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From the Ted Talk by Zeresenay Alemseged: The search for humanity's roots

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Just to give you an example, when I went to diikka, where Selam was found, in '99 — and it's about 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It took us only seven hours to do the first 470 kilometers of the 500, but took four, solid hours to do the last only 30 kilometers. With the help of the locals and using just shovels and pciks, I made my way. I was the first person to actually drive a car to the spot. When you get there, this is what you see, and it's the vtaessns of the pcale which makes you feel helpless and vulnerable. And once you make it there, the big question is where to start. (Laughter) And you find nothing for yares and years.

Open Cloze

Just to give you an example, when I went to ______, where Selam was found, in '99 — and it's about 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It took us only seven hours to do the first 470 kilometers of the 500, but took four, solid hours to do the last only 30 kilometers. With the help of the locals and using just shovels and _____, I made my way. I was the first person to actually drive a car to the spot. When you get there, this is what you see, and it's the ________ of the _____ which makes you feel helpless and vulnerable. And once you make it there, the big question is where to start. (Laughter) And you find nothing for _____ and years.

Solution

  1. vastness
  2. dikika
  3. place
  4. picks
  5. years

Original Text

Just to give you an example, when I went to Dikika, where Selam was found, in '99 — and it's about 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It took us only seven hours to do the first 470 kilometers of the 500, but took four, solid hours to do the last only 30 kilometers. With the help of the locals and using just shovels and picks, I made my way. I was the first person to actually drive a car to the spot. When you get there, this is what you see, and it's the vastness of the place which makes you feel helpless and vulnerable. And once you make it there, the big question is where to start. (Laughter) And you find nothing for years and years.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
million years 9
upright walking 2
australopithecus afarensis 2
dna analysis 2
big question 2
extinct game 2
game park 2
homo sapiens 2
scientific information 2
baby teeth 2
positive african 2
african attitude 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
extinct game park 2
positive african attitude 2

Important Words

  1. ababa
  2. addis
  3. big
  4. capital
  5. car
  6. dikika
  7. drive
  8. ethiopia
  9. feel
  10. find
  11. give
  12. helpless
  13. hours
  14. kilometers
  15. laughter
  16. locals
  17. person
  18. picks
  19. place
  20. question
  21. selam
  22. shovels
  23. solid
  24. spot
  25. start
  26. vastness
  27. vulnerable
  28. years