Breaking the language barrier | Tim Doner Learning a language? Speak it like 4 months ago   16:27

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Tim Doner is a senior at the Dalton School in New York City who has studied over 20 languages. His interest started at the age of 13, after several years of French and Latin, when he began learning Hebrew and soon moved on to more obscure tongues such as Pashto, Ojibwe and Swahili. As he describes it, his goal is not to achieve fluency in each, but rather to learn about foreign history and culture through the medium of language. He spends much of his time perfecting his linguistic skills in different neighborhoods around the city, and to date his Youtube channel has received over 3 million hits. Tim has been interviewed (in English, Mandarin, Arabic and Farsi, among others) for media outlets such as The New York Times, BBC, The Today Show, Reuters and The Economist. He is starting his freshman year at Harvard next year and plans to study linguistics.

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"You can translate words easily, but you can't quite translate meaning." - Tim Doner, 2014.
footballXdankmemesXmusic r my purpose to live
Damn, I honestly don't hit shots, I hit Boston Massacres
L Sandra Pineda
The enthusiasm for learning languages from Tim is moving. I usually force myself to watch ted talks, this was very enjoyable.
Raghavendra Rao
this kid is awesome...
Heru Setiawan
I'm Indonesian and proud with my bahasa, but never stop to learn english :)
Yoav Jacoby
10:55 זורח
is not zo-reh its zo-re-a-h
Fatemeh Hoseyni
Persain explanation was nice😄
as an indigenous First Nations person I’m so thankful to see him learn Ojibwe ? I’m not even Ojibwe but to see someone who isn’t native to be interested in learning an indigenous language is so touching
Alisher Amirov
Great. Thank you!
Okay. I have a crush on him and I don't know what to do now.
Aseel Al-Bokhari
Omggg! My mother tongue is Arabic, and his Arabic was on point.
And his speech was truly inspiring, as well as humorous. I truly enjoyed it.
Faisol Jeksea
sigmund freud
Dude you don't speak turkish well. Because your accent is kind of foreign than turkish language but it doesn't matter . After all we can learn something when we make a mistake. There is only we can say congratulations!( I'm sure that i must improve my skills in english by the way :) )
Гульмира Кененбаева
His Russia language is incredible so clear,perfect job
Anton Anton
Does he really speak those languages? I meant, wow... 22 languages to fluent... While I am still in 4 languages and got the international certificate of B1 both German and French, and gotta learn those language in the embassy.
dodou Saidy
You're the best..
Marc Cohen
14:34 What is 'exonicize'? Did I misunderstand or did he mix up his other languages with English?
why people laugh at 10:46 ?
Beyza Özbek
I am Turkish and his accent is not that bad bu he should improve it. It sounds a little bit strange when he speaks Turkish
Saim Ali Shahid
Those three string of words he used for hebrew really encapsulates the rise of Israel.
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Learning a language? Speak it like Breaking the language barrier | Tim Doner 4 months ago   15:31

Marianna Pascal shows how the secret to speaking a new language with confidence is all about attitude, not ability.

Marianna Pascal helps professionals achieve greater success in life by communicating effectively in English. Marianna began her career as an actor and performed across her native Canada in film television and on stage for 15 years. Today, Marianna improves the way employees relate to their bosses, clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders. Marianna is also the Official Communication Trainer for Miss Malaysia World.
An award-wining speaker, Marianna is known for her humorous speech on Youtube titled "Local English or Standard English" which has been seen by over a million people worldwide. Marianna is also the author of the best-selling book series English Fast & Easy. The most recent was #2 on Borders' Best-Selling List for non-fiction.

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