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Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!

In her talk, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan 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. (Filmed at TEDxDubai.) http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_ryan_ideas_in_all_languages_not_just_english.html
statistic (n)
a number that represents a piece of information (such as information about how often something is done, how common something is, etc.)
globalization (v)
to make (something) cover, involve, or affect the entire world
cosmetics (n)
a substance (such as a cream, lotion, or powder) that you put on your face or body to improve your appearance
unprecedented (adj)
not done or experienced before
undisputed (adj)
1.definitely true : not doubted or questioned
2. accepted by everyon
morphed (v)
1.of an image on a screen : to gradually change into a different image
2.to change gradually and completely from one thing into another thing usually in a way that is surprising or that seems magical
pursue (v)
1. to follow and try to catch or capture (someone or something) for usually a long distance or time
2.to try to get or do (something) over a period of time
monolingual (adj)
able to speak and understand only one language
narrow (adj) - (v)
1.long and not wide : small from one side to the other side
2. including or involving a small number of things or people : limited in range or amount
3. almost not successful : very close to failure
barrier (n)
something (such as a fence or natural obstacle) that prevents or blocks movement from one place to another
becoming real or true because it was predicted or expected
segment (adj)
1.a part of a straight line between two points
2.one of the parts into which something can be divided
equates (adj)
to say or think that (two things) are equal or the same
arbitrary (adj)
not planned or chosen for a particular reason
prohibitive (adj)
stopping people from using or doing something
something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions
a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar