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7 TED Talks that’ll inspire you

Open up a whole new world of possibilities and experiences with these talks that show the benefit (and fun!) of learning a new language.

1. Creating bilingual minds | Naja Ferjan Ramirez | TEDxLjubljana

Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez is a researcher studying the brain processing of language in infants and young children. In her talk, she showcases the latest techniques to study the infant brain and explains why all babies have the full potential to learn two languages at the same time. She discusses the benefits of bilingual environments for language and brain development and describes what it takes to create bilingual minds. 

2. How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian — that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. «The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is,» Boroditsky says. «Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.»

3.The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don’t need some special talent or a «language gene,» says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages) and shares four principles to help unlock your own hidden language talent — and have fun while doing it.

4. The Absolute Best Way to Learn a Language

In this video Luca Lampariello is going to dispel the myths about magical ways to learn foreign languages and share with you how you can tailor your own best way to learn a language. 

5. Mind hack: 7 secrets to learn any new language | Steve Kaufmann

Canadian polyglot Steve Kaufmann has learned parts of 20 languages. He’s come up with seven tips to help anyone attempting to learn a new language in their spare time. First, you must commit the time and keep motivated. If you don’t enjoy the process of learning a language, you probably won’t get very far. Maintaining a positive attitude is key. The sense of achievement in mastering a language is a profoundly positive experience. Focusing, at first, on vocabulary rather than grammar will help you in the long run.

6. 5 techniques to speak any language | Sid Efromovich

Sid grew up in Brazil and after some journeying around the world, he now lives an exciting life in New York where he works as a Sugar Trader. Teaching has always been one of his passions and he has led groups of young leaders since 2006. He has given workshops, talks, and classes on 3 different continents and is currently a Master Teacher in Skillshare where he teaches classes on nurturing happiness and learning foreign languages. 

7. Las ventajas de un cerebro bilingüe – Mia Nacamulli

It goes without saying that knowing more than one language can make some things easier, such as traveling or watching a film without subtitles. But does having a bilingual or multilingual brain have other advantages? Mia Nacamulli talks in detail about the three types of bilingual brains and shows us how knowing more than one language keeps the brain healthy, complex, and active.


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