<TED Worksheet>
13. Weird, or just different?
Derek Sivers
<2:26>  November 2009

 

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≪Questions:Weird, or just different?≫
1. The speaker points out that American people see streets and blocks differently than Japanese p0ople do. How do they see themdifferently? Fill in the blanks.

<American people>
They  think (1)____________________ don’t have names, but (2)____________________do.

<Japanese people>
They  think (3)____________________ don’t have names, but (4)____________________do.

 

2. When the speaker was in Japan, he noticed something when he was walking around a neighborhood. What was it?

 

3. Why does the speaker think it is necessary for us to go to the opposite side of the world?

 





4. The speaker mentions some doctors in China. How are they unique? Fill in the blanks.

Some doctors in China believe that it’s their job to

(1)____________________________________. So,

any month you are (2)____________________,

you (3)____________________ them;

when you’re (4)____________________,

you don’t have to pay them because they

(5)_____________________________.

 

5. The speaker also mentions the difference between the music in West Africa and other music. How are they different? Fill in the blanks.

<Our music>
(1)____________________ is the downbeat (the beginning of the musical phrase).

<West African music>
(2)____________________ is thought of as the (3)____________of the phrase.
(It is like the period at the end of a sentence.)

 

6.At the end of the speech, the speaker mentioned there was something we should never forget. What was it?

 

 





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≪Answers:Weird, or just different?≫
1. The speaker points out that American people see streets and blocks differently than Japanese people do.  How do they see them differetnly?  Fill in the blanks.

<American people>
They  think (1)__blocks___ don’t have names, but (2)____streets______do.

<Japanese people>
They  think (3)___streets______ don’t have names, but (4)___blocks_____do.

 

2. When the speaker was in Japan, he noticed something when he was walking around a neighborhood. What was it?
He noticed that the house numbers don’t go in order.

 

3. Why does the speaker think it is necessary for us to go to the opposite side of the world?
To realize assumptions we didn’t even know we had, and realize that their opposite may also be true. 

 




4. The speaker mentions some doctors in China. How are they unique? Fill in the blanks.

Some doctors in China believe that it’s their job to

(1)__keep you healthy _________. So,

any month you are (2)___healthy_____,

you (3)____pay___ them; 

when you’re (4)__sick____,

you don’t have to pay them because they

(5)__failed at their job _____.

 

 

5. The speaker also mentions the difference between the music in West Africa and other music. How are they different? Fill in the blanks.

<Our music>
(1)__one____ is the downbeat (the beginning of the musical phrase).

<West African music>
(2)___one____ is thought of as the (3)___end___of the phrase.
(It is like the period at the end of a sentence.)

 

 

6.At the end of the speech, the speaker mentioned there was something we should never forget. What was it?
We should never forget, whether at TED, or anywhere else, that whatever brilliant ideas you have or hear, that the opposite may also be true.

 

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