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From the Ted Talk by Jay Walker: The world's English mania

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Why English? In a sligne word: onppuiotrty. Opportunity for a better life, a job, to be able to pay for school, or put better food on the table. Imagine a student taking a giant test for three full days. Her score on this one test literally determines her future. She sdieuts 12 hours a day for three yeras to prepare. Twenty-five penecrt of her grade is based on eilgsnh. It's called the gaokao, and 80 million high soochl Chinese students have already taken this grueling test. The intensity to learn English is almost unimaginable, unless you witness it.

Open Cloze

Why English? In a ______ word: ___________. Opportunity for a better life, a job, to be able to pay for school, or put better food on the table. Imagine a student taking a giant test for three full days. Her score on this one test literally determines her future. She _______ 12 hours a day for three _____ to prepare. Twenty-five _______ of her grade is based on _______. It's called the gaokao, and 80 million high ______ Chinese students have already taken this grueling test. The intensity to learn English is almost unimaginable, unless you witness it.

Solution

  1. english
  2. percent
  3. school
  4. studies
  5. years
  6. single
  7. opportunity

Original Text

Why English? In a single word: opportunity. Opportunity for a better life, a job, to be able to pay for school, or put better food on the table. Imagine a student taking a giant test for three full days. Her score on this one test literally determines her future. She studies 12 hours a day for three years to prepare. Twenty-five percent of her grade is based on English. It's called the gaokao, and 80 million high school Chinese students have already taken this grueling test. The intensity to learn English is almost unimaginable, unless you witness it.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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chinese students 2
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speak perfect 2
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Important Words

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  2. called
  3. chinese
  4. day
  5. days
  6. determines
  7. english
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  12. giant
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  14. grueling
  15. high
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  17. imagine
  18. intensity
  19. job
  20. learn
  21. life
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  25. pay
  26. percent
  27. prepare
  28. put
  29. school
  30. score
  31. single
  32. student
  33. students
  34. studies
  35. table
  36. test
  37. unimaginable
  38. witness
  39. years