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From the Ted Talk by Shannon Zhao: The myth of the original star-crossed lovers

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Meanwhile, a lone crweohd approached the riverbank. He came here often to sewep his parent’s grave and seapk with his only companion— a stoic bull who listened patiently to the cowherd’s sorrows. But upon seeing the weaver’s beauty, the cowherd forgot his routine. While he longed to inocudtre himself, his lonley lifestyle had made him timid. Thankfully, the bull saw his friend's plight and offered some advice. He told the cowherd of the swimmer’s celestial origins and of her dream to stay on Earth; but also that she could only remain if she lost her ticket back to Heaven.

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Meanwhile, a lone _______ approached the riverbank. He came here often to _____ his parent’s grave and _____ with his only companion— a stoic bull who listened patiently to the cowherd’s sorrows. But upon seeing the weaver’s beauty, the cowherd forgot his routine. While he longed to _________ himself, his ______ lifestyle had made him timid. Thankfully, the bull saw his friend's plight and offered some advice. He told the cowherd of the swimmer’s celestial origins and of her dream to stay on Earth; but also that she could only remain if she lost her ticket back to Heaven.

Solution

  1. cowherd
  2. speak
  3. lonely
  4. introduce
  5. sweep

Original Text

Meanwhile, a lone cowherd approached the riverbank. He came here often to sweep his parent’s grave and speak with his only companion— a stoic bull who listened patiently to the cowherd’s sorrows. But upon seeing the weaver’s beauty, the cowherd forgot his routine. While he longed to introduce himself, his lonely lifestyle had made him timid. Thankfully, the bull saw his friend's plight and offered some advice. He told the cowherd of the swimmer’s celestial origins and of her dream to stay on Earth; but also that she could only remain if she lost her ticket back to Heaven.

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Important Words

  1. advice
  2. approached
  3. beauty
  4. bull
  5. celestial
  6. cowherd
  7. dream
  8. forgot
  9. grave
  10. heaven
  11. introduce
  12. lifestyle
  13. listened
  14. lone
  15. lonely
  16. longed
  17. lost
  18. offered
  19. origins
  20. patiently
  21. plight
  22. remain
  23. riverbank
  24. routine
  25. sorrows
  26. speak
  27. stay
  28. stoic
  29. sweep
  30. thankfully
  31. ticket
  32. timid
  33. told