It is a time and place for thorough, continuous reading. But sometimes you just want to know what a term in the news means. And you want to know it now. If you're curious, but for a short time, Simple English Wikipedia is the answer.
The premise behind Simple Wikipedia is, well, simple! Let's say you want to learn more about "blockchains" because you keep hearing about them in the news. If you take a look at the Wikipedia entry for "blockchain", it is quite technical and quite long at around 3800 words. And maybe it's worth reading if you really are curious about blockchain technology. If you are just trying to get a quick summary of a term you read in the newspaper, this is where Simple English Wikipedia comes in.
It is a version of Wikipedia that offers articles formatted in two useful ways. First, it uses more simplified language (the authors do their best to avoid overly technical or compound vocabulary). Second, the entries are almost always shorter as a result. The simplified version of the entry for "blockchain" is only around 400 words and provides a very brief (though not in-depth) summary of the topic. Not every article on the Wikipedia main page has a single English counterpart, but over 1
To access simple English Wikipedia articles, you can start on the main page and use the search box, just as you would on the main Wikipedia site. If you followed a link to the Wikipedia page from elsewhere and prefer a summary, you can change the URL. Just change the subdomain of the URL from "en.wikipedia" to "simple.wikipedia" to redirect you like this:
https: // en .wikipedia.org / wiki / Blockchain > https: // simple .wikipedia.org / wiki / Blockchain
This simple change puts a world of simple summaries at your fingertips!