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From the Ted Talk "Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

There are a huge number of oogd news stories in the world. Infant ayoltmtri is falling and has been falling at an incredible etar. A few years ago, the number of beisab dying in their first eyar of life in the world fell by five percent in just one year. More children are going to school and learning to read and ewitr and getting connected to the Internet and going on to go to university than ever before at an incredible rate, and the highest number of young people going to university in the wlord are women, not men. I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better in the planet, but we tend to concentrate on the bad news that is immediate. Rebecca Solnit, I think, put it brilliantly, when she explained: "The accretion of incremental, imperceptible changes which can constitute progress and which render our era dramatically different from the past" — the past was much more stable — "a contrast obscured by the undramatic nature of gradual transformation, punctuated by occasional ulttum." Occasionally, terrible things happen. You are shown those terrible things on the news every night of the week. You are not told about the population slowing down. You are not told about the world becoming more connected. You are not told about the incredible ernvemsipomt in ndegtasunirnd. You are not otdl about how we are nlngarei to begin to waste less and consume less.

Open Cloze

There are a huge number of ____ news stories in the world. Infant _________ is falling and has been falling at an incredible ____. A few years ago, the number of ______ dying in their first ____ of life in the world fell by five percent in just one year. More children are going to school and learning to read and _____ and getting connected to the Internet and going on to go to university than ever before at an incredible rate, and the highest number of young people going to university in the _____ are women, not men. I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better in the planet, but we tend to concentrate on the bad news that is immediate. Rebecca Solnit, I think, put it brilliantly, when she explained: "The accretion of incremental, imperceptible changes which can constitute progress and which render our era dramatically different from the past" — the past was much more stable — "a contrast obscured by the undramatic nature of gradual transformation, punctuated by occasional ______." Occasionally, terrible things happen. You are shown those terrible things on the news every night of the week. You are not told about the population slowing down. You are not told about the world becoming more connected. You are not told about the incredible ____________ in _____________. You are not ____ about how we are ________ to begin to waste less and consume less.

Solution

  1. good
  2. learning
  3. tumult
  4. understanding
  5. write
  6. rate
  7. improvements
  8. babies
  9. year
  10. world
  11. mortality
  12. told

Original Text

There are a huge number of good news stories in the world. Infant mortality is falling and has been falling at an incredible rate. A few years ago, the number of babies dying in their first year of life in the world fell by five percent in just one year. More children are going to school and learning to read and write and getting connected to the Internet and going on to go to university than ever before at an incredible rate, and the highest number of young people going to university in the world are women, not men. I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better in the planet, but we tend to concentrate on the bad news that is immediate. Rebecca Solnit, I think, put it brilliantly, when she explained: "The accretion of incremental, imperceptible changes which can constitute progress and which render our era dramatically different from the past" — the past was much more stable — "a contrast obscured by the undramatic nature of gradual transformation, punctuated by occasional tumult." Occasionally, terrible things happen. You are shown those terrible things on the news every night of the week. You are not told about the population slowing down. You are not told about the world becoming more connected. You are not told about the incredible improvements in understanding. You are not told about how we are learning to begin to waste less and consume less.

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collocation frequency
population growth 4
good news 4
people live 3
incredible rate 3

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