I think I've finally reached the stage where NHK Easy News is easy (mostly). Filled with confidence in my now truly awesome Japanese skills I thought it was time to read the adult news. Big mistake. It's almost like a different language.

Aside from the massive lack of vocabulary my main problem is the grammar. When you miss out a few particles you get colloquial Japanese, but when you miss them all out, you get serious news stories.

What do kids in Japan do? Do they really jump straight from Easy News to the main site? Is there somewhere I can find something more intermediate? Any advice on how to make that jump would be appreciated.

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    Personally... I don't think kids want to read news in the main site... (the topic might be too heavy for them anyways). Take note that understanding news is one of the hardest skill. And personally, also as a self-learner, I'd go into hobby magazine/article/blog next... or teens/young adult novel... or anything else you feel interested in with your newly acquired Japanese skills :)
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 4:18
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    You guys are lucky there is such a thing as NHK Easy News now. (NHK Web Easy? Wow 振り仮名?!) There was nothing like that when I was struggling to learn Japanese in the mid-90s. Anyway, aside from doing it the hard way, e.g. actually trying to read, checking all unknown kanji, etc. I learned to read news mostly by watching news on tv. I made it a habit to place my 和英辞典 close to the tv, so everytime I hear something that I did not understand I could grab it quickly and find the meaning. Give it a try. I'm sure you could find Japanese news on the internet now, if you live outside Japan.
    – DXV
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 5:57
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    (continued) Listening to the news also helps your (of course) listening skills.
    – DXV
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 5:58
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    昔から「子供新聞」とか「中高生新聞」みたいなのってありますね・・・紙で。ネットで無料で読めるかどうかわかんないですけど・・・たぶんこんな感じ → 朝日中高生新聞読売中高生新聞毎日小学生新聞朝日小学生新聞
    – chocolate Mod
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 9:47
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    When I lived in Japanese in the early 90's, the family I initially lived with would pull out news articles for me to read. They were really challenging. But the family was treating me like their own kids: constantly drilling down on kanji, how to read and recognize them and how to parse things like news paper articles and editorial pieces. The news is still a struggle for me. I understand the big picture, but the smaller details escape me. If you can find the local news stories, those are often a lot less challenging. Also, it helps to read the same stories first from the English press.
    – A.Ellett
    Commented Feb 5 at 4:01


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