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"From the Ted Talk by Suzanne Talhouk: Don't kill your language"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

All right, we aren't from the dovpleeed world, this advanced thinking hasn't raeehcd us yet, and we would like to catch up with the civilized world. Countries that were once like us, but didceed to strive for development, do research, and ctach up with those countries, such as tkeury, Malaysia and others, they carried their language with them as they were climbing the ladder, protected it like a diamond. They kept it close to them. Because if you get any product from Turkey or elsewhere and it's not labeled in Turkish, then it isn't a local product. You wouldn't believe it's a local product. They'd go back to being csornmeus, clueless consumers, like we are most of the time. So, in order for them to innovate and produce, they had to protect their language. If I say, "Freedom, stegrnoviey, independence (Arabic)," what does this remind you of? It doesn't ring a bell, does it? Regardless of the who, how and why.

Open Cloze

All right, we aren't from the _________ world, this advanced thinking hasn't _______ us yet, and we would like to catch up with the civilized world. Countries that were once like us, but _______ to strive for development, do research, and _____ up with those countries, such as ______, Malaysia and others, they carried their language with them as they were climbing the ladder, protected it like a diamond. They kept it close to them. Because if you get any product from Turkey or elsewhere and it's not labeled in Turkish, then it isn't a local product. You wouldn't believe it's a local product. They'd go back to being _________, clueless consumers, like we are most of the time. So, in order for them to innovate and produce, they had to protect their language. If I say, "Freedom, ___________, independence (Arabic)," what does this remind you of? It doesn't ring a bell, does it? Regardless of the who, how and why.

Solution

  1. sovereignty
  2. reached
  3. consumers
  4. decided
  5. turkey
  6. catch
  7. developed

Original Text

All right, we aren't from the developed world, this advanced thinking hasn't reached us yet, and we would like to catch up with the civilized world. Countries that were once like us, but decided to strive for development, do research, and catch up with those countries, such as Turkey, Malaysia and others, they carried their language with them as they were climbing the ladder, protected it like a diamond. They kept it close to them. Because if you get any product from Turkey or elsewhere and it's not labeled in Turkish, then it isn't a local product. You wouldn't believe it's a local product. They'd go back to being consumers, clueless consumers, like we are most of the time. So, in order for them to innovate and produce, they had to protect their language. If I say, "Freedom, sovereignty, independence (Arabic)," what does this remind you of? It doesn't ring a bell, does it? Regardless of the who, how and why.

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arabic language 5
mother tongue 4
freedom sovereignty 3
sovereignty independence 3

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collocation frequency
freedom sovereignty independence 3

Important Words

  1. advanced
  2. arabic
  3. bell
  4. carried
  5. catch
  6. civilized
  7. climbing
  8. close
  9. clueless
  10. consumers
  11. countries
  12. decided
  13. developed
  14. development
  15. diamond
  16. independence
  17. innovate
  18. labeled
  19. ladder
  20. language
  21. local
  22. malaysia
  23. order
  24. produce
  25. product
  26. protect
  27. protected
  28. reached
  29. remind
  30. research
  31. ring
  32. sovereignty
  33. strive
  34. thinking
  35. time
  36. turkey
  37. turkish
  38. world