Which news do you watch on TV or listen to on the radio?
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It’s a question that has recently come up in our household. I was getting sick of the “popular” news channels – some of the most ridiculous stories were being touted as headlines. So we switched to watching a more traditional news channel. I was amazed at how many more stories there were about global issues, or issues in other countries, that were not making the mainstream discussions.
If you want to broaden your world knowledge or your horizons, I strongly recommend you look into several different news channels – even reading online news from news channels in other countries will soon give you different viewpoints. You’ll quickly discover that “facts” and “objective” stories can be quite different, depending on the country, culture and source of the news.
I honestly think it is one of the best ways to stay informed and to stay aware of current cultural communication clash-points.
ps. If you’re really keen, try reading news in whichever language you’re trying to learn too!