Almost all the English newspapers I have read, or saying it more correctly tried to read, use very difficult vocabulary and structure. I know a newspaper has to be formal. But it can be formal without using any difficult vocabulary and structure. It is addressed to the general public, not to some linguists. I believe even some English natives also have to use a dictionary while reading a newspaper. This problem seems to exist with all the newspapers not specifically with English ones. Whenever I came across with any local newspaper, it was full of weird words which I had never encountered before. Perhaps, those authors try to boast of their knowledge by using hideous vocabulary and kinky writing style.
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Hmm... strange topic.
I meet some difficult words whenever I read a Polish newspaper. There are some words I am not familiar with, but it is always very easy to find the meaning out from the context.
I do not think a native English speaker has to use a dictionary while reading a newspaper...
People who learn English know 4000 words, for example - and it is believed the person to know 4000 words is 'advanced'.
Try guessing how many words are there in English... So how do you expect to know every single word while reading a newspaper ? Emotion: stick out tongue


PS: please fix my mistakes above... will be grateful.Thanks.
in Italian, I understand from the context. In English, I just don't understand, LOL.
The more vocabulary you know, the less trouble you have reading. But learning vocabulary takes a lot of time, it takes years. First you learn basic words, like "metal". Then you go on learning other words, like "copper". The last step is learning words like "nitrogen". It takes a lot of time, yeah...

Some articles are easier to read than others. In some articles there are words that native speakers hardly ever use in any occasion. I might be mistaken, but I once cheked out the New York Times, and it seemed to me they used "weird English" (= I didn't understand a single word, lol). But as an example of something much better, I find that The Los Angeles Times uses a very good English.

So it depends what you read. Technical stuff is full of difficult words, but most of them come from Latin, so I can guess the meaning most times. The problem is the pronunciation and the stress are completely different, so I always have trouble remembering the correct pronunciation (which is one of my major problems).

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it is just the form. there exist one standard that differs newspapers from other texts. or why do you think poems are different than prose texts? why do they use so many kinds of imagery etc and consist of lines instead of running to the edge of the page?
there are differences in all kinds of writing, and although it´s often hard to make out differences, there are always some you can´t deny. newspapers are written in columns and use another language, just like poems use a different language
I cannnot even understand poem in Polish...
I believe its the same with most countries. Here in Britain we have two types of newspapers, tabloid and broadsheets. The broadsheet newspapers usually contain advanced english vocabulary, which even i admit can confuse me sometimes, nevermind a foreigner. The tabloids do ocassionally contain advanced vocabulary, but most of time its quite easy to understand. I don't think anyone can say they have complete control over any language, even your native language. There will be times in your native language when you come across words or sentences you just don't understand. If you understood everything then surely you wouldn't be human.
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ok! that was good to know Emotion: smile

I believe that English learners should be reading all kinds of texts including news papers regularly in order to increase their comprehension level. However, : )I confess that in the past, some of the articles from which I had been trying to learn, were the reason I almost gave the learning process, this had made me understand why beginner learners should avoid reading articles or texts that are too difficult for them as it may badly effect the way they think about Englishـــــit'll frighten them away.

: O I know this because I'd been there before.
you're right !!

you hit the nail !!
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