42 Newspapers

Listen to six people talk about what they check first in the newspaper.

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Mitchell, Hawaii
speakerI always tend to read the sports section first because I enjoy sports. I love doing sports. I get to check what athletes are doing well. Who's doing bad. What teams are doing good. What championships are being won. And since I'm from Hawaii, the Hawaii newspaper, I tends to read the Island Style section, where it keeps you updated on local news. New foods and products.

Anita, Taiwan
speakerWhat part of the newspaper do I read first? When I read the newspaper, the first thing I will read, about the cover sheet, and check up on what's the most important thing of the newspaper for the day, and after than I will check out the TV programs and some entertainment news, and of course I will check out the weather and the currency of each country as well.

Asako, Japan
speakerLet's see, I don't read the newspaper, therefore I can't answer this questions, however when I look at the Internet, the news site, I usually start with of course, the cover site, cover page, cover site and just look really fast and find out what's going on in the world.

Greg, The United States
speakerI start with the front page and then I start shifting throught he pages and towards the international news but if I by chance see the comics first I go to the comics. The comics always relax me.

Ruth, England
speakerWhich part do I read first? Well, let me start by telling you the part that I read last. I leave the sport until last because the sport for me is not really that interesting. It's a little bit pointless, so usually I begin with the front page, and I read the newspaper in order then when it gets to the sports page, I stop and I finished.

Simon, Canada
speakerWhen I read the newspaper, I usually read the sports section first. Sports is nice light reading, and you don't have to think too much and it's fun and then after sports finished, I get into the heavy stuff like world news and all that kind of Jazz.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

keeps you updated


It keeps you updated on local news.

When we are 'updated,' that means we have the latest information about something. Notice the following:

  1. My Blackberry keeps me updated on breaking news.
  2. Workshops keep Todd updated on the latest English teaching techniques.

check up on


I will read the cover and check up on what's the most important thing.

To 'check up on' is similar in meaning to the phrase 'keep updated' above. Notice the following:

  1. Let's check up on the progress of the project.
  2. I always read the front page of the paper to check up on what's happening in the world.

sifting through


I start sifting through the pages.

We 'sift through things' when we are looking for something specific, usually in a pile of similar things. Notice the following:

  1. He sifted through the files until he found the correct invoice.
  2. The ladies spent hours sifting through the sale bins.



I leave the sport until last because the sport is a little bit pointless.

Something that is 'pointless' is not necessary or a waste of our time. Notice the following:

  1. For me, reading gossip magazines is just pointless.
  2. Arguing about religion or politics is often pointless.

all that kind of jazz


I get into the heavy stuff like world news and all that kind of jazz.

We use the phrase 'all that kind of jazz' to talk about things similar to the main topic. Notice the following:

  1. I enjoy dramas about life, relationships; all that kind of jazz.
  2. My brother's a high tech geek. He loves computers, electronics; all that kind of jazz.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
updated • check up on • sifting
pointless • kind of jazz
  1. I just need to a few things and then I can give you my answer later today.
  2. She enjoys learning about bodies and diseases and all of that .
  3. It seems a little to exercise as much as you do if you are just going to smoke and eat junk food all the time.
  4. Please keep me on the plans for the weekend.
  5. We have been through these documents for hours and still haven't found anything.