These are short articles written with very simple vocabulary and are read out loud either at slow or normal speed. A cool feature of this site is “Shadowing”. The shadowing section breaks the story into a list of each sentence in the story so that you can listen to the story one sentence at a time. It’s also got settings to change the length of the pauses between sentences and allows you to have each sentence repeated however many times you want before going on to the next one. It even has a manual mode so you can hear a single sentence spoken out loud without it automatically proceeding to read out the next sentence. This is my favorite resource for beginners!
Learning with News
Here are some useful tips for learning a language with the news:
- Don’t overwhelm yourself with long news stories. Instead, read the news in bite-sized pieces.
- Focus on one story at a time, making sure you fully understand every aspect of the story and any new vocabulary.
- Look up any words that are new to you, and if you want to add them to your vocabulary, create flashcards for those word.