Some of you are not yet ready to follow a series in English with English subtitles, or to read articles in a global newspaper. Perhaps the dialogue goes too fast or the vocabulary is too daunting. If series and newspapers are too hard, don't force yourself. With VOA Learning English you can listen to articles and stories read out loud a bit more slowly, and you can follow along with the text. Choose from a wide variety of topics including current events, general interest and short stories.
VOA news articles are typically 5-7 minutes long. I suggest you start with intermediate level. Click on the button to listen to the text out loud, and read along. Check out the vocabulary words at the end and the quiz if there is one. If you want to know more about the subject, read a related article suggested on the top right. If the pace of the reading at intermediate level goes too slow, move up to advanced. Try one article a day for a month – 5-6 minutes a day – and you are sure to see a difference. Persevere for at least one month – trust me.
One of my students prefers to avoid the news, so on VOA he goes right to American Stories. These are typically 12-15 minutes long and highly entertaining. There are so many fabulous American authors to explore here, including Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kate Chopin, O. Henry, Edgar Allen Poe and many more. Hopefully you'll be so intrigued by the stories you won't even notice you are improving your English. Let me know which ones you like.
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