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"From the Ted Talk by Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born"

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First of all, they learn the sound of their mothers' voices. Because sondus from the outside world have to travel through the mother's anomabidl tsiuse and through the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus, the voices fetuses hear, srnttiag around the fourth month of gestation, are muted and muffled. One researcher says that they probably sound a lot like the the voice of crahlie Brown's teacher in the old "Peanuts" cartoon. But the pregnant woman's own voice reverberates through her body, reaching the fetus much more rdilaey. And because the futes is with her all the time, it hears her voice a lot. Once the baby's born, it recognizes her voice and it prefers listening to her voice over anyone else's.

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First of all, they learn the sound of their mothers' voices. Because ______ from the outside world have to travel through the mother's _________ ______ and through the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus, the voices fetuses hear, ________ around the fourth month of gestation, are muted and muffled. One researcher says that they probably sound a lot like the the voice of _______ Brown's teacher in the old "Peanuts" cartoon. But the pregnant woman's own voice reverberates through her body, reaching the fetus much more _______. And because the _____ is with her all the time, it hears her voice a lot. Once the baby's born, it recognizes her voice and it prefers listening to her voice over anyone else's.

Solution

  1. readily
  2. starting
  3. fetus
  4. tissue
  5. sounds
  6. abdominal
  7. charlie

Original Text

First of all, they learn the sound of their mothers' voices. Because sounds from the outside world have to travel through the mother's abdominal tissue and through the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus, the voices fetuses hear, starting around the fourth month of gestation, are muted and muffled. One researcher says that they probably sound a lot like the the voice of Charlie Brown's teacher in the old "Peanuts" cartoon. But the pregnant woman's own voice reverberates through her body, reaching the fetus much more readily. And because the fetus is with her all the time, it hears her voice a lot. Once the baby's born, it recognizes her voice and it prefers listening to her voice over anyone else's.

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Important Words

  1. abdominal
  2. amniotic
  3. body
  4. born
  5. cartoon
  6. charlie
  7. fetus
  8. fetuses
  9. fluid
  10. fourth
  11. gestation
  12. hear
  13. hears
  14. learn
  15. listening
  16. lot
  17. month
  18. muffled
  19. muted
  20. prefers
  21. pregnant
  22. reaching
  23. readily
  24. recognizes
  25. researcher
  26. reverberates
  27. sound
  28. sounds
  29. starting
  30. surrounds
  31. teacher
  32. time
  33. tissue
  34. travel
  35. voice
  36. voices
  37. world