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The power of speech





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Thanks to the award-winning movie The King's Speech, it is the word to use


Speeeeeeeeeeeeeech!
This word can mean many things to many people:
  • For someone in audience, it is a formal talk that a person gives.
  • For a guest at a wedding, it is a time to say good things about the lovebirds (newlyweds = husband and wife)
  • For someone with a sore throat, it is the ability to speak (the power of speech)
  • For a militant, it is the right to say openly what you think (freedom of speech)
  • For someone who has had too much to drink, it is what becomes incomprehensible (slurred speech)
  • For an actor/actress in a play it is the lines he/sh has to speak (a long speech)


So can we always use speech in these sentences?



Several people made .................... at the wedding.
Professor Harrington is going to give a ................... on the Roman army
She gave an interesting ......................... about her trip to China.
His ........................... are so entertaining we don’t even notice the time go by.
He was asked to give the keynote ............................ at the opening of the conference.



No idea? How about using one of these words:
lecture address talk sermon speech


Go here to the Usage Note page and check your answers.






What is the most difficult thing about a speech?
Have you ever had to give a speech or a talk? How did it go?
How do you feel when you have to speak in front of people?

How do you overcome nervousness when you have to speak?

Comments

Angela said…
The most difficult thing about a speech is selecting the proper words ( mainly in a foreign language).
Everybody runs the risk of being misunderstood.
In fact, we never really know what we`re saying as far as our interlocutor gives us a feedback.
WORDS ARE POWERFUL !
We can do things with words.
A simple word can construct or destroy bonds.
Communication noises can have a great impact on our perceptions.
When we come to a speech or conversation with ideas about what the other person is going to say and why, we can easily become blinded to their original message and misinterpret the speaker`s intention .

My advice is:
Be careful with WORDS!
Angela Oliveira
Angela said…
The most difficult thing about a speech is selecting the proper words ( mainly in a foreign language).
Everybody runs the risk of being misunderstood.
In fact, we never really know what we`re saying as far as our interlocutor gives us a feedback.
WORDS ARE POWERFUL !
We can do things with words.
A simple word can construct or destroy bonds.
Communication noises can have a great impact on our perceptions.
When we come to a speech or conversation with ideas about what the other person is going to say and why, we can easily become blinded to their original message and misinterpret the speaker`s intention .

My advice is:
Be careful with WORDS!
Angela Oliveira
Anonymous said…
Words are more powerful than we know. Maybe it's just because we know the importance of words that we are afraid to use them in another language.
Angela said…
How to overcome nervousness when you have to speak?
I believe there`s no recipe, but emotional mastery may really help.

You may master English skills, pronunciation, grammar, syntax and even have a lot of fluency but ...
Be caught by your own emotions and become completely blocked.

It happens very often. Many advanced students can develop a conversation in their classes but when they try a real conversation outside the classroom, they become nervous, stressed, worried, and confused.

When you`re under stress, you simply produce nothing. The nervousness may prevent anyone to a good performance.

EMOTIONAL MASTERY IS AS IMPORTANT AS LANGUAGE MASTERY.

My advice is:
Instead of feeling threatned, feel challenged; and your nervousness will change into confidence, your worry into calm relaxation. and your stress into POWER.

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