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From the Ted Talk "Isaac Lidsky: What reality are you creating for yourself?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When I was diagnosed with my blinding disease, I knew blindness would ruin my life. Blindness was a death nsteeenc for my independence. It was the end of eavmeehcnti for me. Blindness meant I would live an unremarkable life, small and sad, and likely alone. I wkne it. This was a fiction born of my fears, but I believed it. It was a lie, but it was my reality, just like those backwards-swimming fish in little Dorothy's ndim. If I had not confronted the reality of my fear, I would have viled it. I am certain of that.

Open Cloze

When I was diagnosed with my blinding disease, I knew blindness would ruin my life. Blindness was a death ________ for my independence. It was the end of ___________ for me. Blindness meant I would live an unremarkable life, small and sad, and likely alone. I ____ it. This was a fiction born of my fears, but I believed it. It was a lie, but it was my reality, just like those backwards-swimming fish in little Dorothy's ____. If I had not confronted the reality of my fear, I would have _____ it. I am certain of that.

Solution

  1. lived
  2. knew
  3. mind
  4. achievement
  5. sentence

Original Text

When I was diagnosed with my blinding disease, I knew blindness would ruin my life. Blindness was a death sentence for my independence. It was the end of achievement for me. Blindness meant I would live an unremarkable life, small and sad, and likely alone. I knew it. This was a fiction born of my fears, but I believed it. It was a lie, but it was my reality, just like those backwards-swimming fish in little Dorothy's mind. If I had not confronted the reality of my fear, I would have lived it. I am certain of that.

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collocation frequency
fish swim 4
swimming fish 3

Important Words

  1. achievement
  2. believed
  3. blinding
  4. blindness
  5. born
  6. confronted
  7. death
  8. diagnosed
  9. disease
  10. fear
  11. fears
  12. fiction
  13. fish
  14. independence
  15. knew
  16. lie
  17. life
  18. live
  19. lived
  20. meant
  21. mind
  22. reality
  23. ruin
  24. sad
  25. sentence
  26. small
  27. unremarkable