News in Slow English
Easy Native English Language Listening Practice Using a Selection of the Latest Global News Features
欢迎来到“News in Slow English”，这是一个语言教育播客，通过它您可以练习慢速听力和了解正宗的美式英语，同时学习本周最引人入胜的新闻动态和全球特色。
Welcome to “News in Slow English,” an educational language podcast through which you can practice slowly listening to and understanding real American English while at the same time learning about some of the week’s most fascinating news developments and global features.
Today is Monday, February 25th, 2019, and here is a look at some of the stories happening around the world this week.
The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, also known as the Oscars, took place in Hollywood over the weekend. It featured performances by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Hudson, Queen, and Adam Lambert. The biggest winner at this year’s awards ceremony was the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which collected a total of four Oscars. Black Panther, Green Book, and Roma also had great nights at the awards, with each of these winning three awards.
Virgin Galactic, the private space flight company started by the ambitious British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has conducted another successful test of its rocket-powered airplane. The aircraft, which it has named Unity, flew nearly 90 kilometers above the surface of the earth before returning and safely landing. In the future, Virgin Galactic plans to take passengers into space on regular flights.
The Chinese telecommunications and electronics company Huawei has unveiled a new smartphone that folds. The new device, called the Mate X, offers 5G service and appears to also double as a tablet. It was only a few days ago that rival company Samsung also released a foldable smartphone. Both devices are priced at over 2,000 US Dollars.
According to a new report from the United Nations, more than 3,800 civilians were killed last year in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. This number represents a record for the number of civilian deaths in any single year for Afghanistan. More than 7,000 others were also injured in fighting within the country.
An enormous tortoise of a species previously believed to be extinct has been found and identified in the Galapagos Islands. The last time this particular species of tortoise was seen was more than a century ago in 1906. The Galapagos Islands, located in the eastern Pacific Ocean and belonging to the South American nation of Ecuador, are famous for their unique biological diversity that has resulted from the islands’ natural isolation. The Galapagos are also the place where the British scientist Charles Darwin conducted many of his studies and observations that led to his famous Theory of Evolution.
Thank you for subscribing and listening to “News in Slow English.” You can find the full text of this podcast by going to the website www.slowenglish.net. We’ll see you again next week with another opportunity for you to practice your American English language understanding with current and interesting topics. Have a great week!
感谢您订阅和收听“News in Slow English”。你可以通过www.slowenglish.net找到本播客的全文。下周再见，我们将为您提供另一个机会，让您通过时下和有趣的话题来练习美式英语理解能力。祝您一周愉快!