Archive for month: January, 2017

Rhetoric 101: The art of persuasive speech

How do you get what you want, using just your words? Aristotle set out to answer exactly that question over 2,000 years ago with a treatise on rhetoric. Below, Camille A. Langston describes the fundamentals of deliberative rhetoric and shares [...]

5 words that don’t mean what they used to mean

“Words over time have a way of just oozing around,” says linguist John McWhorter. Below, he traces the evolution of five words that have spent millennia drifting from one meaning into another: 1. Audition Shouldn’t audition mean in terms of what we otherwise expect [...]

40 brilliant idioms that can’t be translated literally

It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. TED Translators are often challenged to translate English idioms into other [...]

The language of lying (in TED-ED GIFs)

We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect them, from medieval torture devices to polygraphs, blood pressure and breathing monitors, voice stress analyzers, eye trackers, infrared [...]

5 TED-Ed Lessons by TED2016 speakers

Curiosity is the ultimate discovery tool. It can lead us to dream about the future, or question the world around us, or discover new ideas worth spreading. Ready to sharpen your curiosity this week? Watch the 5 TED-Ed Lessons below [...]

How to learn a new language: 7 tips from TED Translators

Knowing more than one language is great for your brain. But what’s the best way to learn? TED’s Open Translation Project volunteers share 7 tips: Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German [...]