TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. We are bringing to you two talks that think about learning languages from a new angle. Patricia Ryan in her “Don’t insist on English!” talk highlight the significant importance of all languages. The second talk of ShaoLan Hsueh shares a new method of learning Chinese.
Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English!
UK-born language teacher Patricia Ryan has spent most of the past 40 years teaching English in the countries of the Arabian Gulf. She talks about languages in a way that makes me appreciate the uniqueness of every culture. Let´s celebrate diversity.
ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese … with ease!
Born in Taipei and now living in London, ShaoLan is an entrepreneur, investor, writer, traveller and dreamer. She is now focused on sharing a new method of learning Chinese: Chineasy, described as “a visual-based learning system that teaches Chinese characters, simple stories & phrases.”. Either you teach Chinese or you don´t, watch and get inspired.
What dou you think about these thinkers? Do not hasitate to share your ideas with us.
Veronika, trainer, passionate teacher, blogger, member of smartclasscommunity team