Newspapers in your target language
For those who want to try to read newspapers in the language you are learning, go to www.thepaperboy.com. The site has A LOT of newspapers from all around the world. I have seen some links to some papers that do not work, but by and large they do. The website is free and does not require a logon.
Even if you don't go to the site to reinforce your language skills, it is worth a visit. Seeing so many newspapers in various languages really drives home the idea that knowing other languages might help get a deeper understanding of other people and their culture.
Warning: It can be intimidating for newbies like me to read newspaper articles in a different language as the writing contains a lot of data (requiring extensive vocabulary) and the narrative is not as straightforward as a simple story. I find it helpful to search for an international story that I am aware of and can/have read about in my local paper. That way I pretty much know the facts and am reading the article in my target language to get the general flow of the language without having to translate every word.
Warning 2: The newspaper links that I have tried did not require me to download any software. I generally am averse to doing so and would caution others from doing the same.
I hope some of you find this helpful.
Part of my daily practice these days is to read a news article on Globo, a major Brazilian news site. In the beginning it was hard and I would sometimes have a vocab list dozens of words long. One "trick" I picked up pretty quickly is to read articles based around a single subject or long running event. You still get tons of exposure to new words but you learn a lot more through context on a subject you're already familiar with. Then it's easier to slowly branch out from there. Plus you'll often get related videos to get in some very important listening practice, as the bots don't do spoken language justice at all.
Reading newspapers is a great way to practice. :) Reading in my target language can be challenging, but I still learn a lot, and understand more than I would expect. And it makes it easy for me to learn about what's happening in the source country. (I especially like culture/history articles. :D )
My local library gives access to PressReader, which provides a huge amount of titles from around the world. Since that lets me download for offline reading, I prefer to use that method. Great for getting a bit of studying done while on my commute. :)
Terrific! Local libraries are such a great resource. I'm glad yours is able to provide you with content that helps with your language learning.
I was recently surprised to find out how much multilingual material my small local library had, both in books and online material. (I think Duo is partially responsible for this as Duo is now on everyone's lips and people are asking for more materials in other languages.)
Msanjonse1 - Oh yeah, definitely agree on being surprised by the amount of multi-language stuff libraries have. I recently found out that the French section at mine is huge! So when I'm ready to pick that language up, I will be all set. :D
I don't have a favorite newspaper. (And I also know very little Norwegian!)
Through the newspapers, I like to get a glimpse of people all the world over so I look at random ones, even ones that are not in my target language.
Ha en fin dag!
I wrote that to the person learning Norwegian mostly for fun, and also curiousity. Do you have any Spanish or latin american newpapers to recommend me? Cool link, thank you, and impressive streak you have! ha en fin dag du også..
Bagobones - Jeg leser Aftenposten for det mest, har jeg lest regionalaviser også. (Jeg har venner i norge og jeg liker å lese publikasjoner om byene deres.) :)
I have started following Le Monde on Facebook. I can't read it all, but I find it really encouraging that I can at least usually get the general idea of what each story is about. I am sure that there are other newspapers posting to Facebook as well.
I like to visit https://www.euronews.com/ most days. I find that I can often (not always) find an article that is written up in different languages, so I can switch between languages to check my comprehension. For me, I usually switch between English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian. Other languages available are: Portuguese, Turkish, Greek, Hungarian, Persian/Farsi and Arabic.
As a bonus, some of the articles have audio/video, so you can try listening to the audio and then check out the text of the article to see how well you understood the audio.
headchop - Not many here, including myself, are polyglots like you are! That is fantastic that you are able to switch between so many languages. I'll try going on euronews sometime to try switching between English, German and Spanish. Thanks for sharing!
To be fair, my German is only mid-intermediate level, at best, and my Russian is probably still only advanced-beginner level so I need to look up A LOT when reading articles in Russian. I'm concentrating on Russian in Duolingo right now, and being able to turn off the word bank in the Android app is really helping (using Cyrillic keyboard on the PC is difficult).
Headchop - thanks for sharing this site. I bookmarked the english version to my News folder, and the Spanish version to my Language Learning folder. Here's five lingots
You can read Metro's daily edition online or download it for free (PDF):
Languages: English (USA, Canada), French (Canada), Spanish (Chile, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic), Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch (the Netherlands), Italian, Mandarin, Czech, Greek, Korean, Finnish, Swedish and Russian.
sounds cool. will try to give it a shot when I have spare time to learn. many thanks.
Msanjose1 - this is incredibly helpful. Please accept these 5 lingots as a gesture of my appreciation!!