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Watching America: An Online Source of Current News Stories

Are you tired of reading the same newspapers?  Would you like to read what’s written about the United States in newspapers around the world?  Then Watching America is for you.  Watching America is a completely independent organization, that allows users “to surf all of the content of foreign-language news outlets…”  It “makes available in English articles written about the U.S. by foreigners, often for foreign audiences, and often in other languages.”  The key to the value of this web site is that it gathers news stories from a huge number of news sources, and employs translators to provide high quality translations of the day’s top stories.  It does not rely on auto-translation services, which frequently provide hilariously incorrect translations.  Such hilarity might have its own value, but not when you actually want to know what was originally written.

Watching America has several other really useful features.  First, it includes an archive that permits you to search for older stories by keyword.  Second, it provides links to the web sites of all the news sources from which it gathers stories.  So you might use Watching America just as an online index to the world’s newspaper web sites.

In addition to providing interesting news and editorial perspectives from around the world, Watching American is a great resource for those who want to brush up on or maintain their knowledge of foreign languages.  And best of all, it’s absolutely free.  So click on the link to your favorite foreign newspaper, and check out what’s happening in another part of the world.


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