TED Translators are volunteers who subtitle TED Talks, and enable the inspiring ideas in them to crisscross languages and borders.
Indra Ganzorig is a TED Translator and TEDx organizer based in Bangkok, Thailand. Born and raised in Mongolia, Indra attended the country’s National University, where she began translating TED Talks into Mongolian. We talked to Indra over email about the growing translation community in her home country.
Across languages, idioms express ideas that can be difficult to pin down if you only consider literal meaning. Cultural context is key. At TEDSummit 2016, TED Translators used idioms from their native languages to connect with other Summit attendees.
Asqat Yerkimbay translates TED Talks into Kazakh to prove his native language can express today's big ideas. Through his NGO and a weekly gathering called Chay-Fi (tea + wifi), Asqat brings together volunteers who are helping to
increase the use of Kazakh — online and offline.
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