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Tactics for Success, No. 18: Keep up with Current Events

In her book, The Immigrant’s Way, available in the downloadable Kindle format, or paperback, Margaret W. Wong describes twenty-two tactics the foreign born person can use to ensure her stay in the USA is as long as she wants it to be. We will present for you one of her strategies every week in this space.

18. Keep up with current events.

Try to read at least two English newspapers a day – local and national news. I personally read the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. You can learn from reading the newspaper both the current news and the culture within the United States, as well as international news and topics reminding us of where we came from and pointing us in the direction of where we want to go.

The New York Times has a liberal bent. The Wall Street Journal is very pro business. Your local paper will help you learn what and who is important in your city and state. This way, you will know whom to call if you need help (whether it would be with the government, NGOs, or businesses). An alternative is to force yourself to watch the morning, evening or nightly news. While you generally will get less information from these sources, it is cheaper, and will also help with your listening and pronunciation skills.