An easy learning English lesson from the heart
Candy Chang: Before I die I want to....

Candy Chang speaking on stage in front of audience

This easy learning English video lesson will help you think about things that are most important in life. Students at any English level can learn from this lesson. Students can watch the video with subtitles in English or in 40 other languages. There is also a transcript in English (see information below).

How to do this lesson:

Step 1Watch the video. Click below to start the video.

Step 2: Take the quiz. It's short and will test your understanding of the video.

Step 3: For extra help or practice, read the transcript or watch the video with subtitles (in English or in your own language if available).

Step 4Write a comment. This is the most important part!

Easy learning English lesson part #1: Watch the video

Candy Chang is an artist, designer, and urban planner. She looks at how we can make cities more comfortable and thoughtful places, where we can better understand and know our neighbors.

Click below on the arrow to watch the video.

Part #2: Quiz to test your comprehension 

Check your understanding by taking a short quiz. Click here to begin.


Part #3: Read the transcript or watch the video with subtitles

Transcript of Candy Chang's speech

There are a lot of ways the people around us can help improve our lives. We don't bump into every neighbor, so a lot of wisdom never gets passed on, though we do share the same public spaces.

So over the past few years, I've tried ways to share more with my neighbors in public space, using simple tools like stickers, stencils and chalk.

And these projects came from questions I had, like, how much are my neighbors paying for their apartments? (Laughter)

How can we lend and borrow more things without knocking on each other's doors at a bad time?

How can we share more of our memories of our abandoned buildings, and gain a better understanding of our landscape?

And how can we share more of our hopes for our vacant storefronts, so our communities can reflect our needs and dreams today?

The entire transcript and instructions for how to view the video with English subtitles are provided here. There may also be subtitles provided in your own language (this video is translated into 40 languages!)

Part #4: Your turn to write

This talked about the power of people sharing their hopes and dreams in a public space. Think of this webpage as a chalkboard where you can share your thoughts. You do not have to write your own name. Just write your thoughts so you can practice your English.

Also, check out the comments from other learners.

It's AWESOME to see so many of you actually take the time and effort to practice your English here. Keep it going!

Share your thoughts about Candy Chang's TED Talk!

Want to improve your English? Here's your chance. Listening is good, but writing is even better. Why? Because you have to produce your own sentences. It's easy. It would be great to see what English language learners want to do with their lives. So the big question to answer of course is:

- Before I die I want to _____________.

You may also want to write some comments about her talk.

- What was interesting about her talk?

Write anything you want. Just write something. This is your chance to improve your English.
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Before I die I want to love myself and became an successful person 
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Before I die, I want to love myself and others 
Recently, I have been practicing to be comfortable with discomfort. I used to easily get upset when people around me do or speak things seem like rude …

A life of boredom is a difficult life 
About her topic, BEFORE SHE DIE SHE WANT MANY THINK TO Do... why she want die the point is here maybe she doesn't has anything in her live she want die. …

Ted talk: Before I die 
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Aspiring Singer  
Before I die...i want to be able to sing in front of other people. I found this TED talk interesting.

I hope I will figure out things in my life 
I hope I will live a life with satisfaction, with more peace, before I die.

To my two wives 
I know it is impossible, I was married twice and my two wives passed away, but before I die, I would like to talk to them to say how big was my love and …

I hope this will inspire others 
I really like this video. I hope that it will inspire someone not to give up and go to their dreams. before I die I want to fulfill all my dreams

This project can really help! 
I so appreciate that I watched this video. We so rarely think about our future and about the fact that everything ends (sometimes faster than we expect …

Everyday we are slowly dying 
"Everyday we are slowly dying". This quote reminded me that we need to spend each day doing things that we’ve always wanted to do because we are slowly …

Before I die, I want to first thank the supportive people... 
First of all, I'd like to thank all the people that have been surrounding me for the rest my life, especially my parents. In my opinion, they always deserve …

The topic discussed in the video is really essential 
This comment is in response to Candy Chang's TED Talk: "Before I Die I want to..." In my opinion, the topic discussed in the video is really essential. …

I want to learn more languages 
Before I die, I want to live a incredible life and learn more lenguages than English, like Korean or french, because my first lenguages is Spanish and …

Before I die I want to... 
First of all, I want to say thank you for such a wonderful speech. You have touched on a very important topic that I think everyone should think about. …

An Inspiration...Death 
Death can take someone we love but not our love. The feeling of love still remains. The beloved is gone while the love still remains and empowers the …

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