149．I can read newspaper articles quickly, but don’t really understand them and feel confused.
We rarely read newspaper articles intensively, word by word, as if our lives depend on it. We tend to skim and skip from one piece to the next, snatching what we can. We do this when we’re reading newspapers in our own language and we can sometimes get away with it. Even in our own language, we have to read carefully if we want to understand a piece fully and remember what it’s about. Try some of the following techniques:
1) Don’t attempt to read a whole newspaper in English. Choose a single article which might really interest you and read it carefully.
2) Slow down. There’s no need to read something ‘quickly’. No one’s chasing you. Read at a speed that’s comfortable for you.
3) When reading, bear in mind the general theme of the article as a whole. Read the piece paragraph b