How to Learn a New Language by Reading the Daily News
The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it. But when you don’t have a speaking partner or aren’t in the native country, then you have to come up with another idea.
How about practicing with real-world sentences in the vocabulary of everyday conversation? There are several ways to do that, but this unique language-learning web app teaches you with the help of the news — one sentence at a time, in short bursts.
Learn a Language by Reading the Daily News
WordBrewery scans newspapers and gives you the right sentences to learn from. In their own words, the news sentences are real, recent, and relevant.
The selected sentences have the most high-frequency words that take you towards mastery. WordBrewery says that the most common 2,500 words in any language make up 95 percent of daily vocabulary. You can test it out by picking one of the 19 languages offered.
To clarify, WordBrewery is a subscription service. But you get enough mileage from the Free Plan as you begin with 30 real sentences each month.
Here are some of the key features of WordBrewery:
- Choose the news topics you are interested in for the sentences.
- Real sentences are selected from news articles around the world.
- Grammar and vocabulary are studied in the context of the news event reported for the day.
- You can see the original news story from which a sentence was extracted for you.
- Don’t get a specific word? Click the word to see another example sentence with that word.
- Compare your translation with machine translations of sentences from both Google Translate and Microsoft Translator.
- Search WordBrewery’s sentence database for example words.
- See the word’s Wiktionary entry or Google search results.
- Track your word knowledge statistics — the number of words mastered and words encountered — based on how you interact with the words.
- Curate your word or sentence lists for further review
- Export word or sentence lists to .CSV files. You can import them into Anki, Memrise, Quizlet, or another flashcard program (this is for subscribers only)
WordBrewery starts you out with your skill level. The Free Plan allows you to complete up to 10 modules. This is sufficient for you to gauge your interest in the language and the knack for it.
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