Tristan da Cunha – level 3
Tristan da Cunha is a British overseas territory, and is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, which is roughly hallway between Cape Town and Montevideo.
Its 265 residents are currently seeking a farmer who could help them increase their food production and make them less reliant on imports, so if you happen to know something about tending livestock and crop rotation, the job offer could be for you. However, as one agricultural adviser, who did the job a few years ago, said that the agriculture can be summed up to cattle and sheep on 1,500 acres of grassland, and a small area with potatoes.
Tristan da Cunha hit the headlines in the early sixties when a volcano forced its inhabitants to evacuate, first to South Africa 1,500 miles away and then on to England. Upon returning, not all of them seemed happy to continue living on the most remote inhabited island on Earth.
One man who shared his feelings in 1965 said that if people had voted, around three quarters would have stayed in England. However, the man’s cousin maintains that it is the dream place to live and work, as it is very pristine, there is no crime, and anyone who comes there for a short-term contract enjoys it so much that he or she says that he or she would like to come back.
Difficult words: resident (a person who resides – lives somewhere), reliant (dependent on), agricultural (farming), inhabitant (a person who inhabits a place – lives there), maintain (to argue), pristine (clean).
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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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- Read all today’s articles and translate all words which you don’t understand.
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