Wednesday Video Fix – Patricia Ryan – Don’t insist on English!


This week’s Wednesday Video Fix (10:36) is a speech given by Patricia Ryan for TED in which she 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.

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

(Source: TED)