Learning English with news apps and outlets (Part 2) ニュースアプリで英語学習(その2)

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Hello, everyone! I’m back with another blog post this week. Previously, I shared with you some smartphone news applications which are mostly for beginners. And as promised, I listed down a few more recommendations. Most of the ones below are suited better for intermediate to advanced learners. Scroll through to find out more!   

みんな元気?前回のブログで初心者向けのスマホニュースアプリを紹介したでしょ、で、約束通り今回はさらにオススメのを引っさげてきたよ!中級から上級者向けのものになるけどね。さあ、チェックしてみて!

1. English News in Levels
News in Levels is a news learning application designed to improve English skills naturally and fast with short articles. What is wonderful about this app is that it comes in three difficulty levels, level 1 with 1000 words, level 2 with 2000 and level 3 with 3000. According to its creators, they only include

words which are vital for the level you are studying. This makes it simpler for students to remember words and practice with those. Through continued exposure and practice, learners will be able to understand the text’s original version which they also include in the selection. You can search news by different categories, most viewed or the recent ones. This app doesn’t come with Japanese subtitles so it might seem quite overwhelming for beginners. Still, I recommend beginning learners to check out level 1. This might just be a good challenge for you!

Mobile phone version: Available on Appstore and Google Play
Read online: https://www.newsinlevels.com/

「News in Levels」は短い記事で英語スキルを自然にすばやく上達できるようにデザインされたアプリ。このアプリのすばらしいところは「レベル1(1000単語)」「レベル2(2000単語)」「レベル3(3000単語)」と3つの難易度になっていること。製作者によると、学習レベルに必須の単語のみで構成されてるんだって。学習する側にとって、単語覚えることやこれを使った勉強が簡素化されるよね。継続的に題材に触れ、練習することで、原文記事(これも見れるようになっている)を理解できるようになるでしょう。「カテゴリー別」「一番見られてる記事」「最新記事」でニュース検索することもできるよ。日本語字幕みたいのはないので初心者にはきつく感じるかも。でも「レベル1」からぜひ試してほしい。チャレンジしたらできちゃうかもしれないからね。

2. BBC News
The BBC News is the world’s oldest and largest broadcasting organization. The news articles published in this outlet are more elaborate and are written using more complex vocabulary making it more suitable for advanced learners. Articles can be chosen based on their categories-most recent headlines, popular articles, live broadcasting and video content.

Mobile phone version: Available on Appstore and Google Play
Read online: https://www.bbc.com/news

「The BBC News」は世界最古にして最大の放送団体。ここで出版される記事はより細部までしっかりしててより難しい単語構成でかかれてるので上級者におすすめね。記事はそのカテゴリーの直近のがベースに選ばれているよ。

3. HuffPost
HuffPost, also known as Huffington Post is another popular news outlet based in the USA. It covers a variety of content right from current news to entertainment such as TV shows and showbiz using language that is simple and fun to read. HuffPost also features latest happenings and informative articles about different communities (Queer, Women, Black, Asian and Latino groups) which you might be curious about.

 Huffington Postとして知られてる「HuffPost」は、アメリカのニュース団体として人気ね。直近のニュースから、読んでてシンプルで楽しくなっちゃう言葉をつかったテレビ番組やショービジネスまで幅広い内容をカバーしてるの。「HuffPost」は様々なコミュニティー(同性愛者、女性、黒人、アジア人、ラテングループ)についての最近の出来事や有益な記事をも紹介してるのよ。

4. New York Times
The New York Times (The NY Times) is a world-famous news outlet known for its award-winning journalism and skillful reporting and storytelling. Most of their articles are written using vocabulary of higher difficulty. This makes it suitable for more advanced learners of English. The application has such a minimalist interface making the articles look classy, simple and easy to read. It is as if you are reading the traditional print. It also includes a variety of categories to choose from, thus you can find articles that might tickle your fancy. They also curate stories which are based on your personal interest. Reading news articles this way is indeed such a delight!

「The New York Times」は報道受賞 / 巧みな報道と読み聞かせで知られる世界的に有名な団体。記事のほとんどが高難度単語で書かれている。さらなる上級者におすすめ、ってことね。最低限の仕様になっているところが記事の高級感につながって、シンプルで読みやすいわ。様々なカテゴリー選択ができるので、ツボにはまる記事をさがせるよ。個々が興味を持っている事柄を収集して記事を作ってもいるのね。こういう方法でニュース読むのって楽しいわね!

And that wraps up this news apps and outlet series. I hope you find the one that best matches your learning level and interests! Enjoy reading!

はい、今回はこれでおしまい。レベルに合う、ちょうどいいのがみつかるといいね! ではまた。

-Teacher Marilou 🌼

Vocabulary:    

  1. minimalistic (形容詞) using the smallest range of materials and colors possible, and only very simple shapes or forms 最小限の色彩や形状を追及するスタイルの
  2. curate (動詞) – to select things such as documents, music, products, or internet content to be included as part of a list or collection, or on a website: 必要な情報を様々な情報源から収集し、整理、要約、共有する

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