Mixer #41 | Intermediate B1

How do you get your news?

Six people discuss how they get the news.

Alan, Canada
speakerHow do I get my news? Well, when I lived in Canada I got my news from primarily watching television and reading the newspaper. But since I moved over to Asia and started using computers more and more I find that I get my main source of news is the internet. Surfing the net for various news sites and the TV and newspaper become secondary sources for news.

Asako, Japan
speakerHow do I get my news? My news source would be usually the internet. Other than that we don't have a TV so I don't watch TV so sometimes when I drive actually I do listen to news.

Greg, The United States
speakerOK, so sometimes I watch CNN. Most of my news comes from different Internet news sources such as BBC or, I can't remember the names right now but different sites and I also read newspapers such as the Daily Yomiuri and the Japan times.

Lucinda, New Zealand
speakerThe only time in my life I've ever read newspapers is if a professor or teacher asks us to read and bring an article to school. I don't think I've ever voluntarily read a newspaper. That's quite embarassing but I prefer to watch TV, or listen to the radio to find out about news or things like that.

Martin, The Unites States
speakerI usually get my news in the morning off the Internet. I don't really watch TV so I don't watch a lot of that, but the other important way I get news is from the newspaper and my favorite magazine, The Economist, but I'd say the most important way is off the internet, reading a whole bunch of different newspapers on the Internet at once is a really great way to understand and see what's going on in the world.

Todd, The United States
speakerWell, because I live overseas I get almost all of my news from the Internet, but I do buy magazines, like Time magazine and Newsweek and read them a little bit and of course I buy, I get the paper sometimes, but actually, when I'm home in America I really like to watch network news. I like the old network news, you know the big TV station, and they have the 6 o'clock news. I don't know. I just like it.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



In Canada I got my news from primarily watching television.

The word 'primarily' has the same meaning as 'mainly'. The two words are interchangeable. Notice the following:

  1. elllo has many activities, but it's primarily a listening site.
  2. elllo has many activities, but it's mainly a listening site.

main source


My main source of news is the internet.

Our 'main source' is the source we use most often to get something we want. Notice the following:

  1. iTunes is now my main source for music.
  2. TV is still the main source of news for most Americans.

secondary sources


TV and newspaper's become secondary sources for news.

A 'secondary source' is our second choice of how best to to get information we want. Notice the following:

  1. The internet is a good secondary source for research, but I prefer the library.
  2. For medical advice, see a doctor. The internet is a poor secondary source.



I don't think I've ever voluntarily read a newspaper.

When we do something 'voluntarily' it means that we do it because we want to, not because we must. Notice the following:

  1. She voluntarily left her job at the IT company.
  2. Despite the protests, the President would not step down voluntarily.

what's going on


The Internet is a great way to see what's going on in the world.

The phrase 'What is going on?' is similar in meaning to 'What's happening?'. Notice the following:

1. Hey John, what's going on after class on Friday?
2. I heard a loud noise outside. I'm going to see what's going on.

Vocabulary Quiz

primarily • main source • secondary
voluntarily • going on
  1. My grandfather is in the hospital, but we don't know what's yet.
  2. If people don't do the surveys you aren't going to get honest information.
  3. He reads historical nonfiction.
  4. I do these interviews as sources, but I also do the experiments myself.
  5. Her of news comes from celebrity gossip magazines.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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