Are you an intermediate or advanced English student? TED Talks are a great way to improve your English listening skills. Passionate speakers talk about a variety of fascinating topics at TED (Technology, Education, and Design) Conferences every year.
You can watch videos of many TED Talks on their website, or you can subscribe to their podcast to listen on the go. If you find the talk too challenging to understand, you can turn on the English captions for help (though it’s best to try to listen once without captions).
Start with these seven TED Talks from speakers talking about important issues of their countries and cultures.
The beauty of human skin in every color
Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass talks about her portrait project, Humanæ. Her goal is to explore the beautiful and complex diversity of human skin.
My Escape from North Korea
Hyeonseo Lee describes her childhood in North Korea, where she believed that her country was a wonderful place until the famine of the 1990’s. She left and became a refugee in China when she was only 14.
A Black Man in America’s Whitest Towns
Racial tensions in the U.S. are all over the news. Rich Benjamin, an African American man, spent time living in the country’s whitest towns. Here’s what he learned.