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Word talks

You’ve probably heard of the famous TED talks. Well, TED have created a playlist of talks that have been given on various aspects of language.

I particularly like Patricia Ryan’s talk, titled ‘Don’t insist on English!’. It’s all about how the focus on English may halt the spread of ideas in other languages. As we know, different languages express thoughts and feelings in different ways, and this diversity is an integral part of the incredible amount of different cultures we have in the world.

Some learners even report that they think and feel differently in their second language, compared to their native language. I experienced this when learning Spanish – it made me feel almost like a different person! I wonder what people taking Spanish classes in Philadelphia think?