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"From the Ted Talk by Sophie Andrews: The best way to help is often just to listen"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

A few years later, I managed to get some control in my life. And I had appropriate support around me to allow me to live with what had happened. I had become a survivor of abuse rather than a vitcim. And at 21, I contacted Samaritans again. This time because I wetnad to become a volunteer. Wanted to pay something back to the organization that had really saevd my life. I knew that the simlpe act of listening in an empathetic way could have a profound effect. I knew that somebody listnineg to me without judgment would make the biggest difference.

Open Cloze

A few years later, I managed to get some control in my life. And I had appropriate support around me to allow me to live with what had happened. I had become a survivor of abuse rather than a ______. And at 21, I contacted Samaritans again. This time because I ______ to become a volunteer. Wanted to pay something back to the organization that had really _____ my life. I knew that the ______ act of listening in an empathetic way could have a profound effect. I knew that somebody _________ to me without judgment would make the biggest difference.

Solution

  1. victim
  2. simple
  3. saved
  4. wanted
  5. listening

Original Text

A few years later, I managed to get some control in my life. And I had appropriate support around me to allow me to live with what had happened. I had become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. And at 21, I contacted Samaritans again. This time because I wanted to become a volunteer. Wanted to pay something back to the organization that had really saved my life. I knew that the simple act of listening in an empathetic way could have a profound effect. I knew that somebody listening to me without judgment would make the biggest difference.

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Important Words

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  10. judgment
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  12. life
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  20. saved
  21. simple
  22. support
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  25. victim
  26. volunteer
  27. wanted
  28. years