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Learning English with Behind the News @ ABC

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As an immigrant from non-English background country, living in an English speaking country including Australia is pretty challenging. Everyday can be regarded as a situation in a battlefield. However, the choice to live in the country with languages other than my mother tongue is solely made by myself. So immigrants have to adapt themselves to the environment as soon as possible with being fluent in English.

There is a good reference to learn English, called “Behind the News” http://www.abc.net.au/btn. This is a TV show for primary school kids that introduces what are currently happening in Australia and all over the world. Basically, this show extracts briefs from the TV news and modifies them for kids. Therefore, TV presenters uses clear words to understand and topics are all well known to everybody.

This is the reason why I recommend to watch BTN. It also provides transcripts for schools so that anyone interested can easily download and use them while watching the show.

Of course, there are many similar ways to learn English like watching movies or TV soaps. BTN is another type of approach, I admit. However, the benefit of watching BTN is that it deals with current affairs happening in Australia, which can be easily found at newspapers, TV news and even conversations between peers. So, while watching the show, topics are easily understandable.

What are you waiting for? Try it now. Go to http://www.abc.net.au/btn and have a try.

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Written by Justin Yoo

16/03/2012 at 08:00

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