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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But perhaps the most amazing example of the lengths that ppeloe were prepared to go to to help me read the wlrod, came towards the end of my qsuet, when I tried to get hold of a book from the tiny, Portuguese-speaking African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. Now, having snept several months trying everything I could think of to find a book that had been translated into English from the nation, it seemed as though the only option left to me was to see if I could get something translated for me from scratch. Now, I was really dubious whether anyone was going to want to help with this, and give up their time for something like that. But, within a week of me putting a call out on ttteiwr and Facebook for Portuguese srekepas, I had more people than I could involve in the project, including mrraeagt Jull Costa, a leader in her fleid, who has translated the work of Nobel Prize wnenir José Saramago. With my nine volunteers in place, I managed to find a book by a São Toméan author that I could buy enough copies of online. Here's one of them. And I sent a copy out to each of my volunteers. They all took on a couple of short sreiots from this collection, stuck to their word, sent their tiatrsaolnns back to me, and within six weeks, I had the entire book to read.

Open Cloze

But perhaps the most amazing example of the lengths that ______ were prepared to go to to help me read the _____, came towards the end of my _____, when I tried to get hold of a book from the tiny, Portuguese-speaking African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. Now, having _____ several months trying everything I could think of to find a book that had been translated into English from the nation, it seemed as though the only option left to me was to see if I could get something translated for me from scratch. Now, I was really dubious whether anyone was going to want to help with this, and give up their time for something like that. But, within a week of me putting a call out on _______ and Facebook for Portuguese ________, I had more people than I could involve in the project, including ________ Jull Costa, a leader in her _____, who has translated the work of Nobel Prize ______ José Saramago. With my nine volunteers in place, I managed to find a book by a São Toméan author that I could buy enough copies of online. Here's one of them. And I sent a copy out to each of my volunteers. They all took on a couple of short _______ from this collection, stuck to their word, sent their ____________ back to me, and within six weeks, I had the entire book to read.

Solution

  1. field
  2. quest
  3. twitter
  4. people
  5. speakers
  6. stories
  7. world
  8. winner
  9. margaret
  10. spent
  11. translations

Original Text

But perhaps the most amazing example of the lengths that people were prepared to go to to help me read the world, came towards the end of my quest, when I tried to get hold of a book from the tiny, Portuguese-speaking African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. Now, having spent several months trying everything I could think of to find a book that had been translated into English from the nation, it seemed as though the only option left to me was to see if I could get something translated for me from scratch. Now, I was really dubious whether anyone was going to want to help with this, and give up their time for something like that. But, within a week of me putting a call out on Twitter and Facebook for Portuguese speakers, I had more people than I could involve in the project, including Margaret Jull Costa, a leader in her field, who has translated the work of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago. With my nine volunteers in place, I managed to find a book by a São Toméan author that I could buy enough copies of online. Here's one of them. And I sent a copy out to each of my volunteers. They all took on a couple of short stories from this collection, stuck to their word, sent their translations back to me, and within six weeks, I had the entire book to read.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
english language 3
appeal online 3

Important Words

  1. african
  2. amazing
  3. author
  4. book
  5. buy
  6. call
  7. collection
  8. copies
  9. copy
  10. costa
  11. couple
  12. dubious
  13. english
  14. entire
  15. facebook
  16. field
  17. find
  18. give
  19. hold
  20. including
  21. involve
  22. island
  23. josé
  24. jull
  25. leader
  26. left
  27. lengths
  28. managed
  29. margaret
  30. months
  31. nation
  32. nobel
  33. online
  34. option
  35. people
  36. place
  37. portuguese
  38. prepared
  39. prize
  40. project
  41. príncipe
  42. putting
  43. quest
  44. read
  45. saramago
  46. scratch
  47. short
  48. speakers
  49. spent
  50. stories
  51. stuck
  52. são
  53. time
  54. tiny
  55. tomé
  56. toméan
  57. translated
  58. translations
  59. twitter
  60. volunteers
  61. week
  62. weeks
  63. winner
  64. word
  65. work
  66. world