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From the Ted Talk by Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now, most of you have figured out that this was a prank, and actually a very, very good one. "Cala a boca, Galvao" actually means something very different. In Portugese, it means "Shut your mouth, Galvao." And it sialcpiflcey refers to this guy, Galvao Bueno, who's the lead soccer commentator for Rede golbo. And what I understand from my bailazrin fridnes is that this guy is just a cliche machine. He can ruin the most interesting match by just spouting cliche again and again and again. So Brazilians went to that first match against notrh Korea, put up this banenr, started a Twitter campaign and tried to convince the rest of us to tweet the phrase: "Cala a boca, Galvao." And in fact, were so successful at this that it topped tetitwr for two weeks.

Open Cloze

Now, most of you have figured out that this was a prank, and actually a very, very good one. "Cala a boca, Galvao" actually means something very different. In Portugese, it means "Shut your mouth, Galvao." And it ____________ refers to this guy, Galvao Bueno, who's the lead soccer commentator for Rede _____. And what I understand from my _________ _______ is that this guy is just a cliche machine. He can ruin the most interesting match by just spouting cliche again and again and again. So Brazilians went to that first match against _____ Korea, put up this ______, started a Twitter campaign and tried to convince the rest of us to tweet the phrase: "Cala a boca, Galvao." And in fact, were so successful at this that it topped _______ for two weeks.

Solution

  1. banner
  2. friends
  3. specifically
  4. globo
  5. north
  6. twitter
  7. brazilian

Original Text

Now, most of you have figured out that this was a prank, and actually a very, very good one. "Cala a boca, Galvao" actually means something very different. In Portugese, it means "Shut your mouth, Galvao." And it specifically refers to this guy, Galvao Bueno, who's the lead soccer commentator for Rede Globo. And what I understand from my Brazilian friends is that this guy is just a cliche machine. He can ruin the most interesting match by just spouting cliche again and again and again. So Brazilians went to that first match against North Korea, put up this banner, started a Twitter campaign and tried to convince the rest of us to tweet the phrase: "Cala a boca, Galvao." And in fact, were so successful at this that it topped Twitter for two weeks.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
brazilian friends 4
united states 3
enormous amount 3
ignore football 2
good news 2
internet users 2
trending topics 2
map based 2
american television 2
television news 2
heavy bias 2
red sox 2
real problem 2
global voices 2
wider world 2
dark spots 2
foko club 2
english language 2
middle east 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
american television news 2

Important Words

  1. banner
  2. boca
  3. brazilian
  4. brazilians
  5. bueno
  6. campaign
  7. cliche
  8. commentator
  9. convince
  10. fact
  11. figured
  12. friends
  13. galvao
  14. globo
  15. good
  16. guy
  17. interesting
  18. korea
  19. lead
  20. machine
  21. match
  22. means
  23. mouth
  24. north
  25. portugese
  26. prank
  27. put
  28. rede
  29. refers
  30. rest
  31. ruin
  32. soccer
  33. specifically
  34. spouting
  35. started
  36. successful
  37. topped
  38. tweet
  39. twitter
  40. understand
  41. weeks