I bet a lot of you like to stay on top of the latest news and events that are happening every day. So why not start watching the news in your foreign language as you try to learn regardless of your level of advancement?
In fact, watching the news on a daily basis can help you in your learning and overall understanding of a foreign language. I used to follow my TV News strategy when I was learning Spanish. I started with 24Horas and their Noticias (the link can be found online). At first, it was just difficult to catch up with all the information. To be honest with you, in the first week I could barely understand a few words, but over time as my vocabulary level and grammar skills increased, I could understand more.
As we watch we will always hear more than we can really understand (at least at the very beginning). You can deal with it by watching the entire newscast, then go back to those hard to understand things to review. Don’t give up if the information seems to be presented quickly. This is very common for Spanish and Italian news as the presenters tend to speak very fast. If you are just starting to watch the news, try answering a few basic questions such as when, where, who, why and how it relates to the news.
Well, world news and events are still being broadcast on major television news services. This way you can first follow the news in your native language to get a general understanding of what’s going on in the world. This general knowledge of the news will help you better understand when watching the news in your target foreign language and your anxiety level will decrease significantly.
Yeah! Finding the news channel of your choice would be the first step. Of course, you can search for your own TV channel and choose the news service you like.
Are there any benefits of watching TV news? So what’s in it for me?
Another good thing is that the following news will get you used to both the sounds of a foreign language and the different accents. By following the news, you will usually get various speakers and news announcers who are speakers with good diction and pronunciation to follow. In addition, the featured reports will give you a good idea of what is happening in the country where the target language of your choice is spoken.
In addition, news broadcasts usually have the so-called tickers (also known as “crawlers” or “slides”) which are placed in the lower third of the television screen on television news networks devoted to presenting headlines. or news. News tickers generally differ between television channels. In this case, Sky News always displays a black colored ticker with white text throughout the broadcast day. This symbol turns yellow with black text to highlight the latest news.
News reports can also be a good source of new vocabulary for you, because while watching the news you can note any new words that appear in the news. Information service broadcast on television or radio. When I started learning English (my first foreign language that I wanted to learn), I listened to the latest news from BBC Radio. The problem with radio news is that it is more difficult to follow because you don’t have visuals (images) to support your general understanding of the information presented in TV news images. You are actually exposed to sound – it can also improve your hearing comprehension skills and the sounds of a foreign language and you are not distracted by the pictures.
Quite often, radio news services also offer podcasts – MP3 files containing information that can be downloaded and listened to later. You are then able to play the downloaded recordings as many times as you want to better understand the news that otherwise might have been missed.
Don’t have time to follow the regular TV news?
Hmm … there is an option for you too. You can install an app that will help you keep up with the latest news on your computer, iPad or mobile phone (eg Breaking News). It’s up to you to follow the news in a form of your choice.