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From the Ted Talk by Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue soft power

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now, fast-forward to tdoay and this is what you see: the 15 million cell phones a mnoth. But what is most striking is who is carrying those cell penohs. You know, if you visit friends in the suburbs of Delhi, on the side streets you will find a fellow with a cart that looks like it was designed in the 16th century, wielding a coal-fired steam iron that might have been invented in the 18th cnuetry. He's called an isthri wala. But he's crnyairg a 21st-century instrument. He's carrying a cell phone because most incoming calls are free, and that's how he gets orders from the neighborhood, to know where to collect clothes to get them ironed.

Open Cloze

Now, fast-forward to _____ and this is what you see: the 15 million cell phones a _____. But what is most striking is who is carrying those cell ______. You know, if you visit friends in the suburbs of Delhi, on the side streets you will find a fellow with a cart that looks like it was designed in the 16th century, wielding a coal-fired steam iron that might have been invented in the 18th _______. He's called an isthri wala. But he's ________ a 21st-century instrument. He's carrying a cell phone because most incoming calls are free, and that's how he gets orders from the neighborhood, to know where to collect clothes to get them ironed.

Solution

  1. today
  2. century
  3. carrying
  4. month
  5. phones

Original Text

Now, fast-forward to today and this is what you see: the 15 million cell phones a month. But what is most striking is who is carrying those cell phones. You know, if you visit friends in the suburbs of Delhi, on the side streets you will find a fellow with a cart that looks like it was designed in the 16th century, wielding a coal-fired steam iron that might have been invented in the 18th century. He's called an isthri wala. But he's carrying a 21st-century instrument. He's carrying a cell phone because most incoming calls are free, and that's how he gets orders from the neighborhood, to know where to collect clothes to get them ironed.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  9. delhi
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