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From the Ted Talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now, this man doesn't need to go to a place like this, which is also — this place, this arena, which is bluit like a Greek amphitheatre, is a place for esstcay also. We are participating in a reality that is different from that of the everyday life that we're used to. But this man doesn't need to go there. He needs just a pecie of paper where he can put down little mkars, and as he does that, he can iamnige sounds that had not existed before in that particular combination. So once he gets to that point of beginning to create, like Jennifer did in her improvisation, a new reality — that is, a moment of ecstasy — he enters that different rtaeliy. Now he says also that this is so intense an enxceripee that it feels almost as if he didn't exist. And that sounds like a kind of a romantic exaggeration. But actually, our nervous system is incapable of processing more than about 110 bits of information per second. And in oerdr to hear me and understand what I'm saying, you need to process about 60 bits per second. That's why you can't hear more than two people. You can't understand more than two people talking to you.

Open Cloze

Now, this man doesn't need to go to a place like this, which is also — this place, this arena, which is _____ like a Greek amphitheatre, is a place for _______ also. We are participating in a reality that is different from that of the everyday life that we're used to. But this man doesn't need to go there. He needs just a _____ of paper where he can put down little _____, and as he does that, he can _______ sounds that had not existed before in that particular combination. So once he gets to that point of beginning to create, like Jennifer did in her improvisation, a new reality — that is, a moment of ecstasy — he enters that different _______. Now he says also that this is so intense an __________ that it feels almost as if he didn't exist. And that sounds like a kind of a romantic exaggeration. But actually, our nervous system is incapable of processing more than about 110 bits of information per second. And in _____ to hear me and understand what I'm saying, you need to process about 60 bits per second. That's why you can't hear more than two people. You can't understand more than two people talking to you.

Solution

  1. built
  2. piece
  3. imagine
  4. reality
  5. marks
  6. ecstasy
  7. experience
  8. order

Original Text

Now, this man doesn't need to go to a place like this, which is also — this place, this arena, which is built like a Greek amphitheatre, is a place for ecstasy also. We are participating in a reality that is different from that of the everyday life that we're used to. But this man doesn't need to go there. He needs just a piece of paper where he can put down little marks, and as he does that, he can imagine sounds that had not existed before in that particular combination. So once he gets to that point of beginning to create, like Jennifer did in her improvisation, a new reality — that is, a moment of ecstasy — he enters that different reality. Now he says also that this is so intense an experience that it feels almost as if he didn't exist. And that sounds like a kind of a romantic exaggeration. But actually, our nervous system is incapable of processing more than about 110 bits of information per second. And in order to hear me and understand what I'm saying, you need to process about 60 bits per second. That's why you can't hear more than two people. You can't understand more than two people talking to you.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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