Why You Should Listen To The News In A New Language

When learning a new language, it is important to consume as much of that language as possible, in order to help your ears and brain adjust to hearing that language spoken. Outside of actual conversations, one of the best ways to do this is by listening to the news.

Easy to find

First, obviously, when it comes to materials in your target language, nothing is easier to find. Even if you don't live in a country that speaks the language there is often a good chance that television channels are available in that language by broadcast, cable, or satellite.

And whether or not there are channels available on television, there might be radio channels available. 

But even if there are no television channels available in the language, there are still many other options. If there is any community of people in your area who speak that language, there is a good chance that radio stations exist.    

Regional news companies often offer streaming video and audio on their web sites. Larger news companies, like BBC or CNN, offer newscasts in several languages, including streaming audio and video, and podcasts.

Hidden benefits

It should be said that newscasters talk fast. Very fast. When you are first learning a new language, you might be surprised to find that you can't understand a single word simply because they come at you so fast.

But this is actually a good thing, because they also speak clearly. Listening to newscasters is a great way for a learner to open their ears to the high-speed of natural conversation... Because eventually you're going to encounter chatty people who talk very fast, but using colloquial annunciation and slang words. It's nice to ease into that with the clear, but fast, talk of newscasters.

Another hidden benefit is the chance to get a different perspective. News in a foreign language comes from a speaker of that language, so there is already some cultural influence on the reporting. 

There is also a good chance that the news is coming from another country in another part of the world. This is particularly interesting with regard to world news, because you get a chance to see how other people see things.

Particularly for those of us here in the US, where our news is all reported through corporate political filters, that outside perspective is invaluable.

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