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From the Ted Talk by Charles Anderson: Dragonflies that fly across oceans

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So, I was quite pleased with myself. I thought wow, I've trceakd this one, I know how they come here. Then I scratched my head a bit, and that's okay, I know how they come here, but why do they come here? What are millions of dragonflies doing, flying out over the ocean every year to their apparent doom? It doesn't make sense. There is nothing for them in Maldives. What on erath are they doing? Well, to cut a long story short, they're actually fnyilg right across the ocean. They're mnkiag it all the way across to East Africa.

Open Cloze

So, I was quite pleased with myself. I thought wow, I've _______ this one, I know how they come here. Then I scratched my head a bit, and that's okay, I know how they come here, but why do they come here? What are millions of dragonflies doing, flying out over the ocean every year to their apparent doom? It doesn't make sense. There is nothing for them in Maldives. What on _____ are they doing? Well, to cut a long story short, they're actually ______ right across the ocean. They're ______ it all the way across to East Africa.

Solution

  1. earth
  2. tracked
  3. flying
  4. making

Original Text

So, I was quite pleased with myself. I thought wow, I've tracked this one, I know how they come here. Then I scratched my head a bit, and that's okay, I know how they come here, but why do they come here? What are millions of dragonflies doing, flying out over the ocean every year to their apparent doom? It doesn't make sense. There is nothing for them in Maldives. What on Earth are they doing? Well, to cut a long story short, they're actually flying right across the ocean. They're making it all the way across to East Africa.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
fresh water 8
northeast monsoon 6
southwest monsoon 5
blue whales 3
east africa 3
amur falcon 3
monsoon rain 2
coral reefs 2
sand banks 2
sea level 2
bit curious 2
rigorous scientific 2
front moves 2
seasonal rains 2
monsoon rains 2
seasonal rain 2
rains broke 2
summer rains 2
automatically carried 2
indian ocean 2
moves south 2

Important Words

  1. africa
  2. apparent
  3. bit
  4. cut
  5. doom
  6. dragonflies
  7. earth
  8. east
  9. flying
  10. head
  11. long
  12. making
  13. maldives
  14. millions
  15. ocean
  16. pleased
  17. scratched
  18. sense
  19. short
  20. story
  21. thought
  22. tracked
  23. wow
  24. year