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From the Ted Talk by Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?

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Mallory's argument that leaving the hsuoe, embarking on these grand aveerntuds is joyful and fun, however, doesn't tally that neatly with my own experience. The furthest I've ever got away from my front door was in the spring of 2004. I still don't know exactly what came over me, but my plan was to make a solo and unsupported crossing of the Arctic oeacn. I pelnnad essentially to walk from the north coast of Russia to the North Pole, and then to carry on to the north csoat of Canada. No one had ever done this. I was 26 at the time. A lot of experts were saying it was impossible, and my mum certainly wasn't very keen on the idea. (luetahgr)

Open Cloze

Mallory's argument that leaving the _____, embarking on these grand __________ is joyful and fun, however, doesn't tally that neatly with my own experience. The furthest I've ever got away from my front door was in the spring of 2004. I still don't know exactly what came over me, but my plan was to make a solo and unsupported crossing of the Arctic _____. I _______ essentially to walk from the north coast of Russia to the North Pole, and then to carry on to the north _____ of Canada. No one had ever done this. I was 26 at the time. A lot of experts were saying it was impossible, and my mum certainly wasn't very keen on the idea. (________)

Solution

  1. coast
  2. house
  3. planned
  4. laughter
  5. adventures
  6. ocean

Original Text

Mallory's argument that leaving the house, embarking on these grand adventures is joyful and fun, however, doesn't tally that neatly with my own experience. The furthest I've ever got away from my front door was in the spring of 2004. I still don't know exactly what came over me, but my plan was to make a solo and unsupported crossing of the Arctic Ocean. I planned essentially to walk from the north coast of Russia to the North Pole, and then to carry on to the north coast of Canada. No one had ever done this. I was 26 at the time. A lot of experts were saying it was impossible, and my mum certainly wasn't very keen on the idea. (Laughter)

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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arctic ocean 3
north coast 3
awful lot 2
south pole 2
return journey 2

Important Words

  1. adventures
  2. arctic
  3. argument
  4. canada
  5. carry
  6. coast
  7. crossing
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  9. embarking
  10. essentially
  11. experience
  12. experts
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  14. fun
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  16. grand
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  18. idea
  19. impossible
  20. joyful
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  22. laughter
  23. leaving
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  25. mum
  26. neatly
  27. north
  28. ocean
  29. plan
  30. planned
  31. pole
  32. russia
  33. solo
  34. spring
  35. tally
  36. time
  37. unsupported
  38. walk