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From the Ted Talk "Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Bit of a wretched genre of literature, really, going on about how amazing everyone in the household is, or even more scintillating, how busy everyone in the household is. But these letters serve a purpose, which is that they tell your friends and family what you did in your loarepsn ifel that mattered to you over the year. So this year's kind of done, but I want you to pretend it's the end of next year, and it has been an ltaoslbuye aigmzna year for you and the people you care about. What three to five things did you do that made it so amazing? So you can write next year's family holiday letter now. Don't sdne it.

Open Cloze

Bit of a wretched genre of literature, really, going on about how amazing everyone in the household is, or even more scintillating, how busy everyone in the household is. But these letters serve a purpose, which is that they tell your friends and family what you did in your ________ ____ that mattered to you over the year. So this year's kind of done, but I want you to pretend it's the end of next year, and it has been an __________ _______ year for you and the people you care about. What three to five things did you do that made it so amazing? So you can write next year's family holiday letter now. Don't ____ it.

Solution

  1. personal
  2. absolutely
  3. amazing
  4. life
  5. send

Original Text

Bit of a wretched genre of literature, really, going on about how amazing everyone in the household is, or even more scintillating, how busy everyone in the household is. But these letters serve a purpose, which is that they tell your friends and family what you did in your personal life that mattered to you over the year. So this year's kind of done, but I want you to pretend it's the end of next year, and it has been an absolutely amazing year for you and the people you care about. What three to five things did you do that made it so amazing? So you can write next year's family holiday letter now. Don't send it.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
water heater 4
time management 3
performance review 3
holiday letter 3
family holiday 3
broken water 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
family holiday letter 3
broken water heater 3

Important Words

  1. absolutely
  2. amazing
  3. bit
  4. busy
  5. care
  6. family
  7. friends
  8. genre
  9. holiday
  10. household
  11. kind
  12. letter
  13. letters
  14. life
  15. literature
  16. mattered
  17. people
  18. personal
  19. pretend
  20. purpose
  21. scintillating
  22. send
  23. serve
  24. wretched
  25. write
  26. year