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Patricia Ryan :
Don't insist on English!

TEDxDubai · 10:35 · Filmed Dec 2010
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Patricia Ryan : Don't insist on English!
10:35 · Filmed December 2010 at TEDxDubai · Subtitles available in 49 languages

In her talk, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas. (Filmed at TEDxDubai.)

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Patricia Ryan has spent the past three-plus decades teaching English in Arabic countries — where she has seen vast cultural (and linguistic) change. Full bio
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