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From Lebanon to the world: Why today’s talk on the beauty of Arabic is so important right now

One of my resolutions this year is to learn Arabic while I’m in Beirut, so here goes…

TED Blog

By the organizers of TEDxBeirut

Archaeologists believe that Phoenician traders, who set out from the shores of Lebanon, spread their alphabet across the ancient Mediterranean world, unleashing a chain reaction that they couldn’t have conceived of even in their wildest dreams. Today, we are honored to spread that word again as Suzanne Talhouk’s talk from TEDxBeirut, “Don’t kill your language,” becomes the first talk in Arabic featured on TED.com.[ted_talkteaser id=1803 lang=en]

Like the alphabet of those Phoenician traders, this talk emerged from a deep-rooted need that TEDxBeirut has come to satisfy — the itch to speak out on the issues that matter to people here in Lebanon.

To Speak the Truth

The release of this talk comes at a particularly difficult moment for the Arabic language and for Lebanon, as both are still trying to find their place in the world. For both, the potential is all there:…

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