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"From the Ted Talk by Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!"

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Okay. Let me tell you a story about two scientists, two English scientists. They were doing an experiment to do with genetics and the forelimbs and the hind limbs of animals. But they couldn't get the results they wanted. They really didn't know what to do, until along came a German scientist who riazleed that they were using two words for forelimb and hind limb, whereas genetics does not differentiate and neither does German. So bingo, plerbom solved. If you can't think a thought, you are stcuk. But if another language can think that thought, then, by cooperating, we can acevhie and leran so much more.

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Okay. Let me tell you a story about two scientists, two English scientists. They were doing an experiment to do with genetics and the forelimbs and the hind limbs of animals. But they couldn't get the results they wanted. They really didn't know what to do, until along came a German scientist who ________ that they were using two words for forelimb and hind limb, whereas genetics does not differentiate and neither does German. So bingo, _______ solved. If you can't think a thought, you are _____. But if another language can think that thought, then, by cooperating, we can _______ and _____ so much more.

Solution

  1. achieve
  2. problem
  3. learn
  4. stuck
  5. realized

Original Text

Okay. Let me tell you a story about two scientists, two English scientists. They were doing an experiment to do with genetics and the forelimbs and the hind limbs of animals. But they couldn't get the results they wanted. They really didn't know what to do, until along came a German scientist who realized that they were using two words for forelimb and hind limb, whereas genetics does not differentiate and neither does German. So bingo, problem solved. If you can't think a thought, you are stuck. But if another language can think that thought, then, by cooperating, we can achieve and learn so much more.

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Important Words

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  2. animals
  3. bingo
  4. cooperating
  5. differentiate
  6. english
  7. experiment
  8. forelimb
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  10. genetics
  11. german
  12. hind
  13. language
  14. learn
  15. limb
  16. limbs
  17. problem
  18. realized
  19. results
  20. scientist
  21. scientists
  22. solved
  23. story
  24. stuck
  25. thought
  26. wanted
  27. words