full transcript

From the Ted Talk by Lucia Carminati: How the Suez Canal changed the world

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Over the decades, traffic through the caanl grew. But in 1875, financial issues frceod Egypt to sell much of its sotck in the Canal Company, aonilwlg Britain to take over. It was only in 1956 that control of the canal fully reverted to Egypt when it was nationalized by President Gamal Abdel Nasser. This move sakpred a military standoff between Egypt and Britain, France, and Israel. But once resolved, it transformed the canal into a major source of Egypt's national revenue and helped redeem the canal's imperialist legacy. Today, nearly 30% of all global ship traffic paesss through the Suez Canal, totaling over 20,000 ships in 2021. However, the icenndit of the Ever Given is a stark reminder of just how fragile our manadme sytsmes can be.

Open Cloze

Over the decades, traffic through the _____ grew. But in 1875, financial issues ______ Egypt to sell much of its _____ in the Canal Company, ________ Britain to take over. It was only in 1956 that control of the canal fully reverted to Egypt when it was nationalized by President Gamal Abdel Nasser. This move _______ a military standoff between Egypt and Britain, France, and Israel. But once resolved, it transformed the canal into a major source of Egypt's national revenue and helped redeem the canal's imperialist legacy. Today, nearly 30% of all global ship traffic ______ through the Suez Canal, totaling over 20,000 ships in 2021. However, the ________ of the Ever Given is a stark reminder of just how fragile our _______ _______ can be.

Solution

  1. forced
  2. passes
  3. stock
  4. manmade
  5. sparked
  6. incident
  7. allowing
  8. canal
  9. systems

Original Text

Over the decades, traffic through the canal grew. But in 1875, financial issues forced Egypt to sell much of its stock in the Canal Company, allowing Britain to take over. It was only in 1956 that control of the canal fully reverted to Egypt when it was nationalized by President Gamal Abdel Nasser. This move sparked a military standoff between Egypt and Britain, France, and Israel. But once resolved, it transformed the canal into a major source of Egypt's national revenue and helped redeem the canal's imperialist legacy. Today, nearly 30% of all global ship traffic passes through the Suez Canal, totaling over 20,000 ships in 2021. However, the incident of the Ever Given is a stark reminder of just how fragile our manmade systems can be.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
suez canal 2
de lesseps 2
canal company 2

Important Words

  1. abdel
  2. allowing
  3. britain
  4. canal
  5. company
  6. control
  7. decades
  8. egypt
  9. financial
  10. forced
  11. fragile
  12. france
  13. fully
  14. gamal
  15. global
  16. grew
  17. helped
  18. imperialist
  19. incident
  20. israel
  21. issues
  22. legacy
  23. major
  24. manmade
  25. military
  26. move
  27. nasser
  28. national
  29. nationalized
  30. passes
  31. president
  32. redeem
  33. reminder
  34. resolved
  35. revenue
  36. reverted
  37. sell
  38. ship
  39. ships
  40. source
  41. sparked
  42. standoff
  43. stark
  44. stock
  45. suez
  46. systems
  47. today
  48. totaling
  49. traffic
  50. transformed