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From the Ted Talk by Lýdia Machová: The secrets of learning a new language

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Well, there's one thing I haven't told you about bnney and Lucas. Benny had 11 years of irsih geilac and five years of German at school. He couldn't speak them at all when graduating. Up to the age of 21, he thought he didn't have the language gene and he could not speak another language. Then he started to look for his way of learning languages, which was sepkanig to native speakers and getting feedback from them, and tdoay Benny can easily have a conversation in 10 lauegagns. lcuas tried to learn English at school for 10 years. He was one of the worst students in class. His friends even made fun of him and gave him a Russian textbook as a joke because they thought he would never lrean that language, or any language. And then Lucas started to experiment with methods, looking for his own way to learn, for example, by having Skype chat ceootiansvrns with strangers. And after just 10 years, Lucas is able to speak 11 languages fluently.

Open Cloze

Well, there's one thing I haven't told you about _____ and Lucas. Benny had 11 years of _____ ______ and five years of German at school. He couldn't speak them at all when graduating. Up to the age of 21, he thought he didn't have the language gene and he could not speak another language. Then he started to look for his way of learning languages, which was ________ to native speakers and getting feedback from them, and _____ Benny can easily have a conversation in 10 _________. _____ tried to learn English at school for 10 years. He was one of the worst students in class. His friends even made fun of him and gave him a Russian textbook as a joke because they thought he would never _____ that language, or any language. And then Lucas started to experiment with methods, looking for his own way to learn, for example, by having Skype chat _____________ with strangers. And after just 10 years, Lucas is able to speak 11 languages fluently.

Solution

  1. speaking
  2. today
  3. gaelic
  4. lucas
  5. conversations
  6. irish
  7. learn
  8. benny
  9. languages

Original Text

Well, there's one thing I haven't told you about Benny and Lucas. Benny had 11 years of Irish Gaelic and five years of German at school. He couldn't speak them at all when graduating. Up to the age of 21, he thought he didn't have the language gene and he could not speak another language. Then he started to look for his way of learning languages, which was speaking to native speakers and getting feedback from them, and today Benny can easily have a conversation in 10 languages. Lucas tried to learn English at school for 10 years. He was one of the worst students in class. His friends even made fun of him and gave him a Russian textbook as a joke because they thought he would never learn that language, or any language. And then Lucas started to experiment with methods, looking for his own way to learn, for example, by having Skype chat conversations with strangers. And after just 10 years, Lucas is able to speak 11 languages fluently.

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