A New Way to Learn to Read English | Narda Pitkethly | TEDxSunValley

  • Published on Dec 6, 2017
  • Narda Pitkethly created a system that profoundly simplifies learning how to read. Watch how her system reduces illiteracy and many of its negative consequences. Narda Pitkethly moved to Japan after college and discovered the Japanese had created a simple method of learning to read, called Hiragana. Through their method, Narda learned to read Japanese in a week. Within three months, her comprehension allowed her to communicate freely in her home city of Fukuoka.
    In 1988 Narda moved from Japan to Sun Valley because the small community and year-round outdoor activities enticed her. An accomplished glassblower, she often travels to Boise to create works of art.
    When her daughter was identified as a challenged reader in the first grade, Narda discovered that English is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn to read, even for native speakers. Narda analyzed the English alphabet to understand why it is so difficult (1 in 4 children grow up without learning to read). She organized the letters in the same way the Japanese organized their Hiragana characters. Narda reveals an approach to the English language you have never seen before. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

Comments • 261

  • Van Van
    Van Van 10 days ago

    thank you for this great video! i love your voice, it's so good

  • Andree Rojas
    Andree Rojas 12 days ago

    I love phonetics. I prefer to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

  • محمود صلاح الدين

    Thank you a lot..

  • Joseph .t
    Joseph .t 21 day ago

    These signs have been in Hebrew for thousands of years

  • Hoang Phi Quan
    Hoang Phi Quan 21 day ago

    I just understand a little in the story of her but i see her speak very well. I wish have day i can stay on stage and speak with everyone

  • Thiago Augusto
    Thiago Augusto 21 day ago

    Relax lady, it's been happing in Brazil for a long time.

  • Bernal
    Bernal 22 days ago +1

    That will be an ideal program to teach to read english to a non english speaker ...

  • Rose NoHo
    Rose NoHo 23 days ago

    How would I know what this video is about if I couldn't read English?

  • Vinh Thanh
    Vinh Thanh 27 days ago

    Her voice is so clearly and naturally. I really like it

  • Heiner Rojas Mckenzie

    Beatifull and extraordinary. This woman gave me an empowerfull lesson and I will put in action.

  • Marco Fialho
    Marco Fialho Month ago +1

    Congrats on the presentation!
    Learning English?
    Irregular Verbs. The Ultimate Guide/ Amazon.
    Simple in form but rich in content!


    Sanskrit is the best language because pronunciation for every person is same and single for every word

  • Naima Aybakar
    Naima Aybakar Month ago


  • Gary Hess
    Gary Hess Month ago +1

    That's very misleading. They didn't "learn to read" in 8 days. They learned how to remember sounds associated with symbols. That is part of the journey, but it's not "reading English" completely. They'll need to continue working until they can fully grasp the idea.

  • عبدالله
    عبدالله Month ago

    What is the best training curriculum and book to teach reading and spelling and (syllables) to learn to read words without difficulty, especially long words such as civilization, architecture, archeology, etc. of the words are very long

    As well as a book for all reading rules such as characters that are not read

  • Gwyn Duchannes
    Gwyn Duchannes Month ago +1

    Great. Someone took stand to teach English in a different way. Different is good. Different is possible. Different is hope. Different is you, me, I, we, they, or everyone.

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      k Month ago


  • Sachs Husam
    Sachs Husam 2 months ago +1

    Again... Your efforts touched my heart lady. Congrat.

  • Hund Sam
    Hund Sam 2 months ago +5

    Arrived...she’s sounds like Siri

  • Yue Wong
    Yue Wong 2 months ago

    Thank you

  • dashlat1010
    dashlat1010 2 months ago +1

    great people do great jobs! thank you.

  • Dwight Wiltz
    Dwight Wiltz 2 months ago


    SPADA ALHEMMALI 2 months ago +18

    I don't speak english but her voice it feelings me understand everything in this video .... Thanks narda your voice is very clear 🌹

  • Wsesrdyfuguh Wsefrgth
    Wsesrdyfuguh Wsefrgth 3 months ago

    Oh they made these videos to get me kicked out

  • Rina Yuliasih
    Rina Yuliasih 3 months ago

    this speaker is absolutely inspire me to be a great person who teach that what possible in our live is all about willingness.

  • nader bshara
    nader bshara 3 months ago


  • Sukamto Kamto
    Sukamto Kamto 3 months ago +1

    Cat , face, ocean, doubt, sign, island, who

  • Wening Sastrojoyo
    Wening Sastrojoyo 3 months ago

    I like her voice

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  • Adrian Cortme
    Adrian Cortme 3 months ago

    *USA is not AMERICA, USA is in AMERICA*

  • Hewitt Choi
    Hewitt Choi 4 months ago


  • sabri şimşek
    sabri şimşek 4 months ago

    Hi everyone, this video is perfect, I'm Turkish . I'm learning English now. I can teach Turkish. Anyone who would like to practice with me? Skype :live:sabrisimsek27

  • kharisma citra
    kharisma citra 4 months ago

    I'm so speechless

  • LD !!
    LD !! 4 months ago +3

    The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you grow !

  • Shahina Irfan
    Shahina Irfan 4 months ago

    ! P

  • Nickel Chrome
    Nickel Chrome 4 months ago

    En anglais, on écrit élastique et on lit caoutchouc. Before it was called the phonetic alphabet, now it has an inpronouceable and ununderstandable name.

  • 스톤민지TV
    스톤민지TV 4 months ago

    When I was in elementary school student, i was not able to read English at all and of course i was not able to speak in English. By the way there was a foreign teacher in my school and he wanted to teach me how to read English. So I studied with him everyday after school. Not to brag, around 2month later, thanks to him i was able to read English even if i didn't understand English. Anyway what i want to talk about is.. I don't under stand how American people cannot read English.. because here in korea, most of koreans read English (but most of them cannot speak English fluently.). I'm really wondering that those symbols are really needed to read English.

  • Draker Sun
    Draker Sun 4 months ago

    Hello, but there is already the "AFI", what is the advantage of the system that this person created?

    • Draker Sun
      Draker Sun 3 months ago

      @Dylan Mahanets IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)

    • Dylan Mahanets
      Dylan Mahanets 3 months ago

      What is "AFI"?

  • Draker Sun
    Draker Sun 4 months ago

    Hola, pero ya existe el AFI , qué ventaja tiene el sistema que creo esta persona?

  • Ấn Nguyễn
    Ấn Nguyễn 4 months ago +1

    Thanks for video

  • Agnaldo Nascimento
    Agnaldo Nascimento 4 months ago +1

    ate eu aplaudi daqui de casa

  • baedddaragi kim
    baedddaragi kim 4 months ago

    Im korean big guy...thk you so much...ㅠㅠ

  • jacky tang
    jacky tang 5 months ago

    Lady,you make English more complicated and difficult for learner

    • Linh Phạm
      Linh Phạm 4 months ago

      She dedicated this program for those who are disable in reading, not the normal one.

  • Marcos Antonio Souza
    Marcos Antonio Souza 5 months ago

    Thanks for this vídeo.

  • Rohit Goswami
    Rohit Goswami 5 months ago

    I m ....

  • Rohit Goswami
    Rohit Goswami 5 months ago

    मी the ...I am फेल

  • Rishi Raj
    Rishi Raj 5 months ago

    There is nothing impossible in the world ....!!! all we can do ...!!

  • Mihai Prigoci
    Mihai Prigoci 5 months ago

    Because the english is no a gift. Is full of idioms, expression, exceptions, etc. Writing. reading, listening are all differents. Only native english person can drive this language.

  • Luis Carreiro
    Luis Carreiro 5 months ago +2

    it is for people like this lady that I believe in humanity.

    SUHAIL ARIA 5 months ago

    Everything was good except her acts 😂

  • Jan Paul Angcaya
    Jan Paul Angcaya 5 months ago +1

    I like her voice!

  • Ludwing Sánchez
    Ludwing Sánchez 5 months ago

    Has anyone used it to learn other language?

  • Through Wonders
    Through Wonders 5 months ago +1

    That's quite strange...I'm from Russia and have never lived in an English speaking country, but I reckon that a reading process is easy. How could it be that someone originally from the US or UK cannot read? You, guys, actually tottering between abundance and wealth and an ability to read is something that you've got as a default option since your first day on this Earth.
    The thing that I really struggle with is vocabulary. Even 700 Lexile books are sometimes hard.

  • Ngoan Bui Thi Minh
    Ngoan Bui Thi Minh 5 months ago

    Thanks for sharing! Love all of your hard work. You touch my heart at the end of this video.

  • Soray Bento
    Soray Bento 5 months ago +1

    Great job!

  • Thị Thúy Nguyễn
    Thị Thúy Nguyễn 5 months ago

    There is no rule to pronounce english words. But in the languages have the rule to pronounce. Children will completely know how to read when they finish the first grade. Vietnamese has the rule to pronounce. If you learn all the alphabet and the sound when the letters go together, you can read all the Vietnamese words even you dont know the meaning

  • Words and Numbers
    Words and Numbers 5 months ago +2

    Why isn't there any free PDFs or materials available ? You have to share it for everyone.

  • Britany Castillo
    Britany Castillo 5 months ago +73

    Her voice is like listening to a story book. I love it. Very soothing.

    • Andree Rojas
      Andree Rojas 12 days ago

      My gosh, that's what I thought too

    • Asif Farooqui
      Asif Farooqui 5 months ago

      Can you speak English fluently are you native speaker

  • Channel B
    Channel B 5 months ago

    just spend all the time to do something you love ==> so. you will be realize a secret

  • Qitong Ye
    Qitong Ye 5 months ago

    her English is so perfect

  • roma rich
    roma rich 5 months ago

    But without the symbols they will never be able to read

  • john steed
    john steed 5 months ago +7

    I leaned English pronunciation from dictionaries that have international phonetic alphabets (IPA) which have more natural and suggestive appearance than the Nardagani symbols. Equally important for leaning English are the accent position and splitting/linking of syllables. The speaker has some good ideas: i) use underline for silent alphabets, ii) place the symbols directly underneath the actual words.
    This lead to the question: are there any children books which use IPA

  • Yuqiang Gao
    Yuqiang Gao 6 months ago +1

    Very soon, everyone would need to speak Chinese. easy to speak and more efficient

    • john steed
      john steed 5 months ago

      Sure, but did you forget to mention reading & writing Chinese?

    • john steed
      john steed 5 months ago

      You forget to mention writing & reading?

  • Fabricio Patrocinio
    Fabricio Patrocinio 6 months ago

    It's seems more with a pronunciation technique.

  • sasiguna priya
    sasiguna priya 6 months ago


    • Roselia Moon
      Roselia Moon 5 months ago

      sasiguna priya priya is my name😄

  • Lance Jackson
    Lance Jackson 6 months ago

    gets to the point at 5mins

  • Janet Garcia
    Janet Garcia 6 months ago

    Poetizer wants your ideas

    • Lauri Maher
      Lauri Maher 5 months ago

      Thank you for the suggestion...we'll definitely check it out!

  • satnamo
    satnamo 6 months ago +1

    Reading is thinking with another person's head.
    Therefore, in the long run, reading will corrupt thinking.
    Experience is the teacher of everything.

  • Jayesh Panicker
    Jayesh Panicker 6 months ago

    I have an English group in Whatsapp for practice. If anybody want to join us tell me.write to +919037429706 to joining to Speak English on whats up group. We can speak together and improve our spoken English Skills

  • 12strel
    12strel 6 months ago +2

    one letter must be one sound. That is right conseption. English language is never been reformed never been modernised.

  • francisco nava
    francisco nava 6 months ago

    In my opinion, that system is the same like phonetic alphabet. If I read a sentence with phonetic alphabet symbols, I could say it almost perfectly; however, I wouldn't know the meaning, so that's not read because I don't understand.

  • MannerChoi
    MannerChoi 6 months ago +1

    It's quite touching short clip. I was so impressive. I hope to develop textbooks sort of this for all other languages!

  • Anecdote Funny Video奇闻趣事视频

    how get this system?

  • سيف English
    سيف English 6 months ago +3

    Who wants learn English with me?

  • kizapet
    kizapet 6 months ago

    Serbian Azbuka has 30 letters, 1 for every phonetic sound in language, no need for learning combinations, just read and write letters

  • Astircalix
    Astircalix 7 months ago +5

    I would like to express my admiration to this lady . As an English learning « facilitator» ( I do not have formal education on the subject but I'm enthusiastic at teaching kids to learn English), I find this method simpler than phonetics. My point is : If it helps , it works!