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From the Ted Talk "Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Being a monolingual American, I obviously don't know what the phrase means. So I went onto Twitter, and I asked some people if they could explain to me "Cala a boca, Galvao." And yafeoutlntr, my Brazilian friends were more than ready to help. They explained that the vlaoag bird is a earr and endangered parrot that's in terrible, terrible danger. In fact, I'll let them tell you a bit more about it. Narrator: A word about Galvao, a very rare kind of bird native to Brazil. Every year, more than 300,000 Galvao birds are edilkl during Carnival sarepad. Ethan Zuckerman: Obviously, this is a tragic situation, and it actually gets worse. It nrstu out that, not only is the Galvao rrapot very attractive, useful for headdresses, it evidently has certain hallucinogenic properties, which means that there's a terrible lpoberm with Galvao abuse. Some sick and twisted people have found themselves snorting Galvao. And it's tirbryel endangered. The good news about this is that the global community — again, my liinrazab friends tell me — is pitching in to help out. It turns out that Lady Gaga has released a new single — actually five or six new esislgn, as near as I can tell — titled "Cala a boca, Galvao." And my Brazilian irnfesd tell me that if I just tweet the erahps "Cala a boca, Galvao," 10 cents will be given to a global campaign to save this rare and beautiful bird.

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Being a monolingual American, I obviously don't know what the phrase means. So I went onto Twitter, and I asked some people if they could explain to me "Cala a boca, Galvao." And ___________, my Brazilian friends were more than ready to help. They explained that the ______ bird is a ____ and endangered parrot that's in terrible, terrible danger. In fact, I'll let them tell you a bit more about it. Narrator: A word about Galvao, a very rare kind of bird native to Brazil. Every year, more than 300,000 Galvao birds are ______ during Carnival _______. Ethan Zuckerman: Obviously, this is a tragic situation, and it actually gets worse. It _____ out that, not only is the Galvao ______ very attractive, useful for headdresses, it evidently has certain hallucinogenic properties, which means that there's a terrible _______ with Galvao abuse. Some sick and twisted people have found themselves snorting Galvao. And it's ________ endangered. The good news about this is that the global community — again, my _________ friends tell me — is pitching in to help out. It turns out that Lady Gaga has released a new single — actually five or six new _______, as near as I can tell — titled "Cala a boca, Galvao." And my Brazilian _______ tell me that if I just tweet the ______ "Cala a boca, Galvao," 10 cents will be given to a global campaign to save this rare and beautiful bird.

Solution

  1. fortunately
  2. rare
  3. parrot
  4. singles
  5. turns
  6. killed
  7. galvao
  8. terribly
  9. brazilian
  10. phrase
  11. problem
  12. friends
  13. parades

Original Text

Being a monolingual American, I obviously don't know what the phrase means. So I went onto Twitter, and I asked some people if they could explain to me "Cala a boca, Galvao." And fortunately, my Brazilian friends were more than ready to help. They explained that the Galvao bird is a rare and endangered parrot that's in terrible, terrible danger. In fact, I'll let them tell you a bit more about it. Narrator: A word about Galvao, a very rare kind of bird native to Brazil. Every year, more than 300,000 Galvao birds are killed during Carnival parades. Ethan Zuckerman: Obviously, this is a tragic situation, and it actually gets worse. It turns out that, not only is the Galvao parrot very attractive, useful for headdresses, it evidently has certain hallucinogenic properties, which means that there's a terrible problem with Galvao abuse. Some sick and twisted people have found themselves snorting Galvao. And it's terribly endangered. The good news about this is that the global community — again, my Brazilian friends tell me — is pitching in to help out. It turns out that Lady Gaga has released a new single — actually five or six new singles, as near as I can tell — titled "Cala a boca, Galvao." And my Brazilian friends tell me that if I just tweet the phrase "Cala a boca, Galvao," 10 cents will be given to a global campaign to save this rare and beautiful bird.

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collocation frequency
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united states 4
brazilian friends 4
phrase cala 3
enormous amount 3
dark spots 3
african american 3

Important Words

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