TED Translators

TED Translators

TED Translators are volunteers who subtitle TED Talks to help big ideas crisscross languages and borders.


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 them 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 favorite 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 115 languages (and counting), created by more than 28,000 volunteers. In 2012, the program expanded to include the transcription and translation of TEDxTalks, the translation of TED-Ed lessons and the translation of content distributed by worldwide partners who help grow TED’s global footprint.


Building Japan’s TED Translators community

Photo courtesy of Tomoyuki Suzuki. Near the end of last month, Tomoyuki Suzuki, one of 15 TED Translators who attended TED2018 in April, organized and put on a translator gather...

TEDx dispatch: TEDxDrewUniversity

Drew University’s concert hall awaits the day’s action. (Photo credit: Lynne DeLade.) On Saturday, April 14, the inaugural TEDxDrewUniversity conference went down at Drew Univer...
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116 languages
31,044 translators
132,115 translations