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Should Debates be allowed in another languages?

My strongest is my native language (Spanish) and I would feel more comfortable debating and making my point in that language. Since TED is a global iniciative, maybe we shouldn't limite the interchange or spreading of ideas to one language. Do you think others can feel that way or should we treat English as the main language for TED?


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  • Feb 17 2011: Why not a multi threaded- multi lingual approach?
    I'm pretty fluent in both Spanish and English, for example. I could seed a question or start a debate in both (imagine a tree with 2 branches). Those who can also write in both languages could answer in both branches, those fluent in only one of them could post on their branch, or start a new branch if they know another language. There could be an option to collaboratively translate popular or relevant answers so that they could appear trough all the language branches.

    (Imagining this, I see it would be amazing to have a visual representation of a particularly intense debate trough different branches/languages. Ideas do spread like wildfires after all.)

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