Day’s not complete without the paper
In celebration of The Star’s 45th birthday last Friday, a reader sent us this lovely present of appreciation.
I STARTED reading The Star when I entered secondary school. Every morning, I would read the paper with a dictionary at hand. I expanded my vocabulary, increased my reading skills and even my reading speed. Reading the papers also helped me in my exams as there were questions about current affairs.
While doing my diploma in sports management, The Star helped me when I had to write an article for my sport journalism class and also when I was doing sport photography – the photos in the paper are usually eye- catching and inspiring.
I would like to say in particular, in this rapidly changing era of information technology, that newspapers still reign supreme with me when it comes to reporting the news and offering educational material. In terms of the newspaper’s role as a tool for education, the role of English language dailies cannot be overemphasised in this global village where English dominates, especially on the Internet, which it has conquered. In fact, for those who do not understand English very well, the Internet is not a sea of information, but simply a confusing maze.
Alas, so many people are missing the opportunity to improve their English proficiency at a very low cost simply by buying a newspaper.
I tell my friends and classmates who want to increase their English proficiency: “You can learn from English papers such as The Star newspaper.” You have to read an English newspaper every day, even if it’s only the headlines you have time for.
I also tell them, “You have such a nice smartphone. You can read The Star Online anywhere, you can download it as an app.”
Some of my friends complain that the paper is too difficult to understand, that it is beyond their ability. Well, I just say, “If you want to do it, then do it right now and do not give up halfway through. It is never too late to do something. And the sooner you get started, the better”.
Reading The Star is my daily routine now. Sometimes, the news seems like an endless cycle of the same thing, happening over and over again. However, if you know how to look, you can find human interest stories that are inspiring too. I love stories about people who have triumphed over diversity.
My day just seems incomplete if I don’t get hold of the early morning newspaper! P. Kogillavany Via e- mail