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I stumbled onto TED while preparing my MBA Final Thesis. I was writing a chapter on plain language, and Google brought me to the TEDTalk of Alan Siegel. I translated it into Dutch, just to get a feeling of how the translation dynamics worked. I liked it so much that I decided to try to 'make a small contribution' by becoming a TED Translator. Since I'm a true philologist (word-lover), this is in fact just fun to me. In the process, I have come across zillions of interesting ideas, and interesting people.

Els De Keyser, Dutch, French and Italian TED Translator


Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), dt. Dichter