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Slow News with Sigrid
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Sigrid brings you the news in plain, slow, simple English, with her show, "YABLA Reports." Great for beginners.

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Showing 1-30 of 30 Totaling 2 hours 12 minutes

Slow News with Sigrid - Water on Mars, the Oscars, and more

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Sigrid presents a range of topics currently in the news, including Covid-19, the crisis at the Mexican border, spring break, water on Mars, and the Oscars.

Slow News with Sigrid - Ingenuity Makes History on Mars

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

History was made on Mars when the small robotic helicopter called "Ingenuity" took its first flight from the surface of the Red Planet.

Slow News with Sigrid - News from the Animal Kingdom

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

This Yabla news broadcast features stories about two different kinds of animals, one enormous and one tiny. Sometimes we can predict how animals will behave, and sometimes not.

Slow News with Sigrid - The 2020 Olympics

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Yabla brings you a special report about the 2020 Olympics, which are still scheduled to happen in Tokyo this summer. But can they really still go forward under the current circumstances?

Slow News with Sigrid - A New Holiday for Americans - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

It's rare to establish a new holiday, but this year it happened: Juneteenth is now officially observed in the United States. What is Juneteenth and what does is commemorate? Learn about it in this video.

Slow News with Sigrid - A New Holiday for Americans - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Freedom for the slaves should have come in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation, but it wasn't actually abolished until 1865.

Slow News with Sigrid - Spelling Competition and Chicago's climate trouble

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Aimed at learners, Sigrid's slow news covers the United States national spelling bee and some climate change concerns in the Chicago area.

Slow News with Sigrid - Pregnant Orcas

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

USA

In the Pacific Northwest, three orcas are pregnant. How do we know that and why is it important?

Slow News with Sigrid - Ida hits New York City

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

USA

Hurricane Ida was a very powerful hurricane that took New York City by surprise in 2021. Hurricanes are extreme tropical storms that can make their way north and do lots of damage to the coastal areas of North America.

Slow News with Sigrid - October commemorations in the U.S.

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

In addition to Columbus Day, two new October commemorative holidays were signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Slow News with Sigrid - Pizza: the dollar slice

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

We tend to associate pizza with Italian culture, but it actually has a long history in the United States. However, its reputation as a cheap meal option may be changing.

Slow News with Sigrid - Bike Share in NYC

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

In cities like New York, bike sharing has become more and more popular, and indeed, NYC has the largest bike share network in the country. What are the advantages of bike sharing?

Slow News with Sigrid - Alternative transportation

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

USA

There are plenty of ways to get around a city. How do you like to get around? This video focuses on getting around on a bike, and is intended for beginners.

Slow News with Sigrid - Lunar soil, NATO, and Eurovision

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Here is some news about lunar soil, NATO membership, and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Slow News with Sigrid - Second Amendment in Crisis - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution has to do with the right to bear arms. Whether there should be restrictions or not is a current point of contention between Republicans and Democrats.

Slow News with Sigrid - Second Amendment in Crisis - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

There has been a lot of attention on the second amendment and on gun safety. This is because there have been so many mass shootings in the United States, and in fact, two very big ones happened just a week apart. As Sigrid states, this is a very upsetting topic.

Slow News with Sigrid - Second Amendment in Crisis - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Following the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, people spoke out. One of these people was a famous actor who went to Washington to give a speech.

Slow News with Sigrid - Second Amendment in Crisis - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA Northeast Texas

Pressure from celebrities in combination with organized peaceful protests and marches can sometimes work to effectuate change. It's always worth a try when the cause is just.

Slow News with Sigrid - Sweeping Biden Pardon

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

One thing President Biden hopes to accomplish during his term in office is to pardon federal, non-violent offenders who have been convicted of possessing marijuana. Since the time many of these offenders were convicted and served their sentences, laws have changed, decriminalizing possession of marijuana in many states. This pardon hopes to right a wrong, although most offenders were convicted on a state level, where the President has no pardon power.

Slow News with Sigrid - Wild Horses - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

The first part of this newscast provides some background information about wild horses in the United States. The population keeps growing, but is that a good thing or a bad thing? It depends on your point of view.

Slow News with Sigrid - Wild Horses - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

This story made the news because it is rather unusual and horse lovers will especially appreciate how important the story was for the protagonists. At the same time, the background story illustrates a problem in the western states of the US that has no easy solution.

Slow News with Sigrid - Climate Change and the Mississippi River - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

The Mississippi River is one of the most important rivers in the world, but because of climate change, it is drying up at the moment, and that means trouble.

Slow News with Sigrid - Climate Change and the Mississippi River - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

What happens when an important river like the Mississippi starts drying up because of lack of rain? We find out in this segment.

Slow News with Sigrid - Word of the Year

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

This is a special report about 2022's word of the year, which is "gaslighting." As with many new words, or old words with new usage, this word of the year has an interesting story. Sigrid fills us in.

Slow News with Sigrid - A Speech Goes Viral - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

USA

When the U.S. Congress convened in January 2023, the gavel that had been held by the Democrats had to be handed over to the Republicans. This task fell to Hakeem Jeffries, who first gave a speech and had some fun with it, which is why we'd like to share it with you. But first a little background information.

Slow News with Sigrid - A Speech Goes Viral - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA New York

Sigrid focuses on three topics that Hakeem Jeffries discussed in his speech, and how he had fun with words while getting his point across. She explains some of the terms you might not be familiar with and presents the first segment of the speech.

Slow News with Sigrid - A Speech Goes Viral - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

USA New York

In the last part of Jeffries' speech, he goes through the letters of the alphabet with pairs of words (with rather opposing qualities) in order to describe some principles of the Democratic Party. The speech is affectionately known as the ABCs of Democracy.

Slow News with Sigrid - A Tale of 2 Rivers

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

USA

Both the Mississippi River and the Colorado River have a huge impact on the lives of millions of Americans. While there have been severe droughts leading to a lack of drinking water, there have also been floods because of quickly melting snow.

Slow News with Sigrid - Wildfires, Justices, and Old Age

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

It's been a stormy and fiery year in the United States, both weather-wise and in the government.

Slow News with Sigrid - Heating our homes

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

What's the difference between "clean" and "dirty" energy? Sigrid reports on different kinds of energy and discusses trends in heating our homes.

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