Internet for refugees – level 3
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to help bring the Internet to UN refugee camps today. He spoke at the United Nations Private Sector Forum. He joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U2 frontman Bono in addressing the crowd. The forum, part of the Global Compact initiative, focuses on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
Zuckerberg said that Internet connectivity was a human right.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that Facebook is partnering with the One Campaign, other organisations, leaders and public figures all over the world, to launch a global campaign to support a connectivity declaration. The declaration recognises Internet access as an important enabler of human rights.”
He also said his company would be partnering with the UN to support the millions of refugees escaping war and poverty and gain online connectivity.
“We’ll be working with UNHCR to bring the Internet to refugee camps. Connectivity will help refugees better access support from the aid community and maintain their links to family and loved ones, and Facebook is in a unique position to help maintain this life-line.”
Mr Zuckerberg says that Facebook has nearly achieved a billion users in a single day for the first time last month. He has predicted that the site’s reach will continue to grow.
Difficult words: announce (to say something officially), initiative (a plan to do something), implement (to make changes), sustainable (able to continue for a long time), development (growth), declaration (an important official statement), UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).
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.