It’s been more than two years since I opened my mailbox and found an invitation to appear at a prestigious TED Conference in New York. Having only three weeks to put my presentation together didn’t discourage me; after all, one does not reject such an opportunity, right?! I accepted the offer and decided to give it my all, even though I already had plans to appear at a different conference, the Language Mentoring team was in the middle of launching a new course, I was sick and well aware of the fact that going to New York on such short notice would not be easy at all.
But it was well worth the effort! 🙂 In the two and a half years since my TED Talk was published on the Internet, it has been seen by almost 12 million people. One of them was Olly Richards, a well-known polyglot who recently analyzed it with the critical eye of an experienced language professional. Most English learners will definitely know Olly from his popular podcast “I Will Teach You A Language”, in which he looks at various aspects of learning foreign languages and speaks in his amazing British accent as a bonus. Apart from that, he also makes videos for his YouTube channel. Recently, he published a video in which he reacts to the ideas from my TED Talk.
Olly is an experienced polyglot who speaks 8 languages, so I was really curious to see his reaction. It was interesting to see where our opinions on learning languages converge and which ideas presented in the lecture he considers the most interesting. You can watch Olly’s video (in English) here:
It is clear from Olly’s comments that he sees learning languages in the same way I do and at the end of his video, he actually gave my Talk 10/10 points. I’m honored and really happy to have been given such a high score. 🙂
If you want to watch or re-watch my TED Talk, you can do so below:
If you feel like we’ve mentioned TED before, you’re not wrong. In Language Mentoring, we often recommend TED videos as a fantastic source of listening materials, so if you’re interested in this format, you can start with my video and then fully dive into the world of the most interesting ideas from the world’s biggest experts. Enjoy!
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