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From the Ted Talk by Lijun Zhang: The Chinese legend of the butterfly lovers

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atjisundg her disguise, Zhu Yingtai parrpeed to bid her parents goodbye. She had always been a dutiful daughter— staying home and creating works of embroidery that bgoruht her parents pride. And yet, although only boys were allowed at the Confucius Academy in Hangzhou, what Yingtai truly wnetad was to go to scoohl. She begged her parents to let her attend dressed as a boy and, seeing her determination and clveer disguises, they finally agreed. However, they only gave her pmisisreon when she promised to keep her true identity a secret and eventually return to the traditional path they’d set for her.

Open Cloze

_________ her disguise, Zhu Yingtai ________ to bid her parents goodbye. She had always been a dutiful daughter— staying home and creating works of embroidery that _______ her parents pride. And yet, although only boys were allowed at the Confucius Academy in Hangzhou, what Yingtai truly ______ was to go to ______. She begged her parents to let her attend dressed as a boy and, seeing her determination and ______ disguises, they finally agreed. However, they only gave her __________ when she promised to keep her true identity a secret and eventually return to the traditional path they’d set for her.

Solution

  1. school
  2. brought
  3. adjusting
  4. wanted
  5. prepared
  6. clever
  7. permission

Original Text

Adjusting her disguise, Zhu Yingtai prepared to bid her parents goodbye. She had always been a dutiful daughter— staying home and creating works of embroidery that brought her parents pride. And yet, although only boys were allowed at the Confucius Academy in Hangzhou, what Yingtai truly wanted was to go to school. She begged her parents to let her attend dressed as a boy and, seeing her determination and clever disguises, they finally agreed. However, they only gave her permission when she promised to keep her true identity a secret and eventually return to the traditional path they’d set for her.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. academy
  2. adjusting
  3. agreed
  4. allowed
  5. attend
  6. begged
  7. bid
  8. boy
  9. boys
  10. brought
  11. clever
  12. confucius
  13. creating
  14. determination
  15. disguise
  16. disguises
  17. dressed
  18. dutiful
  19. embroidery
  20. eventually
  21. finally
  22. gave
  23. goodbye
  24. hangzhou
  25. home
  26. identity
  27. parents
  28. path
  29. permission
  30. prepared
  31. pride
  32. promised
  33. return
  34. school
  35. secret
  36. set
  37. staying
  38. traditional
  39. true
  40. wanted
  41. works
  42. yingtai
  43. zhu