If you’re reading this post now, you’re probably a pretty savvy Internet user. And you’ve probably heard of Wikipedia before. Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that almost any person can contribute their knowledge to in writing. As of this year, it’s available in 285 languages, most likely including your native language.
Reading an English article on a topic that you’re interested in and that you know a lot about can help you expand your vocabulary quickly. Because you already are familiar with the concepts and ideas (for example, about your hobby or your professional field), you are able to translate that knowledge into the language you are trying to learn, if only you had the words and grammar to do so.
The best part is, Wikipedia’s translations even include a Simple English edition! The simplified sentences of this version are an excellent resource for English language learners and teachers.
Esther received her TEFL certification through the University of Cambridge and has studied Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, and most recently Python. Passionate about educational linguistics, instructional design, intercultural communication, and new media, she also loves alphabetizing, biking, farming, food, people, piano, theology, traveling, and ultimate frisbee. An incurable ENFP, Esther believes in tech startups and is stoked to be a VoxyTutor and blogger!