Robots in our lives – level 3
Offering a helping hand, robots have become a permanent and inescapable reality of 21st century living, and they’re about to be even more present.
“We’re probably a few years away from having very serious robotics in our lives. The first thing is going to be self-driving cars and then hopefully in the next 20 or 30 years we’ll start to see serious humanoid robots in our homes, doing all the sort of things that we imagine from science fiction.”
We’ve long been intrigued by robots. Standing 9-foot-tall, Cygan was a celebrity robot of the fifties, able to crush cans in his hand, but now he’s the centrepiece of plans for a new Science Museum exhibition in London, charting our fascination and fear of robots back to this model from the 16th century.
“There’s always that slight, you know, cloud on the horizon – they’re wonderful, they’re wonderful but we’re quite scared of them. That’s natural, that’s human. On the basis of 500 years of history, it’s generally robots have tended to be used for people want them to do. The chances of them turning into this terrifying thing that enslaves us all, I think the chance of that is actually quite slim.”
Our interest in robots may be rooted in the past, but the mystery behind what they’re capable of continues to intrigue and may very well change the shape of our future.
Difficult words: permanent (lasting for a long time), intrigued by (interested in), chart (to show the progress of something), cloud on the horizon (a negative thing), tend (to be likely to do something).
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.