Basquiat and Banksy – level 1

22-09-2017 07:00

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American street artist. He has an exhibition in London. It opens on Wednesday 20th at an arts centre.

Banksy is an English graffiti artist. He makes two new murals near the arts centre.

One mural shows Basquiat. Two police officers are searching him. An art critic talks about the mural. The mural shows that it is still difficult to be a black person on the streets.

Difficult words: was (past of ‘be’), exhibition (an art show), mural (a painting on a wall), search (look for something on you).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What do you think about this news?


News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions

How to improve your English with News in Levels: 


  1. Do the test at Test Languages.
  2. Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.


  1. Read two news articles every day.
  2. Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
  2. Listen to the news from today without reading the text.


  1. Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.


  1. Choose one person from the Skype section.
  2. Talk with this person. You can answer questions from Speak in Levels.


Stock images by Depositphotos