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

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The idea is that these expressions remnid us of a specific thing. I have a foahcnprone friend who's married to a French man. I asked her once how things were going. She said, "Everything is fine, but once, I spent a whole nghit asking and trying to translate the meaning of the word 'toqborni' for him." (Laughter) (Applause) The poor woman had mistakenly told him "toqborni," and then spent the whole night trying to explain it to him. He was puzzled by the thought: "How could anyone be this cruel? Does she want to commit sicudie? 'Bury me?' (English)" This is one of the few examples.

Open Cloze

The idea is that these expressions ______ us of a specific thing. I have a ___________ friend who's married to a French man. I asked her once how things were going. She said, "Everything is fine, but once, I spent a whole _____ asking and trying to translate the meaning of the word 'toqborni' for him." (Laughter) (Applause) The poor woman had mistakenly told him "toqborni," and then spent the whole night trying to explain it to him. He was puzzled by the thought: "How could anyone be this cruel? Does she want to commit _______? 'Bury me?' (English)" This is one of the few examples.

Solution

  1. remind
  2. francophone
  3. suicide
  4. night

Original Text

The idea is that these expressions remind us of a specific thing. I have a francophone friend who's married to a French man. I asked her once how things were going. She said, "Everything is fine, but once, I spent a whole night asking and trying to translate the meaning of the word 'toqborni' for him." (Laughter) (Applause) The poor woman had mistakenly told him "toqborni," and then spent the whole night trying to explain it to him. He was puzzled by the thought: "How could anyone be this cruel? Does she want to commit suicide? 'Bury me?' (English)" This is one of the few examples.

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Important Words

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