Wikipedia has a page for practically everything you could ever want to learn about, and usually the English page has what you need. However, you may find yourself on a page for a foreign location or topic that doesn't seem to say very much. The fix: try switching to the native language and translating the page with something like Google Translate.

For example: look at the page for the French region Auvergne. There isn't much there.

Now compare that to the page in French. The difference is immediately clear, even without knowing a word of French.


In hindsight, the reasoning behind this trick seems obvious. We might like to think everything on Wikipedia was written in English, but in fact, an article on a region of France was most likely best written by someone who speaks french, then sloppily re-written or translated to English.