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News . . .

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•→http://www.englishpage.com/readingroom.html

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World news for students of English in three levels  ⇑   Dead easy!

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One-minute World News ⇓

¤  Special EnglishVOAm

A simple form of the English language, used by a public radio station called Voice of America, run by the United States government in Special English programs every day. Its news and feature programs are read more slowly than usual, using fewer English words and simple grammar.

The contents of Simple English programs are much easier to understand. Simple English is clearer and simpler, and it uses shorter sentences. It can also help someone whose English is weak to improve his or her English. In some countries, for example China, Special English is popular among people learning English.

A full list of the restricted vocabulary used in  Simple English can be checked at the wikipedia ↓

•→http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VOA_Special_English_Word_Book

 LEARN ENGLISH WITH CAPTIONED VIDEO  …  Listen & Read .↓. Two levels!

 •→http://learningenglish.voanews.com/←

TheTimes

IA20.01.1st (Page 1)

telegraph

scotsman

¤  Australian educational video webcasts from Australia’s ABC-TV. Transcripts available. Designed for children, but the topics are interesting for adults as well  ⇓

behindthenews

¤  Light-hearted news in American English ↓ All videos display the transcript under the screen. Just click on View More

newsy

¤ An independent global news hour anchored by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman & Juan González ↓ 

D_N

⇑  All vids with transcripts.

¤  CNN Student News/Quick Guides & Transcripts  ⇓

cnn

¤  An American basic cable and satellite channel owned by the NBCUniversal News Group: it provides news coverage and political opinion on current events  ⇓

MSNBC

¤  A Doha based broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, ⇓  funded by the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.

aljazeera

 

¤  The Language of the Press

journalese

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¶  Journalese = An informal, often pejorative term for a style of writing and word choice found in many newspapers and magazines.  [Richard Nordquist – About.com] 

“What is journalese‘? It’s a quilt of instant words patched together out of other parts of speechAdjectives are used as nouns (‘greats,’ ‘notables’). Nouns are used as verbs (‘to host’), or they are chopped off to form verbs (‘enthuse,’ ‘emote’), or they are padded to form verbs (‘beef up,’ ‘put teeth into’). This is a world where eminent people are ‘famed’ and their associates are ‘staffers,’ where the future is always ‘upcoming’ and someone is forever ‘firing off’ a note.”

(William Zinsser, On Writing Well, 7th ed. HarperCollins, 2006)

•→tefltastic.wordpress.com/worksheets/vocabulary/current-affairs/test-each-other-headlines/

 •→  Funny Newspaper Headlines ⇐

¤  The language of the media:  Vocabulary . . . →[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03]←

           headline-linkedin1←download PPT

Φ  The Language of HEADLINES … ⇒[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03]⇐

Newspaper headlines should be brief and impactful. Short words are quickly read and fit into a small space on a newspaper.

The following words are good examples of headline words.

 word example meaning
aid £10m government aid assistance
alert Terrorist Alert warning to look out for
back Council Backs teachers supports
ban Drug Ban prohibition
bid World record bid attempt
blaze Flats Blaze Drama fire
boost Boost Sales incentive, encourage
clash Football Managers Clash argue, conflict
curb / kerb Water Curbs restraint, limit
flee to run away from, escape
gag Press Gag to silence, censor, censorship
go High Rise to go to be knocked down, sold off or dismantled
move Move To Create More Jobs action, step towards a desired end
ordeal Job Ordeal painful experience
oust Dictator Ousted to force out of office, remove from high position
plea Plea for Calm request, call for help, appeal
pledge promise
poll Poll Probes election, public opinion survey
probe Space Probe to investigate, investigation
quit PM Quits to leave, resign
riddle Gems Riddle mystery
strife conflict
swoop Port Swoop raid
woo to woo left to try to attract

Reference  ↓   Practical English Usage by Michael Swan ⇐(Oxford University Press)

Act: take action; do something
POWER CRISIS: GOVERNMENT TO ACT

Aid: (noun) military or financial help
Aid (verb): to help
MORE AID FOR POOR COUNTRIES
UNIONS AID BANK STRIKERS

Alert: alarm, warning
TERROR ALERT IN THE CAPITAL

Allege: make an accusation
BLIND GIRL ALLEGES UNFAIR TREATMENT

Appear: appear in court accused of a crime
MP TO APPEAR ON DRUGS CHARGES

Axe (verb): abolish, close down
Axe (noun): abolition, closure
POSTAL SERVICES AXED
SMALL SCHOOLS FACE AXE

 

Back: support
OPPOSITION BACKS PM

Ban: forbid, refuse to allow something
GOVERNMENT BANS SMOKING IN PUBLIC

Bar: refuse
HOTEL BARS FOOTBALL FANS

Bid: attempt
WOMAN MAKES SUICIDE BID

Blast: explosion
Blast: criticize violently
BLAST AT AIRPORT
OPPOSITION BLASTS PM

Blaze: fire
SIX DIE IN TEMPLE BLAZE

Blow: bad news, unfortunate happening
SMITH ILL: BLOW TO WORLD CUP HOPES

Bond: political or business association
INDIA CUTS TRADE BONDS WITH CHINA

Boom: big increase; prosperous period
ECONOMIC BOOM: URBAN RICH TO BENEFIT

Boost: encourage
GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BOOST EXPORTS

Brink: edge of disaster
GLOBAL WARMING: EARTH ON BRINK OF DISASTER

 

Call for: demand/ appeal for
TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR STRIKE

Campaign: organized effort to achieve social or political result
MP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR TAX REFORMS

Claim (verb): make a statement that something is true
US SCIENTISTS CLAIM CANCER BREAKTHROUGH

Clamp down on: deal firmly with
POLICE TO CLAMP DOWN ON EVE TEASING

Clash: quarrel, fight
STUDENTS CLASH WITH POLICE

Clear: find innocent
MP CLEARED ON DRUG CHARGES

Con: swindle
TEENEGERS CON WIDOW OUT OF LIFE SAVINGS

Crackdown: firm application of the law
GOVERNMENT PROMISES CRACKDOWN ON INFILTRATORS

Crash: failure
TEN PEOPLE DIE IN PLANE CRASH

Curb: restrict
GOVERNMENT TO CURB ILLICIT LIQUOR TRADE

Cut: reduce
US CUTS AID TO INDIA

 

Dash: make quick journey
PM IN DASH TO BLAST HOSPITAL

Deadlock: disagreement that cannot be solved
DEADLOCK IN INDO-US NUCLEAR DEAL

Deal: agreement
INDIA SIGNS NUCLEAR DEAL WITH US

Drive: united effort
DRIVE TO SAVE PLANET

Drop (verb): give up; get rid of
Drop (noun): fall
GOVERNMENT TO DROP TERROR REFORMS
DROP IN FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

 

Edge: move gradually
WORLD EDGES TOWARDS WAR

 

Firm: determined not to change
PM FIRM ON TAX REFORMS

Flak: heavy criticism
MINISTER FACES FLAK OVER RACIAL REMARKS

Foil: prevent somebody from succeeding
GUARD FOILS BANK ROBBERY BID

 

Gag: censor; prevent from speaking
AFRICAN PRESIDENT ACTS TO GAG PRESS

Go: resign; be lost, disappear
PM TO GO?

Go for: be sold for
PICASSO PAINTING GOES FOR $5 MILLION

Go-ahead: approval
NUKE-PLAN GETS GO-AHEAD

Grab: take violently
INDIANS GRAB SHARES IN FOREIGN COMPANIES

Grip: control; hold tightly
COLD WAVE GRIPS COUNTRY

Gun down: shoot
POLICE GUN DOWN TERRORISTS.

 

Hail: welcome; praise
PM HAILS PEACE PLAN

Halt: stop
AUTOMOBILE PLANT TO HALT PRODUCTION

Haul: amount stolen in robbery, or seized by police or customs
MAJOR ARMS HAUL IN CAPITAL

Head for: move towards
ECONOMY HEADING FOR DISASTER, EXPERTS WARN

Hike: rise in costs, prices etc.
INTEREST HIKE WILL HIT REAL ESTATE MARKET

Hit: affect badly
HEAVY RAINS HIT TRANSPORT

Hit out at: attack with words
PM HITS OUT AT CRITICS

Hitch: problem that causes delay
LAST-MINUTE HITCH DELAYS SATELLITE LAUNCH

Hold: arrest; keep under arrest
POLICE HOLD TERROR SUSPECT

 

Key: important
KEY WITNESS IN THE POACHING CASE VANISHES

 

Landslide: victory by a large majority in election
LANDSLIDE FOR DEMOCRATS

Lash: criticize violently
OPPOSITION LASHES GOVERNMENT REFORMS

Lead: clue (in police enquiry)
LEAD IN RESORT MURDER CASE

Leak: unofficial publication of secret information
PM FURIOUS OVER TAX PLAN LEAKS

Leap: big increase
LEAP IN FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

Life: imprisonment for life
LIFE FOR SERIAL MURDERER

Loom: threaten to happen
VAT ON FOOD: NEW ROW LOOMS

 

Mar: spoil
VIOLENCE MARS CUP FINAL

Mission: delegation (official group sent to a conference etc)
UN MISSION ARRIVES TODAY

Mob: angry crowd
Mob: organized crime/Mafia
INFANT DIES: MOBS ATTACK HOSPITAL
MOB LEADERS HELD

Move: step towards a particular result (often political)
MOVE TO BOOST TRADE LINKS WITH CHINA

 

Nail: force somebody to admit the truth
CRIME BRANCH NAILS THE ACCUSED

 

Odds: chances, probability
MAYOR RE-ELECTED AGAINST THE ODDS

Opt (for) : choose
WALES OPTS FOR INDEPENDENCE

Oust: drive out, replace
DEMOCRATS OUSTED IN UNION ELECTIONS

Over: about; on the subject of, because of
ROW OVER VAT ON FOOD

 

Pact: agreement
DEFENCE PACT GETS CABINET NOD

Peak: high point
INFLATION HITS NEW PEAK

Peg: hold (prices etc) at present level
BANKS PEG INTEREST RATES

Plea: call for help
BIG RESPONSE TO PLEA FOR FLOOD AID

Press: the newspapers
BID TO GAG PRESS OVER DEFENCE SPENDING

Press for: ask for urgently
OPPOSITION PRESS FOR ENQUIRY ON DEFENCE SCAM

Pull out: withdraw
PAKISTAN PULLS OUT OF PEACE TALKS WITH INDIA

Push for: ask for, encourage
SCHOOLS PUSH FOR MORE CASH

 

Quit: resign, leave
OPPOSITION LEADER QUITS

 

Raid: enter and search
POLICE RAID DUCHESS’S FLAT

Rampage: riot
HOOLIGANS RAMPAGE THROUGH STREETS

Rap: criticize
DOCTORS RAP HEALTH MINISTRY PLANS

Riddle: mystery
MISSING TEENAGER RIDDLE: TWO MEN HELD

Rift: division, disagreement
LABOUR RIFT OVER DEFENCE POLICY

Rock: shock, shake
BANK SEX SCANDAL ROCKS THE CITY
JAPAN ROCKED BY QUAKE

Row: noisy disagreement, quarrel
NEW ROW OVER WAGE CUTS

Rule out: reject the possibility of
PM RULES OUT MIDTERM ELECTION

 

Sack: dismissal from job
STRIKING DOCTORS FACE SACK

Scare: public alarm, alarming rumour
BIRD FLU SCARE IN MIDDLE EAST

Scrap: throw out as useless
GOVERNMENT SCRAPS DEFENCE DEAL WITH ISRAEL

Seize: take especially in police and customs searches
SMUGGLED ARMS SEIZED AT AIRPORT

Set to: ready to; about to
PROPERTY PRIZES SET TO RISE

Slam: criticize violently
OPPOSITION SLAMS DEFENCE POLICY

Slash: cut, reduce drastically
GOVERNMENT TO SLASH HEALTH EXPENDITURE

Slump: fall (economic)
EXPORTERS FEAR NEW SLUMP

Spark: cause to start
REFEREE’S DECISION SPARKS RIOT

Spree: wild spending expenditure
BUS DRIVER SPENDS MILLIONS IN CREDIT-CARD SPREE

Stake: financial interest
GERMANS BUY STAKE IN BRITISH AIRWAYS

Storm out of: leave angrily
TRADE UNION LEADERS STORM OUT OF MEETING WITH MINISTER

 

Toll: number killed
QUAKE TOLL MAY RISE

 

Urge: encourage
ENVIRONMENTALISTS URGE GOVERNMENTS TO ACT ON POLLUTION

 

Vow: promise
EXILED PRESIDENT VOWS TO RETURN

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