Mercury in the sky – level 3

12-05-2016 07:00

This may just look like another sun spot or solar flare but it is, in fact, something much more rare. This dark circle, moving across the sun, is the planet Mercury.

The planet passes directly between Earth and the sun about 13 times every century. The last time this happened was 10 years ago in 2006 and the next time will be on November 11th ,2019.

So who could see this rare phenomenon? This year’s transit was visible for most of the earth, including the Americas, Europe, Africa and much of Asia. And this isn’t a “blink or you’ll miss it” phenomenon, the transition lasted 7 hours.

Experts warned those looking for the planet to be careful. Mercury’s black disc only covered a tiny proportion of the sun and looking at the sun with unprotected eyes can be very dangerous. But those with the right equipment enjoyed this rare event, and those who didn’t will have to wait at least another three years.

Difficult words: solar flare (a brief eruption of intense high-energy radiation), phenomenon (something which happens in nature), disc (a thin circle).



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: 


  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 questions under today’s news and write them in the comments.
  2. Chat in our Facebook Group for 2 minutes. You can write about today’s news.


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