Recommended 3-minute TED Talks for developing your English speaking and pronunciation proficiency

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity

Gregory Petsko: The coming neurological epidemic

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!

Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey”

Kevin Surace invents eco-friendly drywall

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbor life?

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion (7:48)

 

Yes:

Adam Grosser: A mobile fridge for vaccines

Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

Kirk Citron: And now, the real news

Edward Burtynsky photographs the landscape of oil

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

Renny Gleeson on antisocial phone tricks

 

Yes, but challenging accent:

Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater

Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies

 

Possibly:

Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes

Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling

Gel: Gotta share! (CC but no transcript)

Stacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting

Dean Ornish: The world’s killer diet

Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success

 

Probably not:

Lee Cronin: Print your own medicine

Terry Moore: Why is ‘x’ the unknown?

Murray Gell-Mann on the ancestor of language

David Hoffman shares his Sputnik mania

Steve Jurvetson on model rocketry

 

Not:

Bruno Maisonnier: Dance, tiny robots!

Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?

A TED speaker’s worst nightmare

Inara George sings ‘Family Tree’

Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

Jok Church: A circle of caring

Mitchell Joachim: Don’t build your home, grow it!

David Byrne sings “(Nothing But) Flowers”

Jor-El: Last-ditch appeal to save the planet (source YouTube account has been terminated)

Bobby McFerrin plays… the audience! (no transcript)

Taylor Mali: What teachers make (no transcript)

Matthew White gives the euphonium a new voice (no transcript)

Imogen Heap plays “Wait It Out”

Qi Zhang’s electrifying organ performance (no transcript)

Pete Alcorn on the world in 2200

Yves Behar’s supercharged motorcycle design

Naturally 7 beatboxes a whole band

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC

Nick Sears demos the Orb

Andy Hobsbawm says: Do the green thing

Rives: A story of mixed emoticons

Laura Trice suggests we all say thank you

Nellie McKay sings “The Dog Song”

Bruno Bowden folds while Rufus Cappadocia plays

Marisa Fick-Jordan shares the wonder of Zulu wire art

Sxip Shirey breathes music and passion

Nellie McKay sings “Clonie”

Kenichi Ebina’s magic moves

Ethel performs “Blue Room”

Stewart Brand on squatter cities

Dolby + Garniez play “La Vie en Rose”

Jill Sobule sings to Al Gore


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