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 Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, and here is a look at some of the stories happening around the world this week.
After more than 30 years of service as Japan’s reigning monarch, Emperor Akihito formally abdicated his imperial throne today in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In front of about 300 people, Akihito wished Japan and the world peace and happiness in his final speech as Emperor. Beginning tomorrow, Akihito’s son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will become the new Emperor of Japan and usher in a new era in the Japanese calendar.
A new law that came into effect in France late last year that allows law enforcement officers to issue immediate fines for sexual harassment has already resulted in almost 450 such fines being handed out to people caught committing harassment in public. The law allows for fines of up to 750 euros to be issued on the spot to violators.
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is continuing to refuse to accept responsibility for two catastrophic crashes of it’s new 737-Max 8 jetliner. Speaking to the company’s investors as well as international media that had gathered the event, the company’s CEO denied that the aircraft’s safety system had failed in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March and a Lion Air flight late last year.
China’s president, Xi Jingping, has announced more than 64 billion dollars worth of deals and contracts as a result of the country’s second annual Belt and Road Forum, which aims to strengthen economic ties with countries around the world. This now puts the total value of deals and projects falling under the initiative at more than 3.5 trillion dollars.
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!