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.

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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

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