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"From the Ted Talk by Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

We had — quite a few our colleagues were connected by a computer network. And we got more povciurtde because we didn't have to exchange floppy disks; we could update each other more often. But one time it broke down. And it reminded me of a day in 1971. There was a war going on in my country. And my flamiy moved out of an urban place, where we used to live, to a remote rural area where it was safer. And one time my mother asked me to get some medicine for a younger sibling. And I walked 10 miles or so, all mnirong, to get there, to the miicnede man. And he wasn't there, so I walked all atfroonen back. So I had another uotircpvdune day.

Open Cloze

We had — quite a few our colleagues were connected by a computer network. And we got more __________ because we didn't have to exchange floppy disks; we could update each other more often. But one time it broke down. And it reminded me of a day in 1971. There was a war going on in my country. And my ______ moved out of an urban place, where we used to live, to a remote rural area where it was safer. And one time my mother asked me to get some medicine for a younger sibling. And I walked 10 miles or so, all _______, to get there, to the ________ man. And he wasn't there, so I walked all _________ back. So I had another ____________ day.

Solution

  1. productive
  2. unproductive
  3. family
  4. morning
  5. afternoon
  6. medicine

Original Text

We had — quite a few our colleagues were connected by a computer network. And we got more productive because we didn't have to exchange floppy disks; we could update each other more often. But one time it broke down. And it reminded me of a day in 1971. There was a war going on in my country. And my family moved out of an urban place, where we used to live, to a remote rural area where it was safer. And one time my mother asked me to get some medicine for a younger sibling. And I walked 10 miles or so, all morning, to get there, to the medicine man. And he wasn't there, so I walked all afternoon back. So I had another unproductive day.

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collocation frequency
poor people 4
million dollars 4
rich countries 3
private companies 3
poor country 3
poor countries 3
million people 3

Important Words

  1. afternoon
  2. area
  3. asked
  4. broke
  5. colleagues
  6. computer
  7. connected
  8. country
  9. day
  10. exchange
  11. family
  12. floppy
  13. live
  14. man
  15. medicine
  16. miles
  17. morning
  18. mother
  19. moved
  20. network
  21. place
  22. productive
  23. reminded
  24. remote
  25. rural
  26. safer
  27. sibling
  28. time
  29. unproductive
  30. update
  31. urban
  32. walked
  33. war
  34. younger