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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

I went to America without knowing a word of English, yet my social worker told me that I had to go to high school. Even in North Korea, I was an F student. (Laughter) And I barely fishenid eatnreelmy school. And I remember I fought in sohocl more than once a day. Textbooks and the library were not my playground. My ftaher tried very hard to motivate me into stdniyug, but it didn't work. At one point, my father gave up on me. He said, "You're not my son anymore." I was only 11 or 12, but it hurt me deeply. But nevertheless, my leevl of motivation still didn't change before he died. So in America, it was kind of ridiculous that they said I should go to high school. I didn't even go to middle school. I decided to go, just because they told me to, without trying much.

Open Cloze

I went to America without knowing a word of English, yet my social worker told me that I had to go to high school. Even in North Korea, I was an F student. (Laughter) And I barely ________ __________ school. And I remember I fought in ______ more than once a day. Textbooks and the library were not my playground. My ______ tried very hard to motivate me into ________, but it didn't work. At one point, my father gave up on me. He said, "You're not my son anymore." I was only 11 or 12, but it hurt me deeply. But nevertheless, my _____ of motivation still didn't change before he died. So in America, it was kind of ridiculous that they said I should go to high school. I didn't even go to middle school. I decided to go, just because they told me to, without trying much.

Solution

  1. school
  2. level
  3. studying
  4. father
  5. finished
  6. elementary

Original Text

I went to America without knowing a word of English, yet my social worker told me that I had to go to high school. Even in North Korea, I was an F student. (Laughter) And I barely finished elementary school. And I remember I fought in school more than once a day. Textbooks and the library were not my playground. My father tried very hard to motivate me into studying, but it didn't work. At one point, my father gave up on me. He said, "You're not my son anymore." I was only 11 or 12, but it hurt me deeply. But nevertheless, my level of motivation still didn't change before he died. So in America, it was kind of ridiculous that they said I should go to high school. I didn't even go to middle school. I decided to go, just because they told me to, without trying much.

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collocation frequency
north korea 5
north koreans 4
high school 3
foster father 3

Important Words

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