YESNYOU – The TED Transformation

Hi everyone,

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Do you ever watch TED talks? Do you even know what they are? I often use TED talks in my classes, and I recently taught a class using a TED talk from one of our earliest blogs: Beautiful Unique Snowflakes. That blog was all about world population, and includes a clever clock that shows how many people there are in the world in real time!

Idea Light BulbTED began back in 1984 as a Technology, Entertainment and Design conference. Now it covers lots more topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. In their own words:

Our Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. 

It’s a big, venerable goal.

What we mustn’t forget is that as well as being world-changing, TED talks can also be very entertaining and seriously funny. TED have created a playlist of 11 videos that are an introduction to this world. Click on the picture below and you will go straight to the playlist.

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The TED site is really easy to navigate. You can choose talks by topic, language or duration and sort them using different criteria, so you’ll always be able to find a TED that you will like. There are also playlists of videos on a similar theme or topic so that you can be sure that you’re getting the complete picture.

Best of all, 100s of the videos are subtitled, so if the English is a bit challenging you can always go back and check!

Here are three videos about language for you to try (the third one should be of particular interest to Spanish speakers…!):

Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and audio of Chinese students practicing English — “the world’s second language” — in their thousands.

In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages her audience to create new words when the existing ones aren’t god enough. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.

Why is ‘x’ the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

Please let me know what you’re watching by writing a message in the comments section below, writing a message on our facebook page (YES ‘N’ You Spain), or send us a message on twitter (@YESNYOU_es).

Until next time,



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