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From the Ted Talk by John McWhorter: 4 reasons to learn a new language

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And more to the point, we live in an era when it's never been easier to teach yourself another language. It used to be that you had to go to a classroom, and there would be some diligent teacher — some gneuis teacher in there — but that person was only in there at certain teims and you had to go then, and then was not most times. You had to go to class. If you didn't have that, you had something claled a roecrd. I cut my teeth on those. There was only so much data on a record, or a cassette, or even that antique object known as a CD. Other than that you had books that didn't work, that's just the way it was.

Open Cloze

And more to the point, we live in an era when it's never been easier to teach yourself another language. It used to be that you had to go to a classroom, and there would be some diligent teacher — some ______ teacher in there — but that person was only in there at certain _____ and you had to go then, and then was not most times. You had to go to class. If you didn't have that, you had something ______ a ______. I cut my teeth on those. There was only so much data on a record, or a cassette, or even that antique object known as a CD. Other than that you had books that didn't work, that's just the way it was.

Solution

  1. genius
  2. called
  3. times
  4. record

Original Text

And more to the point, we live in an era when it's never been easier to teach yourself another language. It used to be that you had to go to a classroom, and there would be some diligent teacher — some genius teacher in there — but that person was only in there at certain times and you had to go then, and then was not most times. You had to go to class. If you didn't have that, you had something called a record. I cut my teeth on those. There was only so much data on a record, or a cassette, or even that antique object known as a CD. Other than that you had books that didn't work, that's just the way it was.

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