Watching News

There are several Japanese news sites out there on the net. NKH3, FNN, and ANN are three news websites I use on a day-to-day basis in this order. The reason is that NHK3 is the most easy to understand, and to speak and read along, while the reporter speaks. The FNN reporters speak a little faster, but still in a speed it is rather easy to speak along, and get what they are saying, without having to look anything up if it is just for listening and watching. The most difficult of the three is by far ANN. Their reporters are speaking incredibly fast, and I can’t speak along and read along, until I have watched the same spot for three or four times. Here is a comparison between the three, so you can see which is easiest to understand, and which you can follow best.

NHK News ドコモ障害 サーバーの故障か
FNN News NTTドコモの携帯電話の一部で通信障害 原因は調査中
ANN News NTTドコモが自然エネルギー発電に本格参入へ

I always try to speak along as fast as I can, and as accurately and close to the source as possible, because this is native speed. All good and fine to be a little slower when talking about things, because I have to think before I speak, but the goal is to be able to speak at the speeds above. Nobody can expect it from me yet, but I do, and it should not take ages to get there. The nice thing with speaking is, it can be done while doing other things, like reading, and I guess even while writing, which is an interesting thought. Speaking and typing at the same time? Like dictating a message, and the time it takes to say something, should match the time it takes to type it. The faster I learn to speak without thinking too much, the faster I have to type, which certainly takes a good amount of practice. I really have to give this one a try.

One response to “Watching News

  1. just found this: http://www.njuku.com/, maybe it’s interesting for you?

    didn’t listen to (am in a meeting), and seems pretty intermediate, but you might want to share with less advanced readers, as it’s a nice format -text & audio, with key vocabulary for the short texts.

    maybe you’re right, and it’s worth jumping straight to more serious “media”, but this would be super frustrating for people reaching intermediate, as it lacks supporting material (at least the text for what is being said, so they can stop and analyze some bits/vocabulary in more detail)

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