Idioms around the world

Idioms express small bits of wisdom. Without cultural context, idioms can be difficult to understand, even if you know the literal meaning of each word. TED Translators overcome a similar challenge each time they translate TED Talks.

Below are colorful idioms contributed by TED Translators from around the world.

TED2017

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TEDSummit 2016

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About TED Translators
TED Translators are volunteers who subtitle TED Talks to help extraordinary ideas flow across languages and borders. The program launched in 2009. Today there are 111,000 translations published in 114 languages.

About the illustrator
Masahito Leo Takeuchi is an illustrator based in London, specializing in playful illustrations inspired by nature, daydreams and the Japanese kawaii culture.