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BookBox :Free subtitled Animated Stories for Children: .A book for every child in his/her language (30)

BookBox :Free subtitled Animated Stories for Children: .A book for every child in his/her language (30) | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Animated stories that help improve reading & language learning skills through a scientifically tested concept.

 

BookBox is a web-based jukebox of digital books in over 30 languages. It synchronizes the text, audio, and visual to create an educational and entertaining resources...
 

Their youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/bookboxinc?feature=watch
 
BookBox: A book for every child in his/her language BookBox is a social enterprise that innovated the concept of "AniBooks" or animated books to support emergent literacy and language skills.

 

AniBooks flow from a simple fact -- children love to watch cartoons. Thus, AniBooks are animated stories for children, with the narration appearing on-screen as Same Language Subtitles (SLS).

 

In our conception a "book" is a reading experience that can travel in print and other audio-visual media. Our aim is to provide an online portal where children have fun and subconsciously improve their reading skills. The FREE BookBox App for the iPad is out!

 

Download NOW: http://goo.gl/ySxgM

 

Download the FREE BookBox iPhone App in English:

http://goo.gl/o3Ohd

 

For more stories and more languages and multiple subtitle options visit: http://www.bookbox.com


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BookBox is a web-based jukebox of digital books in over 30 languages. It synchronizes the text, audio, and visual to create an educational and entertaining resources.

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Improve your food vocabulary and share it with your students.

Improve your food vocabulary and share it with your students. | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

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Aulde de B's comment, July 17, 2013 3:47 PM
There is no link. that's it.
Teresa Carvalho's comment, July 17, 2013 9:50 PM
I'm sorry there's no link. I guess I must have copied this picture from somewhere and saved it.
Amélie Silvert's comment, July 18, 2013 12:50 AM
Ok sorry, I thought it was some kind of vergetable maker. :)
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Pyura chilensis, living rock : the closest thing to getting blood from a stone - 1 of the weirdest creatures ever seen

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“Period Rock? You’re calling me Period Rock now? Guys, seriously, I might look like a stone, but that doesn’t mean I have the heart of one. ...

 

And also:

http://grist.org/list/crazy-living-rock-is-one-of-the-weirdest-creatures-weve-ever-seen/

 


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European History Interactive Map


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Grammar snacks | LearnEnglishTeens - British Council - Excellent - very brainfriendly

Grammar snacks | LearnEnglishTeens - British Council - Excellent - very brainfriendly | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Motivating, contextual subtitled  videos, explanations (questions & answers)

 

Very brainfriendly, absolutely complete, excellent


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Brainfriendly JJ English youtube channel: Learning grammar, vocabulary, phrasal verbs with songs

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"The present simple "Grammar Snacks" "learnenglishteens" - British Council Excellent - very brainfriendly

"The present simple "Grammar Snacks" "learnenglishteens" - British Council Excellent - very brainfriendly | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"Daisy is chatting to her brother Oliver, and his best mate Alfie, about her new boyfriend.  Daisy and Oliver’s mum is working in Thailand this week.

 

We use the present simple to talk about repeated actions or events, permanent states or things which are always true. To find out more about the present simple, read and listen to the conversation below."

 

Motivating, contextual subtitled  video, explanation (questions & answers)

 

Absolutely complete, very brainfriendly & excellent


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« La liberté d’information souffre, il faut réagir » - Ecrans Libé

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"L’Américain David Talbot lancera à l’automne Open America, site dont l’ambition est de créer une passerelle entre journalistes d’investigation et lanceurs d’alerte.

A 61 ans, David Talbot, pionnier du journalisme web aux Etats-Unis et fondateur en 1995 du site politique Salon.com, se lance dans une nouvelle aventure consacrée à l’investigation qui, avec l’affaire d’espionnage par la NSA révélée par Edward Snowden, prend tout son sens."


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Aulde de Barbuat's comment, July 16, 2013 7:23 PM
Also check http://www.icij.org/ , The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists " an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories" Among other things, they have published the secret files about tax havens.
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Pyura chilensis, living rock : the closest thing to getting blood from a stone - 1 of the weirdest creatures ever seen

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“Period Rock? You’re calling me Period Rock now? Guys, seriously, I might look like a stone, but that doesn’t mean I have the heart of one. ...

 

And also:

http://grist.org/list/crazy-living-rock-is-one-of-the-weirdest-creatures-weve-ever-seen/

 

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Invention of the decade saves water AND gets dudes to wash their hands

Invention of the decade saves water AND gets dudes to wash their hands | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Presenting the sink urinal.
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How to easily create animations like a Pro using Basic Timeline

How to easily create animations like a Pro using Basic Timeline | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Easy Animations for the rest of us. If you ever had a tough time creating interactive content, this one is for you. The easiest application to create professional motion graphics and presentations in seconds.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:42 PM

Those who use EWC Presenter will be satisfied to discover the latest update to the tool which is a new animated timeline feature. Read the detailed explanations and tips how to work with animation on EWC Presenter.

Thanks to Payman Taei for the suggestion.

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It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders

It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"Most of us think of international borders as invisible, but clear-cut lines: stand on one side, and you’re in one country; stand on the other, you’re in another country.  But here’s a list of five international borders that, for one reason or another, are not quite that simple."


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This article is in dire needs of some maps, but it still provides 5 intriguing case studies of borders and chunks of territory that defy normal categorization.


Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Caterin Victor's curator insight, July 13, 2013 12:53 PM

It  is  Puzzling, but  every  human  being  chose to live in a normal,  happy  and  free  country, in a  Democratie,  if  possible.

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These borders and boundaries indicate something that I thought of while rewatching Independence Day (the Smith/Goldblum flick from '96)...  If we make a mess, and destroy this planet, aliens wouldn't want it.  The land that no one wants, is probably wanted by someone in reality... I am a fervent believer in aliens, and spend my free time diving into attempts to solve my quandary about the higher questions of the universe.  I think that the area that no one wants, everyone wants.  Unlike state boundaries in the US, planets are divided as separate entities from other planets, but grouped in solar systems, galaxies, asteroid belts, etc... I can't wait for the day some pompous fool gets on the bridge of a starship from Earth and sits in the captain's chair and says "Lieutenant, take us to Sector ----- (so and so)"... We will have moved up from the United States and Canada to the United Sectors of Galaxies!  And that little bit of land that 'no one wants,' everyone actually wants... same with planets.  Terraforming will allow those unsightly balls of fury that float around a star to become the most inhabitable of them all!  I wonder where these things will stop... or if it keeps going to larger sectors, endlessly? Well, we will likely encounter other species with territorial claims... play nice, America!  Or the Aliens will pop out of your stomach.  Though there are some politicians now that seem to have popped out of someone's stomach, I think the threat is more domestic while territory disputes occur nowadays, as it is humans arguing with humans, but it will increase when the Martians come to claim what is theirs.

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Mean streets: A bike lover braces for cycling in the city

Mean streets: A bike lover braces for cycling in the city | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, was scared to ride in the big city. Here's how she got over it.

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CCProse Audiobooks

CCProse Audiobooks | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"CC Prose is dedicated to making classic literature accessible to people around the world.

 

We make more than just audiobooks.

 

By combining high quality audio, large print text, synchronized closed captions, and machine translations in multiple languages; we provide something for everyone. Learn English, learn to read, with free videobooks from CC Prose.

 

"All chapters contain synchronized text, an interactive transcript, and closed captions.

 

Machine subtitled translating in various languages

 

Much of the audio on this channel is through the courtesy of Librivox.org.

 

View List of Entire Library 

 

"Other Excellent Channels:

 

CC Prose Kids 

CC Poems

CC Cartoons

Jane Austen Audiobooks

Mark Twain Audiobooks "


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Charge Your Phone With Urine? Scientists Say It's Possible Using Microbial Fuel Cells

Charge Your Phone With Urine? Scientists Say It's Possible Using Microbial Fuel Cells | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Often forget your phone charger? Well, scientists in the United Kingdom have devised a way to conceivably charge a mobile phone with something for users on the go -- or, more aptly, for users who have to go.

 

Researchers at the University of the West of England say it's possible to charge a phone with urine by using microbial fuel cells (MFCs), which convert waste into electricity.

 

The team tested the potential of urine power to energize a Samsung mobile device, effectively using the mechanism to make a phone call, send texts and browse the Internet, according to the Press Association. So far tests have been successful, but the team still needs to perfect the method so that MFCs can provide a full battery..........


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Boost your vocabulary

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It's a good idea to challenge yourself to vary your vocabulary. Pick out a few synonyms and use them in class. By doing this, you'll expose your students to these words and tou can also challenge them to do the same.


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Fast phrasals | LearnEnglishTeens - British Council excellent - brainfriendly

Fast phrasals | LearnEnglishTeens - British Council excellent - brainfriendly | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Motivating, contextual subtitled  video, explanation (questions & answers)

 

Absolutely complete, very brainfriendly & excellent


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Phrasal Verb Game 1 & 2 – Macmillan Dictionary

Phrasal Verb Game 1 & 2 – Macmillan Dictionary | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Our interactive language games are intended to improve language skills and help English language learners.

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/language-games/

 

Choose the best of four prepositions to make the correct phrasal verb.

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/phrasalVerbsOne/

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/phrasalVerbsTwo


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 13, 2013 3:38 AM

This is probably the best of the four games I have just posted - there is a full sentence to give context, and learners choose the correct particle to complete the sentence.  

 

The game factors should help maintain motivation, so the only question that remains is retention - can/will learners remember any corrections?  Or is the reinforcement provided for the expressions they already know enough?

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21st-Century Learning Tools: Interactive Visual Dictionaries

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"...explore the expanding genre of interactive multi-media visual dictionaries by looking at two very different options.

 

 the  VISUAL MERRIAM-WEBSTER their Visual Multimedia 4th Edition includes:

6,000 hyperrealist illustrations20,000 defined terms covering almost 800 topicsGrouped into 17 themes that present every aspect of everyday life, from sports, astronomy, the human body and the arts to cooking, gardening and the animal kingdom. Several language interfaces (terms written and pronounced in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German)It also offers five different games that measure the knowledge of the user in each subject.........

 

VISUWORDS ."..also found under SnappyWords is another visual dictionary which is much more visually driven and interactive. .. I was wowed by its innovative 'feel'.

 

While the Merriam-Webster visual dictionary feels much like a standard picture dictionary, this site is actually well worth a visit as "dictionary" and "thesaurus" truly take on new expanded dimensions and is visually and verbally interactive.

 

I was mesmerized! It uses Princeton University's WordNet, which is an opensource database built by University students and language researchers.  It is available as a free resource on the web."

 

VIDICTIONARY : Is a new online video dictionary.  it defines and expresses words through images.  Click on the target word and a window opens up with a video describing the word and while it is (usually) read and has music to help describe it....

 

VOCABHEAD  for advanced students : promotes itself as a multi-sensory vocabulary trainer but can be used as a dictionary/thesaurus as well.  What's nice about VocabAhead is that it really is a multi-media means to study and build vocabulary.  You enter a word, it gives you a verbal definition, an audio recording 'reads' the definition, they use the word in a sentence, and an illustration reinforces the word's meaning. Another nice feature is.........


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Paz Barceló's comment, August 5, 2013 5:52 PM
Interesante!
Ajo Monzó's curator insight, August 6, 2013 7:45 AM

molt interessant

Loli Olmos's comment, August 30, 2013 8:31 AM
¿Y en castellano?
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Flashcards - Food and Drink

"Revamped Food Flashcards page, with Jason's son Jamie performing the vocabulary on video!"

"Flashcards for food items (snacks/junk food, fruit, vegetables) for young English language learners

 

http://youtu.be/2W968hp4b6o

 

English Raven's excellent youtube channel for teachers & learners:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Englishraven/videos

 

"The video above features English Raven and English Raven Junior presenting and chatting about a variety of foods from three broad groups: snacks/junk food, fruit and vegetables.

The English Raven Food Flashcards comprise 50 high quality cards depicting food items divided into three separate colour-coded groups.

They also feature 'grammar toolbars' at the bottom of each card to help introduce or remind students about countable versus noncount singular and plural rules (and/or pave the way to activation of particles):"

 

English Raven FREE DOWNLOAD PAGE  excellent:

 

http://www.englishraven.com/open-downloads-access.html

To access the main list of downloads, please click on MAIN DOWNLOADS. Please note that you can only download these materials from within this private membership page. Going to the main public pages of the site will not give you access to the downloads.

There are also some other options in the (orange) menu above exclusive to English Raven Members."

 

From the great site http://www.englishraven.com/

 

"Welcome to English Raven, a web-based collection of resources, materials and teaching ideas for EFL/ESL that I have been building for more than 10 years now. With a focus on practicality as well as innovation, you're sure to find something here that will add that extra spark to your English language classroom!"

 

Found on the excellent twitter of Sarah Feather   @SarahHannah. Worth following....


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Subtitles for Mac & Windows · Automatically download subtitles for your movies and TV shows

Subtitles for Mac & Windows · Automatically download subtitles for your movies and TV shows | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Free Mac and Windows app for automatically downloading subtitles for your movies and TV shows

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A Republican, GOP House staffer, calls for climate action -- and has to remain anonymous to keep job

A Republican, GOP House staffer, calls for climate action -- and has to remain anonymous to keep job | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

"A Republican staffer at the U.S. House has written a fervent call for conservative action on climate change, winning second place in a young conservative writing contest sponsored by the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. But he won’t be collecting his prize in person. He’s afraid to reveal his name or face.


The piece was published yesterday on the Real Clear Science website under the pseudonym of Eric Bradenson. The author explains that he is “writing under a pen name to protect his boss and himself.” Here’s how his piece kicks off:


Someone in the GOP needs to say it: conservation is conservative; climate change is real; and conservatives need to lead on solutions because we have better answers than the other side.


… conservatives have long fought to protect the natural rights and property rights of individuals, living and unborn, from infringement by environmental degradation and pollution.

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in a remote area of Australia Village children Invents a new Language video graphic, articles

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A linguist has concluded that a new language, with unique grammatical rules, has come into existence, created by children in a remote area of Australia.

 

Multimedia Graphic An Emerging Language xith examples

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2013/07/16/science/16language.html?ref=science  

 

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There are many dying languages in the world. But at least one has recently been born, created by children living in a remote village in northern Australia.

 

"Carmel O’Shannessy, back left, spends up to eight weeks a year in the village of Lajamanu. Gracie White Napaljarri, back right, is a Warlpiri speaker but children in her family speak Warlpiri and Light Warlpiri.

Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, has been studying the young people’s speech for more than a decade and has concluded that they speak neither a dialect nor the mixture of languages called a creole, but a new language with unique grammatical rules.

 

The language, called Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia’s Northern Territory. In all, about 350 people speak the language as their native tongue.

 

Dr. O’Shannessy has published several studies of Light Warlpiri, the most recent in the June issue of Language.

 

And also:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/130715/australian-youth-make-totally-new-language-called-warlpiri

 

"They have been combining their local dialect of Warlpiri with "varieties of English and/or Kriol," making for a "radical restructuring of the verbal auxiliary system" over the past three-and-a-half decades, according to O’Shannessy. ...This is a legit new language, not two tongues smashed together. As The Smithsonian explains: "So, the new language, light Warlpiri, borrows some verb structures and nouns from its parent languages, but it puts these pieces together in a new way. This is in much the same was as how many of the Romance languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian, seem to borrow words from each other while being noticeably different languages.".......

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It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders

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"Most of us think of international borders as invisible, but clear-cut lines: stand on one side, and you’re in one country; stand on the other, you’re in another country.  But here’s a list of five international borders that, for one reason or another, are not quite that simple."

 

Seth Dixon's insight:

This article is in dire needs of some maps, but it still provides 5 intriguing case studies of borders and chunks of territory that defy normal categorization.


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This article is in dire needs of some maps, but it still provides 5 intriguing case studies of borders and chunks of territory that defy normal categorization.


Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Caterin Victor's curator insight, July 13, 2013 12:53 PM

It  is  Puzzling, but  every  human  being  chose to live in a normal,  happy  and  free  country, in a  Democratie,  if  possible.

Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:20 PM

These borders and boundaries indicate something that I thought of while rewatching Independence Day (the Smith/Goldblum flick from '96)...  If we make a mess, and destroy this planet, aliens wouldn't want it.  The land that no one wants, is probably wanted by someone in reality... I am a fervent believer in aliens, and spend my free time diving into attempts to solve my quandary about the higher questions of the universe.  I think that the area that no one wants, everyone wants.  Unlike state boundaries in the US, planets are divided as separate entities from other planets, but grouped in solar systems, galaxies, asteroid belts, etc... I can't wait for the day some pompous fool gets on the bridge of a starship from Earth and sits in the captain's chair and says "Lieutenant, take us to Sector ----- (so and so)"... We will have moved up from the United States and Canada to the United Sectors of Galaxies!  And that little bit of land that 'no one wants,' everyone actually wants... same with planets.  Terraforming will allow those unsightly balls of fury that float around a star to become the most inhabitable of them all!  I wonder where these things will stop... or if it keeps going to larger sectors, endlessly? Well, we will likely encounter other species with territorial claims... play nice, America!  Or the Aliens will pop out of your stomach.  Though there are some politicians now that seem to have popped out of someone's stomach, I think the threat is more domestic while territory disputes occur nowadays, as it is humans arguing with humans, but it will increase when the Martians come to claim what is theirs.

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Worldcrunch - Great stories from ALL the world's best news sources And Also: PRESSEEUROP, EUROPEANDAILY

Worldcrunch - Great stories from ALL  the world's best news sources  And Also: PRESSEEUROP, EUROPEANDAILY | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Worldcrunch has been added to the New York Times Company's syndication arm which will re-sell its content to clients across the world...

 

"ABOUT US: http://www.worldcrunch.com/single.php?single=8 

 

The Mission

Worldcrunch delivers the best global journalism previously shut off from English language readers: selecting, translating and editing content from top foreign-language outlets.

 

The Method

The most relevant foreign-language stories are produced in English by Worldcrunch staff and contributors around the globe, deployed to react quickly to breaking events and find the best content in the international media. We are also creating a platform, Crunch It!, to build a community of newshounds who will flag and help translate interesting stories from both mainstream media outlets and blogs, as well as produce stories of their own.

 

The Vision

With Worldcrunch, the great untapped resource of foreign-language news and information is hereby available. By combining professional journalistic standards with the energy of the web's flock of curious readers, writers and translators -- and building a framework for copyright acces & distribution -- we create a whole new well of top-shelf news content from the best sources covering the world today. And our vision for the future? Worldcrunch will be the virtual square where language barriers fade, and a new brand of global journalism is born."

 

 https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/business/media/09englishnews.html?_r=0

 

"Worldcrunch, a Web-based start-up in Paris, offers English translations of newspaper articles from around the world.

 

Mr. Israely, a former correspondent for Time magazine in Rome and Paris, had no job last year after Time closed much of its European operation.

In May 2011,He founded Worldcrunch with Irene Toporkoff, a former chief executive of the French unit of Ask.com, and investments from three French Internet entrepreneurs.

 

Using freelance journalists, Worldcrunch plans to publish several dozen English translations of articles from newspapers like Le Monde, Die Welt and La Stampa every week. While most of the papers are European, Hurriyet in Turkey and The Economic Observer in China are included, and Mr. Israely said he was seeking more global partners.

 

Some of the partner publications, like the French business daily Les Échos, have English-language sections on their sites where they post the articles Worldcrunch has translated.

 

PRESSEEUROP, another new site edited from Paris, does something similar for European newspapers, translating articles into 10 languages, including English. http://www.presseurop.eu/en

 

The Huffington Post, one of the most popular American news aggregators on the Web, has Europe in its sights, saying it plans to introduce a British edition soon.

 

In Brussels, a site called EUROPEANDAILY aggregates news from across the region, gathering snippets from a variety of European sources and translating them into English. Its founders want to start a pan-European newspaper — in print, no less.http://europeandaily.com/"


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