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What’s the funniest talk? The one you learned the most from? Translators answer for OTP’s 5th birthday

What’s the funniest talk? The one you learned the most from? Translators answer for OTP’s 5th birthday

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Happy birthday, Open Translation Project! Our global initiative to bring TED Talks beyond the English-speaking world turned five this week. To celebrate, OTP asked its global network of volunteers—who, by the way, have translated nearly 57,000 talks at this point—to answer a few questions via Twitter. Below, see who they are and why they translate, as []

Is math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club explores

Is math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club explores

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In New York City, it’s common to hear ten different languages just on your walk to work in the morning. For the students at Lycée Français de New York, that kind of multicultural exposure doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse doors. With a combination French-English curriculum, this PreK-12 school educates students who represent more than 50 nationalities. And when []

How language transformed humanity: Mark Pagel on TED.com

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Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of “social technology” that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 20:11.) Watch Mark Pagel’s talk on TED.com, []

5 ways to listen better: Julian Treasure on TED.com

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In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, “We are losing our listening.” In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around you. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 7:50.) Watch Julian Treasure’s []

New TED Book: Erin McKean’s “Aftercrimes, Geoslavery, and Thermogeddon”

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Ever been brainjacked? Or Breitbarted? Perhaps you’re a kangatarian or a newpreneur. If not, you can still be a wordnik. Come with us as we peek into the notebook of lexicographer Erin McKean in Aftercrimes, Geoslavery, and Thermogeddon: Thought-Provoking Words from a Lexicographer’s Notebook, her revealing look at a torrent of new words and phrases—in []

The Email Charter: an idea worth spreading

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Can anything be done to ease the stress of our ever-growing email in-boxes? TED’s Curator Chris Anderson has been thinking about the problem and today is launching an Email Charter to try to reverse the upward spiral. The Charter has 10 rules that tackle the core reason behind email’s relentless growth — that email takes []

It’s the Open Translation Project 2-year anniversary!

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TED Translators attending TEDActive 2011 in Palm Springs, CA. Photo: Michael Brands Today is the 2-year anniversary of the Open Translation Project! To date, our volunteer translators have created over 18,000 translations of TEDTalks in 81 languages. For the occasion, we asked a few translators to tell us (in English and the language they translate []

Now you can embed TEDTalks with subtitles enabled

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We recently improved our embeddable player so now you can embed TEDTalks with subtitles enabled in your language! Simply click the “Share” button on any TEDTalk, select an available language from the drop-down menu, copy the embed code and voilà: the subtitles automatically play on the embedded video. And now that our embed player supports []