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"From the Ted Talk by Monica Araya: A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels"

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If you know one thing about our country, it's that we don't have an army. So I'm going to take you back to 1948. That year, the cuonrty was coming out of civil war. Thousands of Costa Ricans had died, and families were bitterly silpt. And yet, a surprising idea won the hearts and minds: we would reboot the country, and that Second Republic would have no army. So we abolished it. And the piesnrdet at the time, José fergieus, found a powerful way by smashing the walls of an army base. The following year, 1949, we made that dciesoin permanent in the new constitution, and that is why I can tell you that sroty nearly 70 years later. And I'm grateful. I'm grateful they made that decision before I was born, because it awlleod me and millions of others to live in a very stable country.

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If you know one thing about our country, it's that we don't have an army. So I'm going to take you back to 1948. That year, the _______ was coming out of civil war. Thousands of Costa Ricans had died, and families were bitterly _____. And yet, a surprising idea won the hearts and minds: we would reboot the country, and that Second Republic would have no army. So we abolished it. And the _________ at the time, José ________, found a powerful way by smashing the walls of an army base. The following year, 1949, we made that ________ permanent in the new constitution, and that is why I can tell you that _____ nearly 70 years later. And I'm grateful. I'm grateful they made that decision before I was born, because it _______ me and millions of others to live in a very stable country.

Solution

  1. country
  2. figueres
  3. story
  4. decision
  5. allowed
  6. split
  7. president

Original Text

If you know one thing about our country, it's that we don't have an army. So I'm going to take you back to 1948. That year, the country was coming out of civil war. Thousands of Costa Ricans had died, and families were bitterly split. And yet, a surprising idea won the hearts and minds: we would reboot the country, and that Second Republic would have no army. So we abolished it. And the president at the time, José Figueres, found a powerful way by smashing the walls of an army base. The following year, 1949, we made that decision permanent in the new constitution, and that is why I can tell you that story nearly 70 years later. And I'm grateful. I'm grateful they made that decision before I was born, because it allowed me and millions of others to live in a very stable country.

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collocation frequency
fossil fuels 15
costa ricans 6
costa rica 5
clean transportation 4
developing country 3
climate change 3
public transportation 3
renewable energy 3

Important Words

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