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From the Ted Talk "Melissa Fleming: A boat carrying 500 refugees sunk at sea. The story of two survivors"

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The 300 people below deck were doomed. Doaa was holding on to the side of the boat as it asnk, and watched in horror as a llams chlid was cut to pieces by the propeller. Bassem said to her, "Please let go, or you'll be swept in and the propeller will kill you, too." And remember — she can't swim. But she let go and she started moving her arms and her legs, thinking, "This is siniwmmg." And miraculously, Bassem found a flie ring. It was one of those child's rings that they use to play in swimming pools and on calm seas. And Doaa bmdclei onto the ring, her arms and her legs dangling by the side. Bassem was a good swimmer, so he hlde her hand and tread water. Around them there were corpses. Around 100 eoeppl survived initially, and they started coigmn together in groups, ariygnp for rescue. But when a day went by and no one came, some people gave up hope, and Doaa and Bassem watched as men in the distance took their life vests off and sank into the water.

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The 300 people below deck were doomed. Doaa was holding on to the side of the boat as it ____, and watched in horror as a _____ _____ was cut to pieces by the propeller. Bassem said to her, "Please let go, or you'll be swept in and the propeller will kill you, too." And remember — she can't swim. But she let go and she started moving her arms and her legs, thinking, "This is ________." And miraculously, Bassem found a ____ ring. It was one of those child's rings that they use to play in swimming pools and on calm seas. And Doaa _______ onto the ring, her arms and her legs dangling by the side. Bassem was a good swimmer, so he ____ her hand and tread water. Around them there were corpses. Around 100 ______ survived initially, and they started ______ together in groups, _______ for rescue. But when a day went by and no one came, some people gave up hope, and Doaa and Bassem watched as men in the distance took their life vests off and sank into the water.

Solution

  1. life
  2. climbed
  3. people
  4. child
  5. held
  6. coming
  7. small
  8. praying
  9. sank
  10. swimming

Original Text

The 300 people below deck were doomed. Doaa was holding on to the side of the boat as it sank, and watched in horror as a small child was cut to pieces by the propeller. Bassem said to her, "Please let go, or you'll be swept in and the propeller will kill you, too." And remember — she can't swim. But she let go and she started moving her arms and her legs, thinking, "This is swimming." And miraculously, Bassem found a life ring. It was one of those child's rings that they use to play in swimming pools and on calm seas. And Doaa climbed onto the ring, her arms and her legs dangling by the side. Bassem was a good swimmer, so he held her hand and tread water. Around them there were corpses. Around 100 people survived initially, and they started coming together in groups, praying for rescue. But when a day went by and no one came, some people gave up hope, and Doaa and Bassem watched as men in the distance took their life vests off and sank into the water.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
neighboring countries 4
syrian refugee 3

Important Words

  1. arms
  2. bassem
  3. boat
  4. calm
  5. child
  6. climbed
  7. coming
  8. corpses
  9. cut
  10. dangling
  11. day
  12. deck
  13. distance
  14. doaa
  15. doomed
  16. gave
  17. good
  18. groups
  19. hand
  20. held
  21. holding
  22. hope
  23. horror
  24. initially
  25. kill
  26. legs
  27. life
  28. men
  29. miraculously
  30. moving
  31. people
  32. pieces
  33. play
  34. pools
  35. praying
  36. propeller
  37. remember
  38. rescue
  39. ring
  40. rings
  41. sank
  42. seas
  43. side
  44. small
  45. started
  46. survived
  47. swept
  48. swim
  49. swimmer
  50. swimming
  51. thinking
  52. tread
  53. vests
  54. watched
  55. water