TED Translators

TED Translators

TED Translators are volunteers who subtitle TED Talks to help disseminate knowledge, research and big ideas across languages and borders.

History

The idea of translating TED Talks came about by popular demand. Passionate viewers around the world started asking if they could translate talks in order to share their favorite ideas and impressive research with friends and family. (Some were even sending us finished translations!) Recognizing a real need — and an opportunity to radically open accessibility — TED developed a system to allow volunteers to translate their most-loved talks into any language.

The program launched in 2009, with 300 translations in 40 languages, created by 200 volunteer translators. Today, more than 120,000 translations have been published in 116 languages (and counting), created by more than 33,000 volunteers. In 2012, the program expanded to include the transcription and translation of TEDx Talks, the translation of TED-Ed lessons and the translation of content distributed by worldwide partners who help grow TED’s global footprint.


News

A new TED Translators reviewer tutorial

Last December, we published an updated TED Translators tutorial as part of our revamped onboarding process for new volunteers. That animated video highlights both fundame...

TED Translators in Thailand

This past weekend, after meeting with and connecting TED Translators and TEDx organizers in Vietnam earlier in the week, Jenny Zurawell and Helena Batt traveled to Thai...
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Stats

116 languages
34,964 translators
162,080 translations