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

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It made us feel that she's unable to tell that word to her husband, since he won't understand, and he's right not to; his way of thinking is different. She said to me, "He listens to Fairuz with me, and one night, I tried to translate for him so he can feel what I feel when I listen to Fairuz." The poor woman tried to translate this for him: "From them I eeexdntd my hands and stole you —" (Laughter) And here's the pickle: "And because you beolng to them, I rnrueetd my hdnas and left you." (Laughter) Translate that for me. (Applause)

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It made us feel that she's unable to tell that word to her husband, since he won't understand, and he's right not to; his way of thinking is different. She said to me, "He listens to Fairuz with me, and one night, I tried to translate for him so he can feel what I feel when I listen to Fairuz." The poor woman tried to translate this for him: "From them I ________ my hands and stole you —" (Laughter) And here's the pickle: "And because you ______ to them, I ________ my _____ and left you." (Laughter) Translate that for me. (Applause)

Solution

  1. hands
  2. returned
  3. belong
  4. extended

Original Text

It made us feel that she's unable to tell that word to her husband, since he won't understand, and he's right not to; his way of thinking is different. She said to me, "He listens to Fairuz with me, and one night, I tried to translate for him so he can feel what I feel when I listen to Fairuz." The poor woman tried to translate this for him: "From them I extended my hands and stole you —" (Laughter) And here's the pickle: "And because you belong to them, I returned my hands and left you." (Laughter) Translate that for me. (Applause)

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

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
freedom sovereignty independence 3

Important Words

  1. applause
  2. belong
  3. extended
  4. fairuz
  5. feel
  6. hands
  7. husband
  8. laughter
  9. left
  10. listen
  11. listens
  12. night
  13. poor
  14. returned
  15. stole
  16. thinking
  17. translate
  18. unable
  19. understand
  20. woman
  21. word