Impressive!!! Wonderful way to tell a story about life and death … all with just pieces of paper!
Having to study Mandarin/Chinese as part of my education in both primary and high school in Singapore, I can totally understand the difficulties for anyone to pick up the language.
Even though I’m Chinese, we hardly spoke Mandarin at home. Our conversations were mostly in English and Cantonese.
So, ShaoLan’s way of teaching Mandarin definitely makes the learning pains a little easier to bear.
This might inspire me to improve on my Mandarin language skills.
(via TED Blog)
I must say that this was a truly inspiring talk by neuroanatomnist Jill Bolte Taylor at TED 2008. And from what I’ve been reading on the blogosphere, some even consider it the best talk at TED 2008. I, for one, was definitely glued to the screen the whole time the video was playing. And I was a little emotional at certain parts of the video.
I think when you are really attached to the topic that you are speaking about, then your emotions show through and thus make the audience connect with you on a higher level. Well, I hope to be able to make such presentations / talks some day.
Anyway, go watch the video!