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From the Ted Talk by Matthew Williams: Special Olympics let me be myself -- a champion

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The change in them was azimang. They were more excited, happy and confident, because their coach could vocally communicate with them. And they were emotional because they could hear the sounds of the basketball, the sounds of the whistle and the cheering fans in the stands — snuods that we take for granted. Special Olympics is transforming more than just the athlete in their sport. scaipel Olympics is tfrsomanirng their lives off the field. This year, research findings showed that nearly half of the adults in the US don't know a single person with an intellectual disability, and the 44 percent of Americans who don't have personal contact with intellectual disabilities are significantly less accepting and ptivisoe.

Open Cloze

The change in them was _______. They were more excited, happy and confident, because their coach could vocally communicate with them. And they were emotional because they could hear the sounds of the basketball, the sounds of the whistle and the cheering fans in the stands — ______ that we take for granted. Special Olympics is transforming more than just the athlete in their sport. _______ Olympics is ____________ their lives off the field. This year, research findings showed that nearly half of the adults in the US don't know a single person with an intellectual disability, and the 44 percent of Americans who don't have personal contact with intellectual disabilities are significantly less accepting and ________.

Solution

  1. positive
  2. amazing
  3. transforming
  4. special
  5. sounds

Original Text

The change in them was amazing. They were more excited, happy and confident, because their coach could vocally communicate with them. And they were emotional because they could hear the sounds of the basketball, the sounds of the whistle and the cheering fans in the stands — sounds that we take for granted. Special Olympics is transforming more than just the athlete in their sport. Special Olympics is transforming their lives off the field. This year, research findings showed that nearly half of the adults in the US don't know a single person with an intellectual disability, and the 44 percent of Americans who don't have personal contact with intellectual disabilities are significantly less accepting and positive.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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intellectual disabilities 15
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basketball team 3
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olympics athletes 2
million times 2
million athletes 2
disabilities die 2
years younger 2
nigerian basketball 2
olympics teaches 2

ngrams of length 3

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special olympics athletes 2
intellectual disabilities die 2
nigerian basketball team 2
special olympics teaches 2

Important Words

  1. accepting
  2. adults
  3. amazing
  4. americans
  5. athlete
  6. basketball
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  10. communicate
  11. confident
  12. contact
  13. disabilities
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  15. emotional
  16. excited
  17. fans
  18. field
  19. findings
  20. granted
  21. happy
  22. hear
  23. intellectual
  24. lives
  25. olympics
  26. percent
  27. person
  28. personal
  29. positive
  30. research
  31. showed
  32. significantly
  33. single
  34. sounds
  35. special
  36. sport
  37. stands
  38. transforming
  39. vocally
  40. whistle
  41. year