2,000 pigeons with lights – level 3
Like a thousand shooting stars – it’s a city already known for its bright lights. Now New York’s been lit up by pigeons.
Yeah, they’re not normally known for their beauty and some New Yorkers call them “rats with wings”, but artist Duke Riley’s tried to change people’s opinions with his Fly By Night project.
“As people move into the city that I’m from the city and I’m familiar with some of these traditions, sometimes they have, you know, they’re not aware of it and, you know, and ignorant.”
The pigeons are all specially trained and spent 30 minutes circling the skies above their temporary home, which is a decommissioned US navy ship, currently sat in the Brooklyn navy yard, and they were truly involved in the project.
“I think it’s a collaborative project between me and the pigeons and, you know, you can ask them what their opinion is on and I don’t want to speak for them exactly. Whether it’s, you know, performance or, you know, some type of a, maybe it’s just a drawing that they’re doing in the sky, you know.”
Crowds did turn up to see the first of the displays – these pigeons will be taking to the skies every weekend evening until June 12th.
“As a bystander of many pigeons in my life, I like to see them so illuminated and trained.”
“It’s really an incredible spectacle.”
With 2,000 birds flying in such a tight space, there were some fears people would walk away with a so-called “good luck charm” on their shoulder.
“You know, most animals don’t really, you know, including humans, usually don’t like to defecate while they’re exercising, they usually try to do when they’re relaxed and sitting down, you know.”
Apparently, one or two people left with evidence that suggests that’s not always the case.
Difficult words: decommissioned (not being used), collaborative (working together), defecate (to poop).
LEARN 3000 WORDS with NEWS IN LEVELS
If you read and listen to two articles every day, your reading and listening skills can improve fast. You can learn quickly and after some time you will not have to translate into your own language. You will simply understand. Why should you do this?
When you listen to people in your native language, you do not translate. You simply understand. The same has to be in English. When you learn English, you have to learn the whole sentences in context.
Students, who translate English texts, do exercises and do tests are very good at translating, doing exercises and doing tests, but they have problems with understanding English in real life. In real life, nobody waits for your translation. People usually use simple English when they speak but they use it fast. You have to understand with no translation to your native language. If you translate, you cannot be part of communication because you are thinking about the language too much. These words are maybe hard to read but they are true.
You also have to hear every new word 5 to 10 times if you want to remember it. That’s why we use the same words in one level. If you read and hear the same words again and again, you will understand them and remember them. If you know words from one level, you can go to a higher level and learn new words. It is important to go step by step, and read and listen to words which are used in English often. This is what we do with our news. In our short news, we use words which are used in English often. Level 1 has the 1000 most important words. Level 2 has the 2000 most important words, Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.
So, if you want to understand English fast and learn fast, read two articles or more a day. You can improve your reading and listening quickly when you read easy English news. We will help you learn English fast and understand it. When you use this website every day, you can learn 3000 words which you need for communication with anybody in English.
How to improve your English with News in Levels:
- Read all today’s articles and translate all words which you don’t understand.
- Read the articles from the day before and see if you remember all new words.
- Listen to all today’s news.
- Stop the video after every sentence and repeat the sentence.
- Repeat point 2 for the news which you listened to the day before.
- Answer the questions under today’s news and write them into the comments.
- Chat in our Facebook Group for at least 2 minutes. You can write about today’s news.