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"From the Ted Talk by George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When the war ended, we were released, and given a one-way tikect to anywhere in the United States. My parents decided to go back home to Los aelnges, but Los Angeles was not a welcoming place. We were penniless. Everything had been taken from us, and the hostility was itsnene. Our first home was on Skid Row in the lowest part of our city, living with derelicts, drunkards and cazry people, the stnceh of urine all over, on the street, in the alley, in the hallway. It was a horrible eirnpxceee, and for us kids, it was terrorizing. I remember once a drunkard came staggering down, fell down right in front of us, and threw up. My baby sestir said, "Mama, let's go back home," because behind baerbd wires was for us home.

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When the war ended, we were released, and given a one-way ______ to anywhere in the United States. My parents decided to go back home to Los _______, but Los Angeles was not a welcoming place. We were penniless. Everything had been taken from us, and the hostility was _______. Our first home was on Skid Row in the lowest part of our city, living with derelicts, drunkards and _____ people, the ______ of urine all over, on the street, in the alley, in the hallway. It was a horrible __________, and for us kids, it was terrorizing. I remember once a drunkard came staggering down, fell down right in front of us, and threw up. My baby ______ said, "Mama, let's go back home," because behind ______ wires was for us home.

Solution

  1. stench
  2. intense
  3. barbed
  4. angeles
  5. crazy
  6. sister
  7. experience
  8. ticket

Original Text

When the war ended, we were released, and given a one-way ticket to anywhere in the United States. My parents decided to go back home to Los Angeles, but Los Angeles was not a welcoming place. We were penniless. Everything had been taken from us, and the hostility was intense. Our first home was on Skid Row in the lowest part of our city, living with derelicts, drunkards and crazy people, the stench of urine all over, on the street, in the alley, in the hallway. It was a horrible experience, and for us kids, it was terrorizing. I remember once a drunkard came staggering down, fell down right in front of us, and threw up. My baby sister said, "Mama, let's go back home," because behind barbed wires was for us home.

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japanese americans 6
barbed wire 5
japanese american 4
young japanese 4
american democracy 3
pearl harbor 3
united states 3
baby sister 3
los angeles 3
world war 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
young japanese americans 3

Important Words

  1. alley
  2. angeles
  3. baby
  4. barbed
  5. city
  6. crazy
  7. decided
  8. derelicts
  9. drunkard
  10. drunkards
  11. ended
  12. experience
  13. fell
  14. front
  15. hallway
  16. home
  17. horrible
  18. hostility
  19. intense
  20. kids
  21. living
  22. los
  23. lowest
  24. parents
  25. part
  26. penniless
  27. people
  28. place
  29. released
  30. remember
  31. row
  32. sister
  33. skid
  34. staggering
  35. states
  36. stench
  37. street
  38. terrorizing
  39. threw
  40. ticket
  41. united
  42. urine
  43. war
  44. welcoming
  45. wires