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From the Ted Talk by Tan Le: My immigration story

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Tan Le, anonymous Footscray resident, was now Tan Le, refugee and sioacl acsiivtt, intievd to speak in vuenes she had never heard of and into homes whose existence she could never have imagined. I didn't know the protocols. I didn't know how to use the ctulrey. I didn't know how to talk about wine. I didn't know how to talk about anything. I wanted to retreat to the routines and comfort of life in an unsung suburb — a grandmother, a mother and two daughters ending each day as they had for almost 20 years, telling one another the story of their day and finallg asleep, the three of us still in the same bed. I told my mhoter I couldn't do it. She reminded me that I was now the same age she had been when we boarded the boat. "No" had never been an option. "Just do it," she said, "and don't be what you're not."

Open Cloze

Tan Le, anonymous Footscray resident, was now Tan Le, refugee and ______ ________, _______ to speak in ______ she had never heard of and into homes whose existence she could never have imagined. I didn't know the protocols. I didn't know how to use the _______. I didn't know how to talk about wine. I didn't know how to talk about anything. I wanted to retreat to the routines and comfort of life in an unsung suburb — a grandmother, a mother and two daughters ending each day as they had for almost 20 years, telling one another the story of their day and _______ asleep, the three of us still in the same bed. I told my ______ I couldn't do it. She reminded me that I was now the same age she had been when we boarded the boat. "No" had never been an option. "Just do it," she said, "and don't be what you're not."

Solution

  1. venues
  2. cutlery
  3. invited
  4. mother
  5. activist
  6. social
  7. falling

Original Text

Tan Le, anonymous Footscray resident, was now Tan Le, refugee and social activist, invited to speak in venues she had never heard of and into homes whose existence she could never have imagined. I didn't know the protocols. I didn't know how to use the cutlery. I didn't know how to talk about wine. I didn't know how to talk about anything. I wanted to retreat to the routines and comfort of life in an unsung suburb — a grandmother, a mother and two daughters ending each day as they had for almost 20 years, telling one another the story of their day and falling asleep, the three of us still in the same bed. I told my mother I couldn't do it. She reminded me that I was now the same age she had been when we boarded the boat. "No" had never been an option. "Just do it," she said, "and don't be what you're not."

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Important Words

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  31. speak
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  42. years