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Tung Le

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How do I use TED to learn english?

Hello everybody

I want to learn english by using ted.com
Can you help me?

Thank you!
P/s: Please sympathize with my rather bad English ability
(English is not my native language)

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    Jul 7 2012: Listen to the TED talks on a subject that is familiar to you.

    Alongside the videos, there is typically a written transcript in English. Reading that after the talk, or pausing the talk now and then to read, may help you keep up if the spoken language feels to fast.

    Jan-Bernd below suggests you also read the comments in TED Conversations. The one thing you need to remember in doing that is that we are not all native speakers of English here. People will make mistakes in grammar, spelling, diction, and punctuation even if they are native speakers.

    From where you are as an English language learner, you should feel free to participate and know that no one will hold against you that you are not fluent. Many here are not. Conversing in English is an excellent way of learning the language, more to be able to communicate your ideas so that others understand than to refine your skills in written and spoken English.
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      Jul 7 2012: Thank you so much.
      Ah, do you know why I can't upload my avatar?
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        Jul 7 2012: My be the picture you have choosen is to big in size for uploading or it comes in format which the TED system can not process. I used a small *.jpg picture I had of me and reduced it in its size with a picture processing software. It should work for you as well, just try again.
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          Jul 7 2012: Thanks but I have choosen is correct.
          The system show my picture have uploaded 100%, but I can't still see my avatar.
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        Jul 7 2012: I can't see it either. Hmm, interesting. Maybe you should contact TED directly, if this problem remains.
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    Jul 7 2012: Watch as many videos as you can. Use Vietnamese subtitles were available to learn new vocabulary. Read as many comments in TED conversations as you can, look up words you don't know and learn from English natives how they construct their sentences. That's all you can do here at TED to improve your language skills.
  • Jul 23 2012: My friend. I learn english by finding songs, reading and singing their lyrics. You will be amazed you much fun is to learn english.
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    Jul 10 2012: Tung Le thân mến,
    Dưới đây là một ý tưởng. Bạn có thể sử dụng TED và "google translate". Đơn giản chỉ cần gõ trong các bình luận của bạn, và nó sẽ tự động dịch. Bạn có thể tìm hiểu như bạn đi cùng. Chúc may mắn:>)
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      Jul 10 2012: Thanks Colleen

      I usually use google translate, but I see "google translate" sometime translate incorrect, example about: grammar. meaning ...
      I think "google translate" translate words well, but translate sentence so bad.
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        Jul 10 2012: I agree Tung Le, it is not the perfect way to learn a language. It is simply another tool. People on this thread have provided some good ideas...watch as many videos as possible, read the transcripts, participate in discussions, and you can continue to refine your use of the language. And remember...those of us who know english as our first language do not always use it perfectly. I wish I could speak and write YOUR language as well as you write my first language! I am joyfully honored that so many people in our world speak MY first language:>)
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          Jul 10 2012: Thank you so much, Colleen.
          You give me more motivation.
          one day, I hope we can meet and talk by english together.
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        Jul 10 2012: Dear Tung Le,
        It would be enjoyable to meet and share thoughts, feelings and ideas in english. I look forward, with anticipation, to that day:>) And here we are...already sharing a conversation!
        Tôi tự hào của bạn.
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    Jul 9 2012: Sometimes a TED contributor will offer a criitique of your use of English, for example:
    1) In your bold print headline you chose the word "learning". The correct word is "learn".
    2) In line 1 insert a comma after the word "Hello". Capitalize "english".
    3) In line 2 change "learning" to "learn". Insert the word "using" after the word "by".
    4) In line 3 the word "can" should replace the word "may".
    5) In line 5 change the word "for" to "with". Insert a period at the end .
    6) In line 6 you do not need the word "unfortunately". Insert a period at the end.
    Your command of English is impressive. Do not quit studying. Congratulations!
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      Jul 9 2012: Edward, I would often be grateful for the same help. Email anytime!
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        Jul 9 2012: Oh please! Upon review of your Profile I suspect you are making a jest about needing help with the Queen's English. I cannot improve upon your use of English. Now, if you need help being caustic, sophomoric and/or vituperative, I'm your man!
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          Jul 9 2012: Hey
          Edward, you know by now that I am too dull to pull your leg. In fact, I do have a great education but it is because my strength is in drawing out meaning. Even now I cannot do what you did for Tung Le because my grasp on these things is poor. I hated APA style and never really learned that either. My request was quite sincere- as I always am even when I am wrong.
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        Jul 9 2012: OK. If I see you commit a literary faux pas I will email you a suggested correction in a plain brown wrapper. I still think you might be funning me though.
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      Jul 10 2012: Edward, thank you so much!
  • Jul 26 2012: Is our ideas helping?