1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
We all use the internet to do research for school or look up cute pictures of animals for fun. Some websites offer educational content, while others are for entertainment only. Reddit is the type of website that features it all!
Reddit is an online message board where users submit links. The members of Reddit vote on the links they like the best. If members find the post interesting, they “upvote” the post and give it points. When users don’t like a post, they “downvote” it. The posts with the most “upvotes” make it to the front page of Reddit, and are seen by millions of people everyday!
Jessica is telling Marni about the types of things you can find on Reddit. Find out what Marni says in today’s English lesson.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Jessica: I just saw some of the most awesome articles on Reddit. Did you see those?
Marni: I don’t know what you’re talking about, so no, what is Reddit?
Jessica: Reddit!? You’ve never heard of Reddit, Marni?
Marni: I’ve heard of it, but I have to confess, I don’t know what it is.
Jessica: Well, basically, people all over the world submit different content. They can be different articles, pictures, videos and people go onto Reddit and “upvote” what they find interesting. So when you go to reddit.com, it’s like the front page of the internet and you see all of these different current events. I don’t know, I spend so many hours on Reddit looking at cute puppy pictures. They have sub-Reddits.
Marni: Like subcategories?
Jessica: Exactly. That’s exactly what it is. You can go and find different information on saving money, different memes. It’s a lot of fun.
Marni: It sounds like it’s kind of everything, the best of the internet sort of put into one place. It’s just a great way to find the most popular articles, events, and things that are happening.
Jessica: Exactly. It’s kind of like Pinterest. Instead of different pictures and things like that, it’s articles and current events. Then the sub-Reddits tap into all of the other adorable puppy photos.
Marni: Because you can’t have none of those!
Jessica: Exactly! You should go onto Reddit and check it out!
Marni: Will do.
Jessica is telling Marni about the popular articles on Reddit. She explains that people all over the world submit different content and users either upvote the articles if they find them interesting, or downvote the posts if they do not like the content. She spends many hours on the internet looking at cute puppy pictures.
Marni hasn’t used Reddit before. After learning about how to use Reddit from Jessica, she thinks it’s a great way to find popular and interesting links from different websites. She is going to check out the subcategories on Reddit.
Have you ever used Reddit? Would you downvote a post that you didn’t like?