Shrine is destroyed – level 3
Sacrilegious, used by some to describe the target, as much a summary of the attackers. Islamic State militants have blown up two ancient shrines in Palmyra which they consider to be profane. This is a 2,000 year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Syria. It’s the first known report of the militants damaging the buildings in the city since they seized control of it in May.
“We don’t have access to the crime scene, so we cannot know precisely who did what. We’ve interviews, we’ve information, but our conclusion is that nobody respects, that no group respects the rules of engagement in hostilities.”
Investigators for the United Nations say both Syrian military and rebel groups including Islamic State have imposed sieges to devastating effect. This has displaced some 420,000 Syrians, depriving them of food and medicine and leading to malnutrition and starvation.
State militants are presumed to control large portions of Iraq and Syria. Before the militants took over Palmyra, hundreds of statues were removed from the city to safe locations.
The militants continue in their attempts to erase history. Only then will the violence nightmare of fighting become their dream of creating a veritable Islamic State.
Difficult words: sacrilegious (committing sacrilege violation of something sacred – godly), shrine (a holy place), profane (not holy), seize (to take hold of), precisely (exactly), rules of engagement (agreed rules of how to fight), hostilities (acts of warfare), impose (to put into place), siege (a military operation), displace (to force somebody to leave), deprive (to deny), malnutrition (lack of nutrition – food), starvation (suffering caused by hunger), attempt to (try), veritable (true).
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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.
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