Simple English Wikipedia

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Favicon of Wikipedia Simple English Wikipedia
Wikipedia-logo-simple.png
URL simple.wikipedia.org
Commercial? No
Type of site Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Available language(s) Basic English
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched November 17, 2003; 10 years ago (2003-11-17)

The Simple English Wikipedia is a Wikipedia encyclopedia, written in basic English.[1]

Articles in the Simple English Wikipedia use shorter sentences and simpler grammar than the English Wikipedia.

The Simple English Wikipedia is also for people with different needs. Some examples of people who use Simple English Wikipedia:

Other people use the Simple English Wikipedia because the simple language helps them understand hard ideas or topics they do not know about.

When the Simple English Wikipedia began in 2003, the ordinary English Wikipedia already had 150,000 articles, and seven other Wikipedias in other languages had over 15,000 articles. Since the other Wikipedias already have so many articles, most Simple English articles take articles from other Wikipedias and make them simple; they are usually not new articles. Right now, the Simple English Wikipedia has 117,195 articles.

This makes Simple English articles a good way to understand difficult articles from the ordinary English Wikipedia. If someone cannot understand an idea in complex English, they can read the Simple English article.

Many articles are shorter than the same articles in the English Wikipedia.[2] Technical subjects use some terms which are not simple. We try to explain these terms in a simple way.

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