Voice of America Learning English Video Example

Here is a video from the Voice of America (VOA) Learning English website I mentioned in a previous post.  It’s about South Africa welcoming the Chinese language into schools.  The nice thing about the video is that it is spoken in slower English and there are subtitles in English of what is being said.  Cool!  I think the NHK News Web Easy website is similar to this, but it is only audio.  It would be nice if they had news segment videos read in slower Japanese with Japanese subtitles.

Credit for the video to learningenglish.voanews.com

More videos can be found on their YouTube site:

https://www.youtube.com/user/VOALearningEnglish

Voice of America Learning English Website

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For those learning English this website looks very useful and geared toward people learning English.  It’s from the Voice of America and has articles as well as audio in more slowly spoken English. I used to listen to the Voice of America on shortwave a lot, and they used to have a news broadcast in “slow” English. Maybe they still broadcast it now as well.

http://learningenglish.voanews.com

Here is some information about the website taken from the link above.

“What is Learning English?

Launched in 1959, Learning English is VOA’s multimedia source of daily news and information for millions of English learners worldwide. Audio programs and captioned videos are written using vocabulary at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English. Online texts, MP3s and podcasts let people read, listen and learn American English and much more.

Some language teaching methods are dull and disconnected from real life. People soon forget what they learn, or focus on words and phrases without context. Learning English maintains a loyal following among learners, teachers and educational publishers worldwide by using journalism to engage people’s interests. Learners absorb American English through content drawn from world news, business, science, U.S. life, popular culture and other topics. People build their vocabulary, strengthen their speaking skills and improve their ability to communicate for work, school and everyday life.

Learning English texts, MP3s and videos are in the public domain. You are allowed to reprint them for educational and commercial purposes, with credit to learningenglish.voanews.com. VOA photos are also in the public domain. However, photos and video images from news agencies such as AP and Reuters are copyrighted, so you are not allowed to republish them.

High-resolution audio and video files can be downloaded for free through VOA Direct, an online service providing original multimedia content from Voice of America for publication across all platforms: online, mobile, print and broadcast. Access to VOA Direct requires user registration. If you have any questions about our policies, or to let us know that you plan to use our materials, write to learningenglish@voanews.com.

Learning English programs are also broadcast on radio and satellite TV and posted at youtube.com/voalearningenglish, facebook.com/voalearningenglish and twitter.com/voalearnenglish.”

Kodomo News Weekly

Here is a neat site to practice reading Japanese. The Yomiuri Shinbun has a “Kodomo news weekly” (KODOMOニュースウイークル) article that comes out every Wednesday on a current news topic. There is also furigana for the kanji that are used in the article. See the link below to the October 1, 2014 article on the Dengue fever outbreak in Japan.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kodomo/newspaper/weekly/20140920-OYT8T50079.html?from=yartcl_blist

Here is a list of past articles

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kodomo/newspaper/weekly/

Gimmeaflakeman Japanese News Lesson

If you’ve been studying Japanese for a while or just interested in the culture you may have stumbled upon a YouTube channel by an American living in Japan with the channel name “Gimmeaflakeman“. He posts some interesting videos you should check out.

Recently he has been doing Japanese lessons by breaking down Japanese news clips. Japanese news is one method I’ve mentioned on this blog as a good tool in learning Japanese, and was really glad to see these videos.

Here he is going through an ANN News clip

http://youtu.be/EK2d4265nxc