What is "Simple" Wikipedia?

Did you know there is a secret, simple version of Wikipedia that most people have never heard of or used?

Have you ever searched for something on Wikipedia and found that the vocabulary was complicated and difficult to understand? I don’t know about you, but Graham’s Number takes more than awhile to comprehend, and I'm still not sure if I totally understand it. So what is this "Simple" Wikipedia and how can it help?


If you add an "en" to your URL, as in, you will be taken to a version of Wikipedia called "Simple Wikipedia". Don’t believe me? Here is a link to a regular wikipedia article and here is the same article in simple wikipedia. So what exactly is the difference?

Simple Wikipedia is an alternate version of normal wikipedia that uses only simple English, meaning that simple words are used instead of complicated ones. This doesn’t mean the articles are necessarily shorter (though they usually are), but rather they use basic vocabulary.

You can view the home page of Simple Wikipedia here, which includes more information about how this alternative wiki is meant to be used.


There are a few reasons why you might want to use Simple Wikipedia, let’s take a look at a couple of them:

  • You can more easily understand a complex subject, faster, because Simple Wikipedia simplifies the vocabulary used to explain it. This might be great for studying or research purposes, especially the night before an exam.
  • You can use Simple Wikipedia to teach someone the English language, by removing overly complicated words. You can move them to the standard version of Wikipedia at a later time, when they’re ready.

Simple Wikipedia is one of those forward thinking features of modern technology that just happens to go under the radar. On that note, you might also enjoy this article about 5 ingenious apps that are making our world a better place!

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Aleksey Weyman

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