Blue moon – level 3
When someone says to you,” Yeah, once in a blue moon,” you know what they mean – rare, absurd, or pretty much never going to happen. Well, stop right there because this year it means the end of July!
For the second time this month, the moon is about to become full. There was one on the 2nd of July and now a second is coming on July 31st.
According to modern folklore, when there are two full moons in a month, the second one is blue. Most blue moons look pale grey and white just like the moon you see on any other night. Simply squeezing a second full moon into a calendar month doesn’t exactly change its colour.
Nevertheless, on rare occasions, the moon can turn blue. According to NASA, a truly blue moon usually requires a volcanic eruption. It says back in 1883, for example, people saw blue moons almost every night after the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa exploded. Some of the plumes of ash were apparently filled with particles that were one micron wide, about the same as the wavelength of red light.
Particles of this size strongly scatter red light whilst allowing blue light to pass through. Krakatoa’s clouds then acted like a blue filter. This was also the case with the number of other eruptions, and forest fires can do the same trick.
On the other hand, though, tomorrow’s moon could turn red. Often, when the moon is low, it looks red for the same reason that sunsets are red. NASA explains that the atmosphere is full of aerosols much smaller than the ones injected by volcanoes. These aerosols scatter blue light whilst leaving the red behind.
Difficult words: squeeze (to fit), plume (a cloud), micron (a very small measurement), wavelength (a measure of light or sound), scatter (to throw over a wide area), aerosol (a gas).
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.