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From the Ted Talk by Courtney E. Martin: The new American Dream

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Now, how about the second question: How should we live? We should live like our imiagnrmt ancestors. When they came to America, they often shared apartments, survival tactics, child care -- always knew how to fill one more belly, no mteatr how small the food available. But they were told that success meant leviang the village behind and pursuing that iconic symbol of the American draem, the white picket fence. And even today, we see a whtie pkciet fnece and we think sccuess, self-possession. But when you strip away the sentimentality, what it really does is divides us. Many Americans are rejecting the white picket fence and the kind of highly privatized life that happened within it, and reclaiming village life, reclaiming interdependence instead.

Open Cloze

Now, how about the second question: How should we live? We should live like our _________ ancestors. When they came to America, they often shared apartments, survival tactics, child care -- always knew how to fill one more belly, no ______ how small the food available. But they were told that success meant _______ the village behind and pursuing that iconic symbol of the American _____, the white picket fence. And even today, we see a _____ ______ _____ and we think _______, self-possession. But when you strip away the sentimentality, what it really does is divides us. Many Americans are rejecting the white picket fence and the kind of highly privatized life that happened within it, and reclaiming village life, reclaiming interdependence instead.

Solution

  1. immigrant
  2. white
  3. picket
  4. leaving
  5. dream
  6. matter
  7. success
  8. fence

Original Text

Now, how about the second question: How should we live? We should live like our immigrant ancestors. When they came to America, they often shared apartments, survival tactics, child care -- always knew how to fill one more belly, no matter how small the food available. But they were told that success meant leaving the village behind and pursuing that iconic symbol of the American Dream, the white picket fence. And even today, we see a white picket fence and we think success, self-possession. But when you strip away the sentimentality, what it really does is divides us. Many Americans are rejecting the white picket fence and the kind of highly privatized life that happened within it, and reclaiming village life, reclaiming interdependence instead.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
white picket 5
picket fence 4
feel sad 2
america great 2
work world 2
share homes 2
cohousing community 2
perfect family 2
lose faith 2
biggest danger 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
white picket fence 4

Important Words

  1. america
  2. american
  3. americans
  4. ancestors
  5. apartments
  6. belly
  7. care
  8. child
  9. divides
  10. dream
  11. fence
  12. fill
  13. food
  14. happened
  15. highly
  16. iconic
  17. immigrant
  18. interdependence
  19. kind
  20. knew
  21. leaving
  22. life
  23. live
  24. matter
  25. meant
  26. picket
  27. privatized
  28. pursuing
  29. reclaiming
  30. rejecting
  31. sentimentality
  32. shared
  33. small
  34. strip
  35. success
  36. survival
  37. symbol
  38. tactics
  39. today
  40. told
  41. village
  42. white