*English Speech Corner
*Radio Ham Operators
An English speech contest is held in Hekinan every year. The followings are some of the essays which the students in my school wrote.
My First Step in Becoming a Volunteer 8th grader
I love little children. Because they have very cute voices and smiles and they are cheerful. I come to forget unpleasant things when I play with them. Little children have fantastic imaginations and they are positive. They can easily make friends even if they are different ages. They express their feelings and thoughts directly. I think that's the best way to understand each other and make friends. At the Labo Camp this summer I was an assistant leader. I helped a leader. I served meals and took an injured child to the medical center. I was pleased to help a leader. I was also pleased to take care of little children. Mothers of these children said to me "Thank you." I just enjoyed myself and learned a lot from the children. The main characteristics of a volunteer are volunteerism,pursuit of public welfare,no pay and continuity.I want to be involved in volunteer activities. I think volunteer work is not a one-way activity. Little children need my help and I enjoy taking care of them and learning heart-to-heart communication from them. So taking care of children is my first step in becoming a volunteer.
Challenge 9th grader
This March I ran for Student Council and made a speech. At last I became a Student Council member. I will never forget the tension. This April the Student Council had a welcome party. It was the first big event for this year's Student Council. We danced in front of the students. I have never done such funny things in public. I can't remember what I did because of the tension. But I felt full of evergy. The Student Council has to control the school as leaders. So we have many things to do. I felt if difficult to do well,both in Student Council and in club activities. I have heard of such hardships. In our school volleyball club there were 26 students in my grade. And there were 4 or 5 teams within my club. So we competed with each other for positions and teams. I was very worried that I wouldn't be a player on the better teams if I was late for practice because of the work of the Student Council. At the beginning of June,we played a volleyball game against another school. I was a member of the B team and we thought our team would win. But we lost the game because of simple mistakes. At that time the teacher said,"Some members don't practice,so you can't have good teamwork. I feel sorry for other team members." At that moment I wanted to leave the Student Council and be the best volleyball player I could be. I cried because of the frustration. After that,as soon as possible,I finishied the work of the Student Council,and I practiced volleyball,so I could be member of the B team. I found it was difficult to do well in the Student Council and club activities. Now the Student Council is thinking about our Culture Festival. And I practiced cheering at the Sports Day as a leader. I felt it was difficult to lead the students. It is worth doing. I have experienced many things and I found these challenges very important. I'll never forget my experiences because they help decide my future. I think it's important to have such experiences. I will do my best in the Culture Festival. After the Culture Festival I will challenge myself to do many things.
Life is Wonderful 9th grader
Why did you give birth to me, mother? I shouldn't have been born. When I argued with my mother, I said it without thinking. Now I remembered that mother sat down at that moment and cried. But I was an elementary school student, so I couldn't understand why she cried. One day a newspaper article caught my eye. It was a girl's words. She lived in a poor country. A Japanese reporter asked her, "What do you want to be in the future?" Then she answered, "I want to live." I was so surprised that I couldn't take my eyes off the article. What do the little girl's words mean? If I am asked the same question, I will answer, "I want to do that, or I want to become something." I was taught "You should have a big dream." For her the big dream was to live. I was very sad to learn that. We hate and kill each other by wars. Many people have been made victims of the wars. They've lost their dear families and loved ones. How painful it is without any support! I can't understand their hardship, but they didn't have any dreams. They just wanted to give up. Somehow I knew why my mother cried. The girl said, "I want to live" while I said to my mother, something like, "I want to die."
Improving Myself 9th grader
It has been said that Japanese people don't have their own personalities. High school girl's fashion, for example. They have the same brown hair, the brown skin, the same skirts and the same long socks. When I see them, I don't think they have their own personalities. I've yearned for things to be like they are in foreign countries. In foreign countries, people have their own personalities. Thsy don't just imitate others, they get some hints from others, then they make and improve their own personalities. I read one article in a magazine, written by a woman, about Audrey Hepburn. It said, "I like Audrey Hepburn. But I didn't imitate her as she did. I got some hints from her and improved my personality." I thought this was a very wonderful idea. I also want to improve my own personality by getting some hints from people I admire. But I don't want to imitate them exactly. I want to make something new. I want to tell you one more thing. When Japanese people get praised, they are very modest. I think modesty is very important. But frankly, I want to say, "thank you" when I'm praised. Because I think people appreciate my personality and my good points when they praise me. I've learned many things by studying English. Studying English makes our view of life wide. I've found things in my personality that I should improve since I began studying English. In the future I want to improve my personality and be a nice person.
Better My English Make My Dreams Come True 9th grader
When I was in the fifth grade, I began to study English at juku. So I have studied it for five years. It was a lot of fun to study English. But I have always thought, "Why study English?" In the country I don't have the chance to speak it with foreigners. Even though I studied hard, I didn't have any chance to use it. So I thought it was meaningless to study English. And it is one of nine subjects at a junior high school. But one day, unexpectedly, I got a ticket to Edmonds, Washington, in the United States. Gradually, the question would be solved. This summer I went to Edmonds as an exchange student. Everything was new during this trip. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to understand my host family's English. But they spoke English to me very slowly, and they tried very hard to understand my English. For example, my host sister,Paige who is 7 years old said,"oops,oops" many times. When she fell down, dropped something, or was surprised, she always said,"oops." I couldn't understand the meaning. So I asked my host brother,Drew, because he was old enough to understand. He had a hard time explaining it to me. Then suddenly he told me the spelling. OOPS. I looked it up in the dictionary right away. The word was very interesting to me, and so we used it every day. I could communicate, remembering English I learned at school and juku, and I could use the dictionary without any help. It gave me a lot of confidence and courage.
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