“Don’t Insist on English” Patricia Ryan
Sometimes you find tips about our industry in the unlikeliest of places. Although TED talks are highly recognized and are a great source of information and insight, not too many of them focus on translation or the language industry per se. In the following lecture, Patricia Ryan discusses language loss and the globalization of English. Because of globalization and economy, English has been the most preferred and spoken language for business around the world, and because of this cultural globalization and language education, we may be contributing to language loss and the diffusion of new ideas. Focusing solely on English, she argues, we are diminishing the importance of other languages and the importance of contributions other cultures have to offer.