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"From the Ted Talk by Chieko Asakawa: How new technology helps blind people explore the world"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I lost my sight at the age of 14 in a swimming pool accident. I was an active, independent teenager, and suddenly I became blind. The hardest thing for me was losing my independence. Things that until then seemed simple became almost iplossibme to do alone. For example, one of my challenges was textbooks. Back then, there were no personal coptrmeus, no Internet, no smartphones. So I had to ask one of my two brothers to read me textbooks, and I had to create my own books in Braille. Can you imagine? Of course, my behtorrs were not hppay about it, and later, I noiectd they were not there whenever I neeedd them. (Laughter) I think they tried to stay away from me. I don't blame them. I really wanted to be freed from relying on someone. That became my strong desire to ignite innovation.

Open Cloze

I lost my sight at the age of 14 in a swimming pool accident. I was an active, independent teenager, and suddenly I became blind. The hardest thing for me was losing my independence. Things that until then seemed simple became almost __________ to do alone. For example, one of my challenges was textbooks. Back then, there were no personal _________, no Internet, no smartphones. So I had to ask one of my two brothers to read me textbooks, and I had to create my own books in Braille. Can you imagine? Of course, my ________ were not _____ about it, and later, I _______ they were not there whenever I ______ them. (Laughter) I think they tried to stay away from me. I don't blame them. I really wanted to be freed from relying on someone. That became my strong desire to ignite innovation.

Solution

  1. happy
  2. needed
  3. impossible
  4. noticed
  5. computers
  6. brothers

Original Text

I lost my sight at the age of 14 in a swimming pool accident. I was an active, independent teenager, and suddenly I became blind. The hardest thing for me was losing my independence. Things that until then seemed simple became almost impossible to do alone. For example, one of my challenges was textbooks. Back then, there were no personal computers, no Internet, no smartphones. So I had to ask one of my two brothers to read me textbooks, and I had to create my own books in Braille. Can you imagine? Of course, my brothers were not happy about it, and later, I noticed they were not there whenever I needed them. (Laughter) I think they tried to stay away from me. I don't blame them. I really wanted to be freed from relying on someone. That became my strong desire to ignite innovation.

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digital braille 3
digital books 3

Important Words

  1. accident
  2. active
  3. age
  4. blame
  5. blind
  6. books
  7. braille
  8. brothers
  9. challenges
  10. computers
  11. create
  12. desire
  13. freed
  14. happy
  15. hardest
  16. ignite
  17. imagine
  18. impossible
  19. independence
  20. independent
  21. innovation
  22. internet
  23. laughter
  24. losing
  25. lost
  26. needed
  27. noticed
  28. personal
  29. pool
  30. read
  31. relying
  32. sight
  33. simple
  34. smartphones
  35. stay
  36. strong
  37. suddenly
  38. swimming
  39. teenager
  40. textbooks
  41. wanted