The most important language you will EVER learn | Poet Ali | TEDxOrangeCoast

  • Published on Oct 23, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Do you speak this language? Do you share the experience? These are questions that Poet Ali masterfully tries to answer in an original narrative. This talk explains why we should all learn the most important language that unites us all.

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    Poet Ali is a Motivational Speaker, Actor, Writer, and Hip Hop Troubadour. He has used his voice and talents to be an advocate for many causes. He has toured global stages in Italy, Spain, the U.K., the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the U.S. As a Motivational Speaker he has been invited to share his talents at multiple national and international conferences and the TED talk stage. He has had many careers: Dancer/Choreographer, Editorial Writer, DJ, Percussionist, Hip Hop Artist, Actor, Teacher, Entrepreneur, Performer, and Speaker. Poet is currently on tour reaching out to the youth through his music, empowerment, and activism and owns a Production Studio in Long Beach, California where he works with Artists, Producers, and Writers from all over the world. Find out much more and join him at:
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Comments • 922

  • Mubarok Hussain
    Mubarok Hussain 26 days ago +1

    My language is Bangla. This is the language for what Bangladesh’s People sacrificed their lives. For them we celebrate International Mother Language Day on 21 st February. Respect to all languages

  • Lilit Manukyan
    Lilit Manukyan Month ago

    Great talk! I’m speechless:)

  • Mai Zi
    Mai Zi Month ago

    I can speak whale 🐋

  • Slurm Mc Kenzie
    Slurm Mc Kenzie Month ago

    14:27 I thought he was talking talking about muhdick...

  • GeneralMerten
    GeneralMerten Month ago

    Eminem;" i fear no man, but this dude...scares me"

  • Mateus Silva
    Mateus Silva Month ago


  • Declan O'Gorman
    Declan O'Gorman Month ago

    This is just marvellous, thank you.

  • Park Hyun-Jae
    Park Hyun-Jae Month ago +1

    I think it’s amazing how many different languages there are in the world & how each one has it’s own “World” for those who speak it.

  • Shimon Oren
    Shimon Oren 2 months ago


  • Daniel Hailemariam
    Daniel Hailemariam 2 months ago +1

    great explanations and briefing specially on different language.

  • ********
    ******** 2 months ago

    I do not agree with all said. There are aspects of communication and even of language which are not shared. They bring misunderstandings. Only if the other person who doesn't speak your language is patient, and caring and kind and not paranoiac, and not incredibly biased, will have the patience and give you the opportunity to convey the message. Many people are too busy or too scared to give some of us that chance. That can turn to be dangerous. As an illustration of what I'm saying, ask a Bulgarian person who has not been much in contact with the rest of Europe or living in the USA for a while if she wants a scoop of her favorite ice cream. She must answer just with a movement of her head, no words... I can give many other examples... Awesome TED talk!

  • The_Biblioklept
    The_Biblioklept 2 months ago +1

    As a linguist I have to disagree with a lot of this.

  • ranichi mourishin
    ranichi mourishin 2 months ago +1

    he is so talented

  • Patrick Sandro Nonn
    Patrick Sandro Nonn 2 months ago +1

    I knew from the beginning that your speech would lead to the language of love. Thanks alot from my viewpoint as a writer. One of the best speeches, perhaps even the best speech ever.

  • Nikki Diamond-Christudas

    I feel that Farsi humility, I dated a Farsi-speaking man many many years ago.

  • Nero Bautista II
    Nero Bautista II 2 months ago

    damn, so on point!

  • overthehill91
    overthehill91 3 months ago

    In linguistics, we only consider the spoken Language. Writing systems are just auxiliary means by which to anaylze it.

  • Marco Batista
    Marco Batista 3 months ago

    damn... That was deep

  • Tama
    Tama 3 months ago +1

    What you said at 12:48 is very impressive. Thanks, Poet Ali, for saying those words in probably the most wonderful way possible.
    I believe, this language, of being the minority,
    is one of the most important languages you can ever learn.
    At some point in our life, we'll all be in that position of compromise,
    and at some point, we'll all be in that position of power.
    And if you can tap into what you felt
    when you were that minority,
    how you handled that power,
    it will be an immense gift that you can give to the world.

  • Jesus Montejano
    Jesus Montejano 3 months ago +1

    7:29 what you came for.

  • RawPeds
    RawPeds 3 months ago

    Fun talk!

  • Conor Patrick Clarke
    Conor Patrick Clarke 3 months ago

    Absolutely Amazing!

  • Holes on Moon
    Holes on Moon 3 months ago

    Ohh the last part with it could be a rap song..

  • Eva Apple
    Eva Apple 3 months ago +1

    how did that go ... ? I am the dirt beneath your feet.

  • Brynn Fischer-Carne
    Brynn Fischer-Carne 3 months ago

    best TedTalk I have seen

  • AntieDragon
    AntieDragon 3 months ago

    13:31 Top 10 Rappers eminem was afraid to diss

  • Chanelle Atkinson
    Chanelle Atkinson 3 months ago

    Fantastic talk! I only wish he included sign language. The definition of language leave sign out as if it doesnt count because it's not apparently spoken. For a talk about a man breaking down language barriers it would have been profound to include sign also

  • WonderWhy
    WonderWhy 3 months ago

    Liked the video but this dude straight sounds like a pastor.. Was waiting for an alter call

  • Romell Mazon.
    Romell Mazon. 3 months ago

    What a beast this guy is ! Respect

  • Brazilian Dawah
    Brazilian Dawah 3 months ago


  • Rory Power Breen
    Rory Power Breen 3 months ago +1

    Sarcastic!!! (Best language)

  • John Smith
    John Smith 3 months ago

    I speak a foreign language...its logic.

  • Amin M
    Amin M 3 months ago

    I speak 3 languages: French, Arabic and English and I’m Lebanese

  • Bahar Osman
    Bahar Osman 4 months ago

    About 90%of Kurdish people say we know three languages,Kurdish, Arabic and English but if u ask them: could speak Arabic or English ?
    then they say ummmmmmm

    JEFFREY KAO 4 months ago

    If you learn English, 中文(Chinese) and Spanish you will be pretty successful in society

  • Redar
    Redar 4 months ago

    This I believe is one of the best Ted talk out there! Share it.

  • Fully Cinematic Machine Fun

    Coding and Calculus included?

  • joylyn wakayama
    joylyn wakayama 5 months ago

    The best of the best TED talk i’ve ever seen and listened. Salute to you Poet Ali.

  • Qju
    Qju 5 months ago

    God damn! He made me cry... This is just beautiful.

  • Yue Wong
    Yue Wong 5 months ago

    Thank you。

  • nozecone
    nozecone 5 months ago

    "Everybody talkin' 'bout that same ol' thang ... "

  • Katya Ilchenko
    Katya Ilchenko 5 months ago +1

    This speech is in my top of the best speeches ever!

  • uni
    uni 5 months ago +1

    He looks, sounds and speaks kinda like *markus* from
    *detroit become human*

  • Michael Bacon
    Michael Bacon 5 months ago +1

    i liked this ted talk but those still aren't languages....

  • uni
    uni 5 months ago +1

    I do agree with what he said about the language of experince, ppl who share same experiences understand and feel each other, we usually make friends based on that.. Bcoz we can relate to them, its like magic when the other person not only understands but also feels u, but according to a scientist if we had a powerful enuf language we can describe how colours feel to a blind person who has never seen a single colour in his entier life (without the need for them to experince it)

    My point is i wasnt in 9/11 towers when the incident happened but i can still feel what they felt through words (maybe its not 100% precisely the same but then again even the ppl there didnt have the same feeling probably bcoz everyone is different?)
    This whole thing kinda reminds me when morpheous tells new "i know EXACTLY what u mean" in the matrixmovie

  • DecodingSpanish
    DecodingSpanish 5 months ago

    “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” - Flora Lewis
    As a Spanish teacher with German and English proficiency, I totally agree with this.

  • Ingrid Fortmeyer
    Ingrid Fortmeyer 6 months ago

    Awesome. Thank you.

  • Livin Gunk
    Livin Gunk 6 months ago

    Some people can never learn another language. It comes from your genes.

  • Kenny Arias
    Kenny Arias 6 months ago

    plot twist: the answer is actually esperanto

  • Nemo_CC
    Nemo_CC 6 months ago

    me and my friends created a secret language to use to talk across class ( as in hand movements ) i wonder if that's considered lol

  • Matthew Abdar
    Matthew Abdar 6 months ago

    i speak 5 hhhh

  • Laura Whitney
    Laura Whitney 6 months ago +1

    This is my favourite TED talk, my favourite performance, the content is on point 🙌🏽 and I completely agree. I have a whole channel about what he is talking about, this is one of my passions 💞

  • Ailurophile
    Ailurophile 7 months ago

    I legit came here to learn about language-learning tips. Instead I got this

  • zucaymon
    zucaymon 7 months ago +3

    Best thing I saw and heard today ...The Language ....Thank You TEDx Talks for getting this magical being ~Poet Ali and all other experts on the platform. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Miss Punkcake
    Miss Punkcake 7 months ago

    Maravillosa conferencia y excelente consejo final :)

  • Ric Sanches
    Ric Sanches 7 months ago

    Ok when he was thinking about falling buildings I thought of Syria, they are humans too

  • Hong A
    Hong A 7 months ago +2

    Thank you. You are an amazing and affectionate speaker.

  • ملهم الملهم
    ملهم الملهم 7 months ago

    فهمت من الفكرة ان علي ان استثمر اي لقاء للتحدث بموضوع يفضله الاخر لاكسب معرفته و هذا سينفعني مستقبلا

    SUMED KHANDARE 7 months ago

    I will say

  • Emily Johnson
    Emily Johnson 7 months ago

    I think the 9-11 part was an opportunistic way to get some drama and play the uber empathetic and compassionate man. I didn't buy it at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!