How to understand the English news (an overview)

Scrolling down the BBC news app on your mobile, watching the CNN news on TV or even reading an English language newspaper is no easy task, and you can be forgiven for thinking why on earth they use such difficult English.

In my newest video, I uncover the secrets of headline and newspaper English and walk you through the screenshot from the BBC website a few days ago to help you understand some of the news items. Enjoy

I’ve included below the 10 items of vocabulary, which are highlighted in the screenshot and the link to the accompanying Quizlet flashcard set – just copy what you want!

  1. Vaccine = a substance that is put into the blood that protects the body from disease.  “There is no vaccine against HIV infection” = Impstoff
  2. to appear = (here) to give the impression of being or doing something like “to seem” The new vaccine appears to work according to research” = erscheinen
  3. to suggest = (here) to an idea in somebody’s mind to make someone think that something is true like “to indicate”. “Recent studies suggest the possibility of a cure for the disease” = hindeuten
  4. to approve = (here) to say that something is good enough to be used or is correct. “This medicine is not approved for use in children” = zulassen
  5. to overturn = to officially decide that a legal decision, etc. is not correct, and to make it no longer legally recognized. (to overturn a decision/a conviction/a verdict/a ban) “His sentence was overturned by the appeal court” = aufheben
  6. to scrap = to cancel or get rid of something that is no longer practical or useful. “They are forced to scrap the plans to build a new motorway near the nature reserve” = abschaffen
  7. to condemn = to say very strongly that you think something is bad usually for moral reasons I did.“The government issued a statement condemning the killings”.= verurteilen
  8. Riot = a situation in which a group of people behave violently in a public place, often as a protest.“One prison guard was killed when a riot broke out in the jail” = Ausschreitung
  9. Curfew = A law that says that people must not go outside after a particular time at night until the morning; the time after which nobody must go outside. “The army imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.” = Ausgangsperre
  10. To deny = to say that something is not true. (to deny an allegation / an accusation) “The company strongly denies wrongdoing”. = etw bestreiten

according to (gemaß), research (Forschung), to indicate (hindeuten), cure (Heilung), decision (Entscheidung), conviction (Verurteilung), verdict (Urteil), sentence (Verurteilung/Strafe), appeal court (Berufungsgericht), to get rid of sth (etw abschaffen), I dto issue a statement (eine Erklärung abgeben), to impose sth (anordnen), to deny an accusation / allegation (eine Tatsache leugnen), wrongdoing (Fehlverhalten)

I hope you’ll enjoy discovering the secrets of English news and watch this space for future ‘In the news’ blogs and vlogs.

Have a great weekend

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