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"From the Ted Talk by Ann Morgan: My year reading a book from every country in the world"

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And when I thought about it, it seemed like a real shame. I knew there had to be lots of amazing stories out there by writers working in languages other than English. And it seemed really sad to think that my reading hbatis meant I would probably never encounter them. So, I deidced to pbcirsere myself an intensive course of global reading. 2012 was set to be a very ientinntaoarl year for the UK; it was the year of the London Olympics. And so I decided to use it as my time frame to try to read a novel, sohrt stroy collection or memoir from every country in the world. And so I did. And it was very exciting and I leaenrd some remarkable things and made some wonderful connections that I want to share with you today.

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And when I thought about it, it seemed like a real shame. I knew there had to be lots of amazing stories out there by writers working in languages other than English. And it seemed really sad to think that my reading ______ meant I would probably never encounter them. So, I _______ to _________ myself an intensive course of global reading. 2012 was set to be a very _____________ year for the UK; it was the year of the London Olympics. And so I decided to use it as my time frame to try to read a novel, _____ _____ collection or memoir from every country in the world. And so I did. And it was very exciting and I _______ some remarkable things and made some wonderful connections that I want to share with you today.

Solution

  1. story
  2. short
  3. decided
  4. prescribe
  5. habits
  6. international
  7. learned

Original Text

And when I thought about it, it seemed like a real shame. I knew there had to be lots of amazing stories out there by writers working in languages other than English. And it seemed really sad to think that my reading habits meant I would probably never encounter them. So, I decided to prescribe myself an intensive course of global reading. 2012 was set to be a very international year for the UK; it was the year of the London Olympics. And so I decided to use it as my time frame to try to read a novel, short story collection or memoir from every country in the world. And so I did. And it was very exciting and I learned some remarkable things and made some wonderful connections that I want to share with you today.

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