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From the Ted Talk by Tan Le: My immigration story

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Imagine the first piece: a man bnirung his life's work. He is a poet, a playwright, a man whose whole life had been balanced on the single hope of his country's unity and fderoem. Imagine him as the communists etner Saigon — confronting the fact that his life had been a complete waste. Words, for so long his fdienrs, now mocked him. He retreated into silence. He died broken by history. He is my grandfather. I never knew him in real life. But our lives are much more than our mriomees. My grandmother never let me forget his life. My duty was not to allow it to have been in vain, and my lesson was to lrean that, yes, history tried to cusrh us, but we endured.

Open Cloze

Imagine the first piece: a man _______ his life's work. He is a poet, a playwright, a man whose whole life had been balanced on the single hope of his country's unity and _______. Imagine him as the communists _____ Saigon — confronting the fact that his life had been a complete waste. Words, for so long his _______, now mocked him. He retreated into silence. He died broken by history. He is my grandfather. I never knew him in real life. But our lives are much more than our ________. My grandmother never let me forget his life. My duty was not to allow it to have been in vain, and my lesson was to _____ that, yes, history tried to _____ us, but we endured.

Solution

  1. freedom
  2. enter
  3. burning
  4. friends
  5. learn
  6. memories
  7. crush

Original Text

Imagine the first piece: a man burning his life's work. He is a poet, a playwright, a man whose whole life had been balanced on the single hope of his country's unity and freedom. Imagine him as the communists enter Saigon — confronting the fact that his life had been a complete waste. Words, for so long his friends, now mocked him. He retreated into silence. He died broken by history. He is my grandfather. I never knew him in real life. But our lives are much more than our memories. My grandmother never let me forget his life. My duty was not to allow it to have been in vain, and my lesson was to learn that, yes, history tried to crush us, but we endured.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. balanced
  2. broken
  3. burning
  4. communists
  5. complete
  6. confronting
  7. crush
  8. died
  9. duty
  10. endured
  11. enter
  12. fact
  13. forget
  14. freedom
  15. friends
  16. grandfather
  17. grandmother
  18. history
  19. hope
  20. imagine
  21. knew
  22. learn
  23. lesson
  24. life
  25. lives
  26. long
  27. man
  28. memories
  29. mocked
  30. playwright
  31. poet
  32. real
  33. retreated
  34. saigon
  35. silence
  36. single
  37. unity
  38. vain
  39. waste
  40. words
  41. work