Watch experts Mia Nacamull, John McWhorter, Lera Boroditsky, and Lýdia Machová talk about why it is important to learn another foreign language. By speaking two languages or more, not only you can connect with more people around the world, but your communication skills will be sharper and even enhance your health! Check out some of the best TED Talks® Videos on Learning Languages:
Which one of the following TED Talks is your favorite?
The Secrets of Learning a New Language
In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages) and shares four principles to help unlock your own hidden language talent -- and have fun while doing it. Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová.
The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain
Mia Nacamulli narrates about three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged. We all know more than one language can brings advantages while traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there certainly more benefits to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain.
Four Reasons to Learn a New Language
John McWhorter, Linguist and Columbia professor, shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue. English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Find out!
How Language Shapes the Way We Think
Cognitive scientist, Lera Boroditsky, claims there are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? According to Lera Boroditsky , "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is. Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."