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From the Ted Talk by Martina Flor: The secret language of letter design

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When I moved to Berlin, I experienced firsthand all the ipmcat that drawn letters can have in our day-to-day life. I arrived in a new city, which was exciting and novel for me. Now, dealing with an unfamiliar language was at times very frustrating and uncomfortable. I found myself several teims at paretis cnutlchig my glass of wine, without uteasidndnnrg a single word of what was being said around me. And of course, I'd smile as if I understood everything. I felt limited in my ability to say what I thought, what I felt, what I beleeivd. Not only did I not understand the conversations, but the streets were full of signs and text that I couldn't read.

Open Cloze

When I moved to Berlin, I experienced firsthand all the ______ that drawn letters can have in our day-to-day life. I arrived in a new city, which was exciting and novel for me. Now, dealing with an unfamiliar language was at times very frustrating and uncomfortable. I found myself several _____ at _______ _________ my glass of wine, without _____________ a single word of what was being said around me. And of course, I'd smile as if I understood everything. I felt limited in my ability to say what I thought, what I felt, what I ________. Not only did I not understand the conversations, but the streets were full of signs and text that I couldn't read.

Solution

  1. understanding
  2. times
  3. parties
  4. impact
  5. clutching
  6. believed

Original Text

When I moved to Berlin, I experienced firsthand all the impact that drawn letters can have in our day-to-day life. I arrived in a new city, which was exciting and novel for me. Now, dealing with an unfamiliar language was at times very frustrating and uncomfortable. I found myself several times at parties clutching my glass of wine, without understanding a single word of what was being said around me. And of course, I'd smile as if I understood everything. I felt limited in my ability to say what I thought, what I felt, what I believed. Not only did I not understand the conversations, but the streets were full of signs and text that I couldn't read.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
master baker 3
raw material 2
telling stories 2

Important Words

  1. ability
  2. arrived
  3. believed
  4. berlin
  5. city
  6. clutching
  7. conversations
  8. dealing
  9. drawn
  10. exciting
  11. experienced
  12. felt
  13. firsthand
  14. frustrating
  15. full
  16. glass
  17. impact
  18. language
  19. letters
  20. life
  21. limited
  22. moved
  23. parties
  24. read
  25. signs
  26. single
  27. smile
  28. streets
  29. text
  30. thought
  31. times
  32. uncomfortable
  33. understand
  34. understanding
  35. understood
  36. unfamiliar
  37. wine
  38. word