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From the Ted Talk by Vusi Mahlasela: "Thula Mama"

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You will recall that in 1976, June 16, the students of South Africa boycotted the language of arkfaians as the muedim of the oporssepr, as they were sort of like really told that they must do everything in Afrikaans — biogloy, mathematics — and what about our lgaganeus? And the students wanted to speak to the government, and police answered with bullets. So every year, June 16, we will commemorate all those comrades or students who died. And I was very young then. I think I was 11 years, and I started asking questions, and that’s when my political eitoudcan saerttd. And I jeinod, later on, the youth organization under the African National Congress. So as part of organizing this and whatever, this commemoration, the police will round us up as they call us leeards. And I used to run away from home, when I know that maybe the police might be coming around the ninth or 10th of June or so. And my grandmother one time said, "No, look, you’re not going to run away. This is your place, you stay here." And indeed, the poclie came — because they’ll just arrest us and put us in jail and release us whenever they feel like, after the 20th or so.

Open Cloze

You will recall that in 1976, June 16, the students of South Africa boycotted the language of _________ as the ______ of the _________, as they were sort of like really told that they must do everything in Afrikaans — _______, mathematics — and what about our _________? And the students wanted to speak to the government, and police answered with bullets. So every year, June 16, we will commemorate all those comrades or students who died. And I was very young then. I think I was 11 years, and I started asking questions, and that’s when my political _________ _______. And I ______, later on, the youth organization under the African National Congress. So as part of organizing this and whatever, this commemoration, the police will round us up as they call us _______. And I used to run away from home, when I know that maybe the police might be coming around the ninth or 10th of June or so. And my grandmother one time said, "No, look, you’re not going to run away. This is your place, you stay here." And indeed, the ______ came — because they’ll just arrest us and put us in jail and release us whenever they feel like, after the 20th or so.

Solution

  1. medium
  2. started
  3. languages
  4. biology
  5. joined
  6. afrikaans
  7. police
  8. education
  9. oppressor
  10. leaders

Original Text

You will recall that in 1976, June 16, the students of South Africa boycotted the language of Afrikaans as the medium of the oppressor, as they were sort of like really told that they must do everything in Afrikaans — biology, mathematics — and what about our languages? And the students wanted to speak to the government, and police answered with bullets. So every year, June 16, we will commemorate all those comrades or students who died. And I was very young then. I think I was 11 years, and I started asking questions, and that’s when my political education started. And I joined, later on, the youth organization under the African National Congress. So as part of organizing this and whatever, this commemoration, the police will round us up as they call us leaders. And I used to run away from home, when I know that maybe the police might be coming around the ninth or 10th of June or so. And my grandmother one time said, "No, look, you’re not going to run away. This is your place, you stay here." And indeed, the police came — because they’ll just arrest us and put us in jail and release us whenever they feel like, after the 20th or so.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
thula mama 7
life sing 5
south africa 2
sing love 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
life sing love 2

Important Words

  1. africa
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  6. biology
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  26. leaders
  27. mathematics
  28. medium
  29. national
  30. ninth
  31. oppressor
  32. organization
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  34. part
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  36. police
  37. political
  38. put
  39. questions
  40. recall
  41. release
  42. run
  43. sort
  44. south
  45. speak
  46. started
  47. stay
  48. students
  49. time
  50. told
  51. wanted
  52. year
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  54. young
  55. youth