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From the Ted Talk by Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

Unscramble the Blue Letters

DL: We're going to play a tune and Natalie's going to accompany me on the pniao. The Cape Breton piano pnyailg is just awesome. It's very rhythmic and, you'll see it. My mom plays piano, and she learned to play before they had a piano at home in Cape Breton. Before Mom's family had a piano in Cape Breton, she learned to play the rhythms on a piece of board, and the frddiles would all congregate to play on the cold winter's evenings and Mom would be banging on this board, so when they bought a piano, they bought it in Toronto and had it taken by train and brought in on a horse, a hsore and sleigh to the husoe. It became the only piano in the region, and Mom said she could basically play as soon as the piano arrived, she could play it because she had learned all these rhythms. Anyway, we found the piano last year and were able to bnirg it back home. We prauehscd it. It had gone through, like, five or six families, and it was just a big thing for us, and we found actually an old piuctre of somebody and their filamy years ago. Anyway, I'm blabbering on here.

Open Cloze

DL: We're going to play a tune and Natalie's going to accompany me on the _____. The Cape Breton piano _______ is just awesome. It's very rhythmic and, you'll see it. My mom plays piano, and she learned to play before they had a piano at home in Cape Breton. Before Mom's family had a piano in Cape Breton, she learned to play the rhythms on a piece of board, and the ________ would all congregate to play on the cold winter's evenings and Mom would be banging on this board, so when they bought a piano, they bought it in Toronto and had it taken by train and brought in on a horse, a _____ and sleigh to the _____. It became the only piano in the region, and Mom said she could basically play as soon as the piano arrived, she could play it because she had learned all these rhythms. Anyway, we found the piano last year and were able to _____ it back home. We _________ it. It had gone through, like, five or six families, and it was just a big thing for us, and we found actually an old _______ of somebody and their ______ years ago. Anyway, I'm blabbering on here.

Solution

  1. playing
  2. horse
  3. bring
  4. fiddlers
  5. family
  6. house
  7. picture
  8. purchased
  9. piano

Original Text

DL: We're going to play a tune and Natalie's going to accompany me on the piano. The Cape Breton piano playing is just awesome. It's very rhythmic and, you'll see it. My mom plays piano, and she learned to play before they had a piano at home in Cape Breton. Before Mom's family had a piano in Cape Breton, she learned to play the rhythms on a piece of board, and the fiddlers would all congregate to play on the cold winter's evenings and Mom would be banging on this board, so when they bought a piano, they bought it in Toronto and had it taken by train and brought in on a horse, a horse and sleigh to the house. It became the only piano in the region, and Mom said she could basically play as soon as the piano arrived, she could play it because she had learned all these rhythms. Anyway, we found the piano last year and were able to bring it back home. We purchased it. It had gone through, like, five or six families, and it was just a big thing for us, and we found actually an old picture of somebody and their family years ago. Anyway, I'm blabbering on here.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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cape breton 8
ottawa valley 3
gonna play 2

Important Words

  1. accompany
  2. arrived
  3. awesome
  4. banging
  5. basically
  6. big
  7. blabbering
  8. board
  9. bought
  10. breton
  11. bring
  12. brought
  13. cape
  14. cold
  15. congregate
  16. evenings
  17. families
  18. family
  19. fiddlers
  20. home
  21. horse
  22. house
  23. learned
  24. mom
  25. piano
  26. picture
  27. piece
  28. play
  29. playing
  30. plays
  31. purchased
  32. region
  33. rhythmic
  34. rhythms
  35. sleigh
  36. toronto
  37. train
  38. tune
  39. year
  40. years