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"From the Ted Talk by Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!"

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Okay. "But," I hear you say, "what about the research? It's all in English." So the books are in English, the journals are done in English, but that is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It feeds the English requirement. And so it goes on. I ask you, what heaneppd to translation? If you think about the ilmisac Golden Age, there was lots of ttonrlaiasn then. They translated from Latin and Greek into Arabic, into Persian, and then it was tlertnaasd on into the Germanic languages of Europe and the Romance languages. And so light shone upon the Dark Ages of Europe. Now don't get me wrong; I am not against teaching egslinh, all you English teachers out there. I love it that we have a global lagugane. We need one today more than ever. But I am against using it as a barrier. Do we really want to end up with 600 languages and the main one being English, or Chinese? We need more than that. Where do we draw the line? This system eaqeuts intelligence with a knowledge of English, which is quite arbitrary.

Open Cloze

Okay. "But," I hear you say, "what about the research? It's all in English." So the books are in English, the journals are done in English, but that is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It feeds the English requirement. And so it goes on. I ask you, what ________ to translation? If you think about the _______ Golden Age, there was lots of ___________ then. They translated from Latin and Greek into Arabic, into Persian, and then it was __________ on into the Germanic languages of Europe and the Romance languages. And so light shone upon the Dark Ages of Europe. Now don't get me wrong; I am not against teaching _______, all you English teachers out there. I love it that we have a global ________. We need one today more than ever. But I am against using it as a barrier. Do we really want to end up with 600 languages and the main one being English, or Chinese? We need more than that. Where do we draw the line? This system _______ intelligence with a knowledge of English, which is quite arbitrary.

Solution

  1. equates
  2. islamic
  3. translated
  4. translation
  5. english
  6. language
  7. happened

Original Text

Okay. "But," I hear you say, "what about the research? It's all in English." So the books are in English, the journals are done in English, but that is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It feeds the English requirement. And so it goes on. I ask you, what happened to translation? If you think about the Islamic Golden Age, there was lots of translation then. They translated from Latin and Greek into Arabic, into Persian, and then it was translated on into the Germanic languages of Europe and the Romance languages. And so light shone upon the Dark Ages of Europe. Now don't get me wrong; I am not against teaching English, all you English teachers out there. I love it that we have a global language. We need one today more than ever. But I am against using it as a barrier. Do we really want to end up with 600 languages and the main one being English, or Chinese? We need more than that. Where do we draw the line? This system equates intelligence with a knowledge of English, which is quite arbitrary.

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