort the problem out. Definitely something to avoid if you can.

So all sorts of vocabulary here for you. Not just improving your English fluency here, but also covering all kinds of vocabulary, words about your health, your body, your organs in your body and your fitness.

​What does the word ‘fibre’ mean?

So what is this super food, this wonderful part of our diet? Well, all of those health benefits can be yours, if you eat enough fibre. So fibre, F-I-B-R-E is a funny word. It refers to all the bits in food that you don’t fully digest – and therefore which help us go to the toilet regularly. Nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables with their seeds and their skins on – these are what give us fibre in our diet. If you want to spell this word the American way, it’s fiber, FIBER. Just in case you want to look it up online, that’s why you’ll find both spellings. So F-I-B-R-E is UK and F-I-B-E-R is US. Another example of differences between UK and US English spelling. We do like to be different!

So the recommendation that is in the news this week, is that we should all be eating at least 30 grammes of fibre in our diet every day. And the news was also saying that only 10% of people actually do this – in the UK, at least. So most of us don’t get enough fibre and we’re at risk of all those horrible medical conditions that I listed! The problem is because we eat more and more refined food and less and less natural food, we tend to eat less and less fibre. So our health risks deteriorating, that means ‘getting worse’, because we don’t eat enough fibre. The more refined a food is, the less fibre it contains. So for example, if you eat white bread, that’s refined, not much fibre, whereas if you eat brown bread or wholemeal bread as we often call it, then you’re eating much more fibre. It’s much better for you.

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​What does 30g fibre look like?

​So what does 30g of fibre look like? Well, I guess that’s also the point of this news story. If you eat the typical western European diet that we do in the UK, it’s very unlikely that you’re eating 30g of fibre a day. So you have to think about it and eat differently to arrive at 30g. If you eat an apple, that’s around 4g of fibre. If you eat oats – they’re what you use to make porridge – that’s a bit better. Half a cup of oats to make porridge would be 9g of fibre. Two carrots, with their skins on, would be 6g of fibre and a cup of whole lentils, would be 4g. Lentils are what you find in Indian Dhal or in Moroccan dishes too. But of course there are many, many foods we can eat, that don’t contain any fibre at all. So the more of these foods that you eat, the less fibre you’re getting overall. Very bad!


So listen to this podcast a number of times to increase your understanding of lots of vocabulary around health and healthy eating – and this will in turn increase your English fluency, as well as perhaps helping you improve your health!

Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

PS: There is no point learning to speak English if you are not healthy enough to Enjoy it!

Once you know English fluency results from repeated listening to native English speakers, you need to find the right content and be able to listen to the content more than once. Adept English exists today because we could not find that content for free on the internet!

We have over 190 podcasts covering a lot of different topics. We aim to make each one of our podcasts interesting, good quality, free and importantly provide a full transcript of the English language used. So if you did not like this podcast then we recently posted on English fluency , and we have a whole  on English fluency here.

So please if you like what you hear, tell your friends about us, share a link or post a comment with a link. Our goal is to help as many people learn to speak English fluently as we can.

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[App Fridays] Learn English, go global – all with an intuitive app

Learning fluent English is an aspiration for a large chunk of India’s middle-class population, and Hello English is making the process easier, fun, and simpler than you can imagine.

Call it a “colonial hangover” or a desire to become “global” – learning the English language is a huge aspirational goal for many people, especially in the Indian subcontinent.

In a country that still sees “English medium schools” as the pinnacle of primary school education across large swathes, more and more people are willing to invest time, money, and effort into learning the English language.

Recognising this need, and the potential offered by the burgeoning smartphone revolution in India, CultureAlley co-founders Nishant and Pranshu Patni launched Hello English in October 2014. CultureAlley is a startup founded by Nishant and Pranshu in December 2012 and runs under the aegis of Jaipur-based Intap Labs Pvt Ltd.

Since its launch in October 2014, Hello English has steadily expanded its user base to over 15 million (as of January 2017) and has become one of the most popular English learning apps.

CultureAlley Co-founders Pranshu and Nishant Patni.

One of the key differentiators for Hello English has been an intuitive interface and teaching strategy in a variety of local languages, which gives users the option to steadily improve their English skills via the comfort of their native language.

Supporting 14 Indian languages (including oft-overlooked ones like Haryanvi and Bhojpuri) as well as a handful of others, Hello English makes the English learning experience simple, easy, and comfortable, irrespective of how fluent you are in English when starting out.

So how does the app work?

Firing up Hello English for the first time brings up a language selection screen. As discussed earlier, the app currently supports 25 languages – 14 Indian languages (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Oriya, Assamese, Bhojpuri, and Haryanvi), as well as 11 others (Urdu, Arabic, Bangladeshi Bengali, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Malay, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish).

Once you choose your language, you have to create a profile, that lets Hello English give you customised lessons that cater best to your needs, including age/profession, the reason for learning English, etc.

The app also asks you to choose your current fluency with English – whether you’re a complete beginner, or already have some basic knowledge.

If you choose to go with the latter option, the app gives you a quick quiz to check your degree of fluency and comfort with the language and assigns your lessons accordingly.

Once the set up is done, you can start your English lessons right away.

Hello English offers 475 lessons across 19 phases, ranging from basic steps like introducing yourself to forming complex sentences and understanding English grammar.

Each lesson is accompanied by audio cues in your chosen language that guide users through the learning. Correct completion of a lesson/activity on the platform gives you coins, which are used to unlock additional lessons and features as you progress.

Apart from the basic lessons, the app offers additional services like a range of practice options to test your developing English skills…

… a bilingual dictionary with over 10,000 words…

… and a forum where you can post questions and interact with other users for queries and discussions.

Selecting the options menu on the left-hand side also lets you access settings, such as customising your personal profile, changing your app language, seeing how many coins you’ve collected, audio settings, etc.

Hello English runs on a freemium model – the basic lesson plans and services are all free, but users can avail of premium services like resume management, additional certification courses, live video interactions with professional teachers, and more for varying fees.

So just how good is Hello English?

The easy-to-use interface and patient approach to teaching adopted on Hello English make it an extremely simple and comfortable app to use.

Even users completely new to the English language will be able to get a good grasp quite rapidly. While this is possibly not a complete replacement for mainstream English education, the wide variety of topics covered and the ability to learn at your own pace definitely make this a first-choice app for anyone looking to learn English.

Hello English has gathered a bunch of awards along the way, a testament to its popularity and usefulness. If you know somebody who wants to learn English but is unsure of how to go about it, tell them about Hello English. Whether school going student or retired grandparent, Hello English has a learning service for everyone!

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Why do so many Australians speak Arabic? – Daily chart

MAPS OF LANGUAGES are often deceptively simple: language X is spoken here, language Y there. But people have a habit of moving around, and brightly coloured maps are not good at showing complicated mixtures of languages. So NeoMam Studios, a British design firm, has broken out the first, second and—most interestingly—third-most-spoken languages in almost every country in the world.

The results can be surprising. Although most people surely know that the second-most spoken languages in Canada and America are French and Spanish, respectively, those ranked third are less easy to guess: Punjabi in Canada and Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese) in America. Similarly reflecting a history of immigration, Arabic is the third-most-spoken language in Australia and Samoan the third-most common in New Zealand.

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In some countries the third-ranked language is an indigenous one. In populous places, this can result in an otherwise obscure tongue outperforming better-known counterparts. Marathi, spoken in the Indian state of Maharashtra, has more than 80m native speakers, putting it on par globally with German. Wu, a variety of Chinese spoken in Shanghai and neighbouring Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, is listed as China’s third-biggest language. It too has about 80m native speakers.

The case of different forms of Chinese shows just one way in which tabulating such things is messy. How non-native speakers of a language are treated is another problem: English has been taught to hundreds of millions of Chinese and Indians, but the CIA World Factbook, from which NeoMam gets much of its data, does not list English among the top three languages in either country. By one estimate, around 10% of Indians speak English, which would make it the country’s second-biggest language.

NeoMam’s sources, the CIA World Factbook and Ethnologue, a standard reference work on the world’s languages, also treat immigrant languages inconsistently. Turkish, which is almost certainly Germany’s second-most-spoken native language, is absent from NeoMam’s list of the country’s top three languages. Chuck Fennig of Ethnologue explains that the database treats Turkish as an immigrant language in Germany, not a native one.

Perhaps the moral of the story is that, when attempting to add detail to the world’s language map, it is easy to get tongue-tied.

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Why English Speakers Learn Chinese Better In Language Schools No ratings yet.

Whether you’re interested in eventually taking and passing the HSK Singapore exam or not, the fact is, you deserve a round of applause for being engaged in learning Chinese.

As the world’s most spoken language, learning Chinese is going to become a marketable skill as China’s influence on a global scale continues to rise. It is definitely worthwhile to take up a business Chinese class. But, as an English speaker, you probably think that it’s better to learn Chinese at home via online private lessons at your own leisure time as opposed to enrolling in school.

However, you got it wrong.

While there are certainly benefits to learning Chinese at your own free time, a more effective way to learn Chinese is by enrolling in language school.

Put simply: language school give students the opportunity to learn a new language alongside others with the same goals and interests. This can be especially motivating as it fosters a conducive learning environment where everyone can all learn together. With people to practice with, it can make a huge difference in a student’s learning progress.

In addition, the costs of a language school are extremely affordable, given the guidance and exposure that you will be getting in class. Many language school also provide support if you plan to take the HSK exam, or if you are looking for additional employment or educational opportunities in China.

Are There Reasons Not to Enrol in a Chinese Language School?

Yes. There are.

For starters, if you don’t have time to attend classes, private lessons would be better for you. If you don’t learn particularly well in a group setting, then you’re better off in a one-on-one setting done at the comfort of your own home (or wherever it is you are comfortable doing the classes).

All in all, the choice is up to you.

As an English speaker who’s interested in learning Chinese, you have a myriad of options available for you. You can even try learning yourself using resources from the internet. There are countless media available online to assist you in mastering the Chinese language. You can also make use of apps, as well as software, to supplement your learning.

However, if you’re looking for a more conventional method of learning a new language, then you’ll do better by enrolling yourself in a school.

At language school, tenured and highly qualified instructors are present to assist you with any of your enquires. Also, making more friends is always fun! In fact, many language centres give their students the opportunity to be exposed to the Chinese culture, which can be valuable in your Chinese learning journey!

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6 ways to learn English using newspapers, broadcasts & apps | EnglishRadar

6 ways to learn English using newspapers, broadcasts & apps

Do you keep up to date with the news? Do you prefer newspapers, television or radio news broadcasts, or do you have news apps on your phone? If you like to follow the latest news stories and current affairs, then you can also use it to improve your English skills. Today, we are giving ideas and looking at ways to learn English using newspapers, news broadcasts and apps.

How can the news improve your English skills?

We need resources to study any subject, and the news can be a great resource to learn English and other languages. The news is always new! So, this means that there are always fresh resources in a wide variety of topics that you can use to improve your English skills. Also, news stories are not very long – well, much shorter than a novel or an English coursebook. This can be an advantage if you have a busy schedule, because you can focus on one article (or more if you have the time).

Ways to learn English using newspapers, news broadcasts and apps

1. Watch or read about topics that you find interesting

We recommend that choosing news topics that your find interesting. Why? I’m sure you remember words and phrases from songs that you like! Similarly, you are more likely remember new English vocabulary and develop English skills from a news topic that you enjoy. For example, if you love sport, then go to the sports section or channels for the latest news.

2. Choose news topics or stories that you already know

If you like the news, then you almost certainly read or listen to the latest stories in your own language. This can be an advantage, because if you have already read the story in your language, your will be familiar with the context.

For example, you might have a news app on your phone in your mother tongue, which you read first. Then you could read the story again using an English news app to develop your English skills.

3. Make predictions about the news story

When reading articles and listening to news broadcasts, you can develop your English reading and listening skills by making predictions. We recommend that you read or listen to the headline first, and then give yourself time to think. What information do you think will be included in the article?

You can make predictions using the words and phrases in the headline, combined with information that you already know about the topic. This helps you to activate your English vocabulary for this particular news topic (e.g. sport, entertainment, business etc). As you continue to read or listen, you can check if your predictions were correct. This ongoing process also helps to keep you interested in the news article.

4. Try to identify the main points

After using the headlines to think about and predict the news story, we recommend quickly reading or listening to the whole article. Don’t worry about individual words or phrases – just try to get an overview (or outline) of the news story.

This can help you improve your reading skills and help you to read more quickly. Alternatively, it can develop your listening skills, so that you can understand the main points in the article.

Once you have a general understanding of the news story, you can read or listen again to check for more information and to develop your English vocabulary (see below)!

5. Develop your English vocabulary

The news provides great examples of English in context, and it provides the opportunity to develop your English vocabulary in a variety of topics.

Naturally, you can look up words in a dictionary and translate them into your language. However, we recommend that you first try to guess or work out the meaning from the article. Then you can always check in an English dictionary or translate.

6. Practise speaking about current news topics

It is definitely possible to learn English using newspapers, news broadcasts and apps. Even so, if you have the opportunity, try speaking about the news in English as well.

The news is a common small talk topic and it can be a great way to start a conversation. “Have you read the news today?” “Did you see the football on Saturday” and so on. You can also read another blog post for more small talk ideas!


If you want to develop your English skills faster, you can also look at our recommended self-study English resources to study at home. You could also benefit from an English course with qualified English teachers, who can provide study targets and valuable feedback.

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