Reading material

Tremmert   Sunday, September 26, 2004, 10:41 GMT
What would you say is the best online source of reading material in other languages?

Discussion forums often feature a more spoken register, but from what I've seen of people's English spelling (even native speakers) I wouldn't trust forum messages to teach one good grammar or spelling.

Perhaps online newspapers would be better?
Mxsmanic   Sunday, September 26, 2004, 14:55 GMT
I vote for online newspapers. Discussion forums are a very poor source of reading material, as often people in them write with very poor spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, and with lots of slang (some of which may be specific to the forum). In fact, the English in forums is sometimes even worse than casual spoken English.
Tom   Monday, September 27, 2004, 22:55 GMT
Blogs written by educated native speakers. You get both informal language and good spelling.

Forums are not that bad, actually. You can usually tell if a person is a bad speller because such people usually format their messages all wrong. As for grammar, native speakers generally don't make grammar mistakes.