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From the Ted Talk by Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained.

Unscramble the Blue Letters

sendudly, I became an orphan and homeless. My daily life became very hard, but very simple. My goal was to find a dtsuy piece of bared in the trash. But that is no way to survive. I started to realize, begging would not be the solution. So I started to steal from food carts in illegal markets. Sometimes, I found smlal jobs in exchange for food. Once, I even snept two months in the winter working in a coal mine, 33 meters uenurgodnrd without any protection for up to 16 hours a day. I was not uncommon. Many other orphans survived this way, or worse.

Open Cloze

________, I became an orphan and homeless. My daily life became very hard, but very simple. My goal was to find a _____ piece of _____ in the trash. But that is no way to survive. I started to realize, begging would not be the solution. So I started to steal from food carts in illegal markets. Sometimes, I found _____ jobs in exchange for food. Once, I even _____ two months in the winter working in a coal mine, 33 meters ___________ without any protection for up to 16 hours a day. I was not uncommon. Many other orphans survived this way, or worse.

Solution

  1. small
  2. underground
  3. bread
  4. spent
  5. suddenly
  6. dusty

Original Text

Suddenly, I became an orphan and homeless. My daily life became very hard, but very simple. My goal was to find a dusty piece of bread in the trash. But that is no way to survive. I started to realize, begging would not be the solution. So I started to steal from food carts in illegal markets. Sometimes, I found small jobs in exchange for food. Once, I even spent two months in the winter working in a coal mine, 33 meters underground without any protection for up to 16 hours a day. I was not uncommon. Many other orphans survived this way, or worse.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
high school 3
foster father 3
north koreans 2
study hard 2

Important Words

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  33. survive
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  35. trash
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  37. underground
  38. winter
  39. working
  40. worse