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The benefits of a bilingual brain

Speaker: Mia Nacamulli It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the

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Why is ‘x’ the unknown?

Speaker: Terry Moore Why is ‘x’ the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer. Source:https://ted.com/ (tarjima vaqtiga videodagi TED logotipli kirish qismi hisobga olinmagan) Uzbek Subtitles: 0:01 – 0:04 Menda hammamizni

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Why is there a “b” in doubt?

Speaker: Gina Cooke Say the word “doubt” aloud. What is that “b” doing there? Does it have any purpose? Gina Cooke explains the long and winding history of “doubt” and why the spelling though it seems random is a wink

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Learn to read Chinese … with ease!

Speaker: ShaoLan For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas

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The secrets of learning a new language

Speaker: Lýdia Machová 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. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of

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How to write fiction that comes alive

The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson

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Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions

Speaker: John Koenig John Koenig loves finding words that express our unarticulated feelings — like “lachesism,” the hunger for disaster, and “sonder,” the realization that everyone else’s lives are as complex and unknowable as our own. Here, he meditates on

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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious

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Did Shakespeare write his plays?

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/did-shakespeare-write-his-plays-natalya-st-clair-and-aaron-williams Some people question whether Shakespeare really wrote the works that bear his name – or whether he even existed at all. Could it be true that the greatest writer in the English language was as fictional as

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The language of lying

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-language-of-lying-noah-zandan We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And although we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect these lies by tracking physiological changes in their tellers, these methods have proved

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