If Surrey were Syria – level 3

03-09-2015 15:00

“In the last 24 hours, schools across the country have been forced to shut their doors…”

If Surrey were Syria…

“… as armed groups take over and the violence escalates…”

It’s the premise of a short film made by Save the Children in which the charity used hidden cameras to capture genuine responses of members of the public to simulated scenarios.

“I need someone to talk to, please, because this is not acceptable, we have no…”

Standard services were temporarily cut off, leaving residents under the illusion that they had no access to food, education or medical care.

“What is on these shelves is what we’ve got.”

“It’s someone’s life at risk.”
“I don’t want to lay my hands on you, mate.”

Surrey Police were on hand to safely manage this social experiment, ensuring no one was hurt. But the reality for the more than 4,000 refugees leaving Syria every day is far more complex.

Save the Children says money to assist the millions living in refugee camps is drying up and families face the stark choice of returning to a war zone or risking death as they’re smuggled into Europe.

“I need to be on a list?”

“To get milk, yeah, milk, bread and eggs.”

“Oh my god!”

The charity is using the film to pose an important question: “If we wouldn’t stand for this here, can we really stand by as it happens to millions of Syrian refugees?”

Difficult words: premise (the main idea), genuine (true), scenario (situation), temporarily (only for a period of time), resident (a person who resides – lives somewhere), ensure (to maintain), dry up (to run out), stark (difficult), smuggle (to move something  or someone abroad illegally).

Source: www.ondemandnews.com


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: 


  1. Read all today’s articles and translate all words which you don’t understand.
  2. Read the articles from the day before and see if you remember all new words.


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  3. Repeat point 2 for the news which you listened to the day before.


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