TED Channel for learning English

TED (Technology, Education, Design) is a conference held annually that features some of the best thinkers and presenters in the world. Their videos are very popular on EnglishCentral, for advanced level speakers and now we have a TED channel.

Yes, now it is really easy to find all our TED video lessons.  Sort by your level.  Most are in a series so you can study one part and then come back and study the next later.

Get all our other wonderful channels through our Video Browse page. 

Here are my quick Top 5 TED talks on EnglishCentral. (just my own preferences)

1. Ken Robinson: Schools Kill Creativity

– so intelligent but so humorous. A brilliant speech about the need to change education.

2.  Deb Roy – The Birth Of A Word

–  valuable insights into how children learn language from real children and how they first learn to speak and make “words”.

3.  Rick Smolan – A girl, A photograph, A homecoming

– you’ll never forget this true story of a photographer who adopts a S.Korean orphan.  Powerful.

4.  Daniel Pink – The Surprising Science Of Motivation

–  a classic and you’ll learn about how the small things impact human behavior

5.  Jay Walker- English Mania

–  overview of how English is everywhere in the world and a growing force bringing cultures together.

What’s your favorite TED talk? Why?



  1. secircle says:

    I am a big fan of EnglishCentral, and have been using this service from the beginning. In retrospect, I could learn my English pronunciation mostly from the TED videos. Speakers in TED talks are great and their contents are also very touching. However, it seems EnglishCentral stopped updating TED talks. This is a huge let down. I tried other videos, (most recently, VOA) but these videos have short choppy sentences and poor contents. Most importantly, these were not enjoyable, and even worse, boring. Please add more TED talks! Bring back the joy of learning great speeches in our time.


    • ddeubel says:

      Hi secircle,

      Thank you so much for the feedback and we always love hearing back from our “fans”. Thank you for your support.

      Yes, we understand the problem you describe and will continue to add to our TED video catalog. Could you recommend some TED Talks that you think would be useful for yourself and other EnglishCentral members to study? That would be a big help.

      Thanks and we’ll update you soon.


      • Thank you for the response! Well, it’s very hard to pick one or two TED videos, but I would start from Jamie Oliver’s talk on food problem in America (http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver).

        As I practice English pronunciations, it becomes more about the intonation and linking, rather than mere pronunciation on each specific word. Intonation and linking, of course, are affected by the tone, speed, and the content of the sentence itself. Dry sentences from VOA does not really help in this case. Fabulous speeches, especially in TED talks, really help me to learn those things (tone, intonation, feeling, and speed) as I compare their speeches with mine. Even more interestingly, some users are leaving comments (mostly good ones) after they watch TED videos. You cannot see these things from other dry videos.

        I think the EnglishCentral would have a big advantage if the service also focuses on these things on top of the current word-by-word practice by having more great videos. Of course, fun videos (i.e., advertisements) make the practice bearable. But, inspiring videos (again, TED talks, for example) really makes me to come back to the EnglishCentral everyday, hoping to see more videos.

        Thank you for listening to me, I hope to see more great videos from EnglishCentral.


  2. ddeubel says:

    That’s a good start. Thanks. I’ll be sure to relay your message to our content team for their “digestion” and review.

    I agree, motivational language is key for higher level learners. Especially if it has a narrative (story) that provides context and understanding.

    Thanks again.


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