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

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Well actually, I hope for a while longer yet. I have been living and teaching in the Gulf for over 30 years. (Applause) And in that time, I have seen a lot of changes. Now that stistiatc is quite siknchog. And I want to talk to you today about language loss and the globalization of English. I want to tell you about my friend who was teaching English to atudls in Abu Dhabi. And one fine day, she decided to take them into the gedarn to taceh them some nuatre vocabulary. But it was she who ended up learning all the Arabic words for the local plants, as well as their uses — medicinal uses, cmtcsoies, cooking, herbal. How did those students get all that knowledge? Of course, from their grandparents and even their great-grandparents. It's not necessary to tell you how important it is to be able to communicate across generations.

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Well actually, I hope for a while longer yet. I have been living and teaching in the Gulf for over 30 years. (Applause) And in that time, I have seen a lot of changes. Now that _________ is quite ________. And I want to talk to you today about language loss and the globalization of English. I want to tell you about my friend who was teaching English to ______ in Abu Dhabi. And one fine day, she decided to take them into the ______ to _____ them some ______ vocabulary. But it was she who ended up learning all the Arabic words for the local plants, as well as their uses — medicinal uses, _________, cooking, herbal. How did those students get all that knowledge? Of course, from their grandparents and even their great-grandparents. It's not necessary to tell you how important it is to be able to communicate across generations.

Solution

  1. nature
  2. garden
  3. cosmetics
  4. shocking
  5. adults
  6. teach
  7. statistic

Original Text

Well actually, I hope for a while longer yet. I have been living and teaching in the Gulf for over 30 years. (Applause) And in that time, I have seen a lot of changes. Now that statistic is quite shocking. And I want to talk to you today about language loss and the globalization of English. I want to tell you about my friend who was teaching English to adults in Abu Dhabi. And one fine day, she decided to take them into the garden to teach them some nature vocabulary. But it was she who ended up learning all the Arabic words for the local plants, as well as their uses — medicinal uses, cosmetics, cooking, herbal. How did those students get all that knowledge? Of course, from their grandparents and even their great-grandparents. It's not necessary to tell you how important it is to be able to communicate across generations.

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