full transcript

From the Ted Talk by Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

Unscramble the Blue Letters

This is what happened in Tunisia. Over a few days, the Tunisian regime that invested bniolils of dollars in the srtiecuy agencies, billions of dollars in maintaining, trying to maintain, its prisons, collapsed, disappeared, because of the voices of the public. People who were inspired to go down to the streets and to risae their voices, they tried to kill. The ienlnceltgie aineecgs wanted to asrert people. They found something cllaed Facebook. They found something called Twitter. They were surprised by all of these kinds of issues. And they said, "These kids are misled." Therefore, they aksed their parents to go down to the streets and collect them, bring them back home. This is what they were telling. This is their propaganda. "Bring these kids home because they are misled." But yes, these youth who have been iiesprnd by universal values, who are idealistic enough to imagine a magnificent future and, at the same time, realistic enough to balance this kind of imagination and the pcsroes ldeinag to it — not using violence, not trying to carete chaos — these young people, they did not go home. Parents actually went to the streets and they supported them. And this is how the revolution was born in Tunisia.

Open Cloze

This is what happened in Tunisia. Over a few days, the Tunisian regime that invested ________ of dollars in the ________ agencies, billions of dollars in maintaining, trying to maintain, its prisons, collapsed, disappeared, because of the voices of the public. People who were inspired to go down to the streets and to _____ their voices, they tried to kill. The ____________ ________ wanted to ______ people. They found something ______ Facebook. They found something called Twitter. They were surprised by all of these kinds of issues. And they said, "These kids are misled." Therefore, they _____ their parents to go down to the streets and collect them, bring them back home. This is what they were telling. This is their propaganda. "Bring these kids home because they are misled." But yes, these youth who have been ________ by universal values, who are idealistic enough to imagine a magnificent future and, at the same time, realistic enough to balance this kind of imagination and the _______ _______ to it — not using violence, not trying to ______ chaos — these young people, they did not go home. Parents actually went to the streets and they supported them. And this is how the revolution was born in Tunisia.

Solution

  1. create
  2. security
  3. leading
  4. billions
  5. process
  6. arrest
  7. intelligence
  8. inspired
  9. asked
  10. called
  11. agencies
  12. raise

Original Text

This is what happened in Tunisia. Over a few days, the Tunisian regime that invested billions of dollars in the security agencies, billions of dollars in maintaining, trying to maintain, its prisons, collapsed, disappeared, because of the voices of the public. People who were inspired to go down to the streets and to raise their voices, they tried to kill. The intelligence agencies wanted to arrest people. They found something called Facebook. They found something called Twitter. They were surprised by all of these kinds of issues. And they said, "These kids are misled." Therefore, they asked their parents to go down to the streets and collect them, bring them back home. This is what they were telling. This is their propaganda. "Bring these kids home because they are misled." But yes, these youth who have been inspired by universal values, who are idealistic enough to imagine a magnificent future and, at the same time, realistic enough to balance this kind of imagination and the process leading to it — not using violence, not trying to create chaos — these young people, they did not go home. Parents actually went to the streets and they supported them. And this is how the revolution was born in Tunisia.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
arab world 6
al jazeera 5
tahrir square 4
authoritarian regimes 2
middle east 2
young people 2
hosni mubarak 2

Important Words

  1. agencies
  2. arrest
  3. asked
  4. balance
  5. billions
  6. born
  7. bring
  8. called
  9. chaos
  10. collapsed
  11. collect
  12. create
  13. days
  14. disappeared
  15. dollars
  16. facebook
  17. future
  18. happened
  19. home
  20. idealistic
  21. imagination
  22. imagine
  23. inspired
  24. intelligence
  25. invested
  26. issues
  27. kids
  28. kill
  29. kind
  30. kinds
  31. leading
  32. magnificent
  33. maintain
  34. maintaining
  35. misled
  36. parents
  37. people
  38. prisons
  39. process
  40. propaganda
  41. public
  42. raise
  43. realistic
  44. regime
  45. revolution
  46. security
  47. streets
  48. supported
  49. surprised
  50. telling
  51. time
  52. tunisia
  53. tunisian
  54. twitter
  55. universal
  56. values
  57. violence
  58. voices
  59. wanted
  60. young
  61. youth