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"From the Ted Talk by Lord Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Let me illustrate with an example. I first visited Beijing 25 years ago to teach at the People's uievsrtniy of China. China was getting serious about market economics and about university education, so they diedecd to call in the foreign experts. Like most other people, I moved around Beijing by bicycle. Apart from dodging the occasional viechle, it was a safe and easy way to get around. Cycling in bnieijg now is a completely different prospect. The rdaos are jammed by cars and trucks. The air is dsnlureaogy polluted from the burning of coal and diesel. When I was there last in the spring, there was an advisory for people of my age — over 65 — to stay idonors and not move much.

Open Cloze

Let me illustrate with an example. I first visited Beijing 25 years ago to teach at the People's __________ of China. China was getting serious about market economics and about university education, so they _______ to call in the foreign experts. Like most other people, I moved around Beijing by bicycle. Apart from dodging the occasional _______, it was a safe and easy way to get around. Cycling in _______ now is a completely different prospect. The _____ are jammed by cars and trucks. The air is ___________ polluted from the burning of coal and diesel. When I was there last in the spring, there was an advisory for people of my age — over 65 — to stay _______ and not move much.

Solution

  1. beijing
  2. decided
  3. university
  4. indoors
  5. dangerously
  6. vehicle
  7. roads

Original Text

Let me illustrate with an example. I first visited Beijing 25 years ago to teach at the People's University of China. China was getting serious about market economics and about university education, so they decided to call in the foreign experts. Like most other people, I moved around Beijing by bicycle. Apart from dodging the occasional vehicle, it was a safe and easy way to get around. Cycling in Beijing now is a completely different prospect. The roads are jammed by cars and trucks. The air is dangerously polluted from the burning of coal and diesel. When I was there last in the spring, there was an advisory for people of my age — over 65 — to stay indoors and not move much.

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collocation frequency
greenhouse gases 3
degraded land 3

Important Words

  1. advisory
  2. age
  3. air
  4. beijing
  5. bicycle
  6. burning
  7. call
  8. cars
  9. china
  10. coal
  11. completely
  12. cycling
  13. dangerously
  14. decided
  15. diesel
  16. dodging
  17. easy
  18. economics
  19. education
  20. experts
  21. foreign
  22. illustrate
  23. indoors
  24. jammed
  25. market
  26. move
  27. moved
  28. occasional
  29. people
  30. polluted
  31. prospect
  32. roads
  33. safe
  34. spring
  35. stay
  36. teach
  37. trucks
  38. university
  39. vehicle
  40. visited
  41. years