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From the Ted Talk by Anna Heringer: The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings

Unscramble the Blue Letters

In terms of suitable biinldug materials for my school, I didn't have to look far. They were right under my feet: mud, etarh, dirt, clay, however you call it ... and bmaobo that was growing all around. Electricity in remote Bangladesh is rare, but we didn't need it. We had human energy and the people were happy to have the work. tolos were an issue, too, but we had these guys, wtear buffalos. We had also tried a bit cows, but interestingly, they were too intelligent. They were always stepping in the holes of the previous round. They wouldn't mix the mud, the straw —

Open Cloze

In terms of suitable ________ materials for my school, I didn't have to look far. They were right under my feet: mud, _____, dirt, clay, however you call it ... and ______ that was growing all around. Electricity in remote Bangladesh is rare, but we didn't need it. We had human energy and the people were happy to have the work. _____ were an issue, too, but we had these guys, _____ buffalos. We had also tried a bit cows, but interestingly, they were too intelligent. They were always stepping in the holes of the previous round. They wouldn't mix the mud, the straw —

Solution

  1. tools
  2. earth
  3. water
  4. bamboo
  5. building

Original Text

In terms of suitable building materials for my school, I didn't have to look far. They were right under my feet: mud, earth, dirt, clay, however you call it ... and bamboo that was growing all around. Electricity in remote Bangladesh is rare, but we didn't need it. We had human energy and the people were happy to have the work. Tools were an issue, too, but we had these guys, water buffalos. We had also tried a bit cows, but interestingly, they were too intelligent. They were always stepping in the holes of the previous round. They wouldn't mix the mud, the straw —

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
building materials 3
rammed earth 3
earth walls 2
speed breakers 2
building budget 2
traditional building 2
building material 2
earthen structures 2
natural building 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
traditional building material 2
natural building materials 2

Important Words

  1. bamboo
  2. bangladesh
  3. bit
  4. buffalos
  5. building
  6. call
  7. clay
  8. cows
  9. dirt
  10. earth
  11. electricity
  12. energy
  13. growing
  14. guys
  15. happy
  16. holes
  17. human
  18. intelligent
  19. interestingly
  20. issue
  21. materials
  22. mix
  23. mud
  24. people
  25. previous
  26. rare
  27. remote
  28. school
  29. stepping
  30. straw
  31. suitable
  32. terms
  33. tools
  34. water
  35. work