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From the Ted Talk by Gabriel Prieto: A day in the life of a Peruvian shaman

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At the temple of the fisherman, Quexo, the village shaman, looks out over the ocean and frnwos. It’s a still morning– ulusnauly still, and the lack of wind is the latest in a series of troubling snigs.
The year is 1400 BCE. Quexo’s village sits in the dusty, treeless desert between the towering Andes and pcafiic Ocean. The villagers live off the sea, harvesting reeds, dynirg them in the sun, and using them to bliud fishing boats. Every day in the smmeur, the men set out on these btaos to hunt shark and other fish while the women harvest shellfish and sea urchins. In winter, storms bring powerful waves, which cross the vast ocean unrbotustecd to detonate on these shores.

Open Cloze

At the temple of the fisherman, Quexo, the village shaman, looks out over the ocean and ______. It’s a still morning– _________ still, and the lack of wind is the latest in a series of troubling _____.
The year is 1400 BCE. Quexo’s village sits in the dusty, treeless desert between the towering Andes and _______ Ocean. The villagers live off the sea, harvesting reeds, ______ them in the sun, and using them to _____ fishing boats. Every day in the ______, the men set out on these _____ to hunt shark and other fish while the women harvest shellfish and sea urchins. In winter, storms bring powerful waves, which cross the vast ocean ____________ to detonate on these shores.

Solution

  1. frowns
  2. boats
  3. unobstructed
  4. signs
  5. pacific
  6. unusually
  7. build
  8. drying
  9. summer

Original Text

At the temple of the fisherman, Quexo, the village shaman, looks out over the ocean and frowns. It’s a still morning– unusually still, and the lack of wind is the latest in a series of troubling signs.
The year is 1400 BCE. Quexo’s village sits in the dusty, treeless desert between the towering Andes and Pacific Ocean. The villagers live off the sea, harvesting reeds, drying them in the sun, and using them to build fishing boats. Every day in the summer, the men set out on these boats to hunt shark and other fish while the women harvest shellfish and sea urchins. In winter, storms bring powerful waves, which cross the vast ocean unobstructed to detonate on these shores.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
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Important Words

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