Man can see again – level 3
A blind man from Minnesota has been able to see for the first time in 10 years after doctors gave him a device they describe as a bionic eye. This emotional video shows the moment Allen Zderad saw his wife for the first time in a decade.
The 68-year-old began losing his sight around twenty years ago because of a degenerative and incurable eye disease. By 2005, he’d lost almost all of his vision and had to stop working.
“Yes! It’s an interpretation of the shape, of the light that’s flashing!”
But now Mr Zderad is able to see again thanks to this groundbreaking procedure performed by surgeons at the Mayo Clinic.
“It’s the flash and then I’ve got to be able to interpret the changes in that shape.”
“That’s exactly right!”
“Alright, let’s do it again.”
With the help of the bionic eye, he can now make out shapes in human forms, including his own reflection in the window. Mr Zderad was fitted with a second sight implant which bypasses the damaged retina and sends light wave signals to the optic nerve. He’d also had an electronic chip embedded in his right eye which works in conjunction with the prosthetic device set in a pair of special glasses.
“Well, it’s gonna take a lot of training!”
Difficult words: bionic (electronic), decade (10 years), degenerative (to get worse and worse), incurable (not able to be cured or healed), interpretation (understanding what something means), groundbreaking (new and great), flash (a bright light which shines for a short time), bypass (to go around a problem), retina (a part of the eye), embed (to put something somewhere), in conjunction (together), prosthetic device (something which doctors give you to replace your original body part).
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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.
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