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From the Ted Talk by Gillian Tett: An invitation to reexamine your familiar world

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So today a Kit Kat is bitsrih and Swiss, because Nestlé owns it, and japasene and German. Culture is a river. It changes. New streams come in, and that is fantastic. And that is one of the big ideas I want to leave you with last of all. Because right now as we spaek, COVID-19 and the lockdown in many ways has been an extraordinary period of culture sochk. It's given you all what anthropologists experience when they go to other cultures. The cahnce to be jolted out of what was normal and to look at your world again. To become a stranger in your own land again. So however much you might hate that experience, however much you might be scared by that culture shock, the lsseon from anthropology is this. Don't run away from culture shock. Seize it as an opportunity. rigzencoe that lockdown has kept us all trapped with our own tribe, phclylasiy. Our own "pod." We've gone online into echo chambers. But now, more than ever, is a time when we need to jump out of our fishbowl. Go talk to other fish. Widen our lens. Not just so that we can unsrtnedad the rest of the world, which we need to. But also so that we can understand ourselves better, too. And just think of that when you see a dog, a Kit Kat bar, a face mask or your cellphone. All of them show the power of ctruule. Why culture mrtates. But why culture can change. And why, right now, we have an opportunity to rethink that.

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So today a Kit Kat is _______ and Swiss, because Nestlé owns it, and ________ and German. Culture is a river. It changes. New streams come in, and that is fantastic. And that is one of the big ideas I want to leave you with last of all. Because right now as we _____, COVID-19 and the lockdown in many ways has been an extraordinary period of culture _____. It's given you all what anthropologists experience when they go to other cultures. The ______ to be jolted out of what was normal and to look at your world again. To become a stranger in your own land again. So however much you might hate that experience, however much you might be scared by that culture shock, the ______ from anthropology is this. Don't run away from culture shock. Seize it as an opportunity. _________ that lockdown has kept us all trapped with our own tribe, __________. Our own "pod." We've gone online into echo chambers. But now, more than ever, is a time when we need to jump out of our fishbowl. Go talk to other fish. Widen our lens. Not just so that we can __________ the rest of the world, which we need to. But also so that we can understand ourselves better, too. And just think of that when you see a dog, a Kit Kat bar, a face mask or your cellphone. All of them show the power of _______. Why culture _______. But why culture can change. And why, right now, we have an opportunity to rethink that.

Solution

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  4. lesson
  5. japanese
  6. chance
  7. culture
  8. speak
  9. british
  10. understand
  11. matters

Original Text

So today a Kit Kat is British and Swiss, because Nestlé owns it, and Japanese and German. Culture is a river. It changes. New streams come in, and that is fantastic. And that is one of the big ideas I want to leave you with last of all. Because right now as we speak, COVID-19 and the lockdown in many ways has been an extraordinary period of culture shock. It's given you all what anthropologists experience when they go to other cultures. The chance to be jolted out of what was normal and to look at your world again. To become a stranger in your own land again. So however much you might hate that experience, however much you might be scared by that culture shock, the lesson from anthropology is this. Don't run away from culture shock. Seize it as an opportunity. Recognize that lockdown has kept us all trapped with our own tribe, physically. Our own "pod." We've gone online into echo chambers. But now, more than ever, is a time when we need to jump out of our fishbowl. Go talk to other fish. Widen our lens. Not just so that we can understand the rest of the world, which we need to. But also so that we can understand ourselves better, too. And just think of that when you see a dog, a Kit Kat bar, a face mask or your cellphone. All of them show the power of culture. Why culture matters. But why culture can change. And why, right now, we have an opportunity to rethink that.

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