Original post can be found at TED-Subtitles!

“TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.”

I don’t know how many times I have clicked on a link only to discover it was a TED video which was always disappointing!  It was always about a topic that sounded fascinating and would bother me that I didn’t get the chance to learn more about it.  TED videos weren’t subtitled a few years ago.  After a while I got in the habit of not bothering to click “play” on the video once I realized it was a TED video…..until recently.

A few weeks ago I forgot that TED videos weren’t captioned and saw a video about genetics that I just had to watch.  I didn’t want to get my hopes up but much to my surprise it was subtitled!  I started clicking on other videos and discovered that many other videos had subtitles as well.

I did some research and learned that in 2009 TED took steps to start subtitling videos through their TED Open Translation Project with volunteer translators thanks to a sponsorship from Nokia.  They currently have videos published in over 80 languages.  For more information about the project go to TED Translations.

Here’s a quote from their website that is music to my eyes…..Every talk on TED.com will now have English subtitles, which can be toggled on or off by the user.”

It’s an amazing feeling to be able to access these videos.  It’s awesome knowing I now have access to exciting and groundbreaking ideas!

Major thanks and props to TED and their volunteer translators!


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