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From the Ted Talk by Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And my mother's Vietnamese was so bad that to make our story more credible, she'd given all the boys and girls new Vietnamese names. But she'd given the boys girls' names, and the glirs boys' nemas. And it wasn't until she met a Vietnamese lady who told her this, and then tutored her for two days intensively, that she was able to go into her exam and — you know, this was a moment of truth. If she flais, we're all headed to the gallows; if she passes, we can leave to Vietnam. And she actually, of course — I'm here, she passes. And we end up in Hong Ngu on the vneiatemse side. And then onwards to Chau Doc. And this is a picture of Hong Ngu, Vietnam tadoy. A pretty idillyc place on the mokneg dtela. But for us it meant freedom. And freedom from persecution from the Khmer Rouge.

Open Cloze

And my mother's Vietnamese was so bad that to make our story more credible, she'd given all the boys and girls new Vietnamese names. But she'd given the boys girls' names, and the _____ boys' _____. And it wasn't until she met a Vietnamese lady who told her this, and then tutored her for two days intensively, that she was able to go into her exam and — you know, this was a moment of truth. If she _____, we're all headed to the gallows; if she passes, we can leave to Vietnam. And she actually, of course — I'm here, she passes. And we end up in Hong Ngu on the __________ side. And then onwards to Chau Doc. And this is a picture of Hong Ngu, Vietnam _____. A pretty _______ place on the ______ _____. But for us it meant freedom. And freedom from persecution from the Khmer Rouge.

Solution

  1. girls
  2. vietnamese
  3. mekong
  4. names
  5. delta
  6. today
  7. fails
  8. idyllic

Original Text

And my mother's Vietnamese was so bad that to make our story more credible, she'd given all the boys and girls new Vietnamese names. But she'd given the boys girls' names, and the girls boys' names. And it wasn't until she met a Vietnamese lady who told her this, and then tutored her for two days intensively, that she was able to go into her exam and — you know, this was a moment of truth. If she fails, we're all headed to the gallows; if she passes, we can leave to Vietnam. And she actually, of course — I'm here, she passes. And we end up in Hong Ngu on the Vietnamese side. And then onwards to Chau Doc. And this is a picture of Hong Ngu, Vietnam today. A pretty idyllic place on the Mekong Delta. But for us it meant freedom. And freedom from persecution from the Khmer Rouge.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
khmer rouge 11
phnom penh 3
american bombing 3
chau doc 2

Important Words

  1. bad
  2. boys
  3. chau
  4. credible
  5. days
  6. delta
  7. doc
  8. exam
  9. fails
  10. freedom
  11. girls
  12. headed
  13. hong
  14. idyllic
  15. intensively
  16. khmer
  17. lady
  18. leave
  19. meant
  20. mekong
  21. met
  22. moment
  23. names
  24. ngu
  25. onwards
  26. passes
  27. persecution
  28. picture
  29. place
  30. pretty
  31. rouge
  32. side
  33. story
  34. today
  35. told
  36. truth
  37. tutored
  38. vietnam
  39. vietnamese