USC speech

June 16, 2008

Extra-credit assignment (updated)

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UPDATE: I really hope everyone will turn in a question. We’ll use your questions on the last day of class, and it would be much more fun if everybody provides their own questions (because they will be more interesting than the questions I can think up about you). ALSO, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE CORRECT ANSWER IS WHEN YOU SEND THE QUESTION (I’ve added this requirement as #5 in the list below).




To get an extra 2 points added to your final course grade, you can do this assignment. 


What you need to do is write one question about yourself. Your question should…

1 be one that nobody in the class knows the answer to.

2 have 3 or 4 answer choices.

3 offer some basis for guessing correctly (in other words, it shouldn’t be a question like “what is my birthday?” that only allows random guesses).

4 be as interesting or funny as possible (I know this might be difficult…).

5 include the correct answer.



To give you some ideas, here are examples of interesting questions that students (names changed) in the past have given me:


How many thongs does Alice own?

A One very, very, very special pair.

B Around ten.

C Twenty-odd.

D Enough to open her own EasyShop.


Which of these places would Bob most likely choose for a first date?

A A bar with live music.

B A fancy restaurant.

C A dance club.

D A quiet café.


If Charlie could have any job in the world, which would he choose?

A Househusband.

B Japanese AV star.

C Pilot.

D President.


What does Debby worry about most when she speaks English?

A Her pronunciation.

B How her hair looks.

C Whether her grammar is correct.

D Whether she is using the correct vocabulary.


How many boyfriends has Elaine had?

A 2.

B 5.

C 11.

D About 20.


Which classmate does Faye think is most handsome?

A Alex.

B Gary.

C Jack.

D Oh, come on! Of course she only has eyes for Max!


If it were raining and Gus saw a beautiful girl without an umbrella,what would he probably do?

A Share his umbrella with her.

B Give her his umbrella and go without one.

C Ignore her.



How many wives does Henry think is ideal for him?

A None.

B One.

C Two.

D As many as possible.


To get the extra credit, you must turn in a question that fulfills all 4 requirements above by JUNE 10 (so you might want to send your first try at a question earlier, in case I need you to revise it). E-mail your question to me at


Even if you don’t care about the extra credit, I still strongly encourage you to write a question. I will use your questions for our last-day activity, which will be much more fun if everybody turns in a question (which will naturally be more interesting than anything I can write for you).





June 10, 2008

Schedule for speeches (June 17)

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8:10 class


8:20 Nina, Hedy, Jessica, Abby, Jack, Vivien

8:40 Aaron, Cherry, Candy, Kim, Stacy,

9:00 Denice, Sharon, Jamie, Xenia, Zoe

9:20 Tracy, Stephanie, Dora, (Christine)



10:10 class


10:20 Hanson, Kurt, Connie, Ingrid, Queenie, Nicole

10:40 Cathy, Sabrina, Lisa, Eve, Missy, Yvonne

11:00 Lili, Claire, Tracy, Evan, Bruce

11:20 Howard, Michelle, Nina, Emily, Ben

Final speech checklist and grading

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Hit all these points in your speech and you’ll do very well…





__ / 2 Interesting/relevant

__ / 1 Appropriate for public speech



__ / 3 Sufficient, interesting

__ / 2 Quality of writing

__ / 2 Stay focused on topic




__ / 2 Overall

__ / 1 Logical choice of sub-topics



__ / 2 Attention-getting

__ / 1 Logical flow



__ / 3 Writing accuracy

__ / 2 Clear transitions from sub-topic to sub-topic

__ / 1 Not written or overly conversational English



__ / 1 Summarizes main points

__ / 1 Provokes response or action

__ / 1 Memorable closing sentence



__ / 2 Clear, easy to understand voice

__ / 1 Liveliness

__ / 1 Appropriate speed

__ / 1 Eye contact, gestures

Classic psychological test

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Have you been to Japan? What about Japan do you think is good or worth learning? What about Japan is bad? Have you ever had any Japanese friends, or interacted with Japanese at work? What is your impression of them?





admire : to respect and approve of someone or their behavior, or to find someone or something attractive and pleasant to look at:  • attitude : a feeling or opinion about something or someone, or a way of behaving that is caused by this  • behave : to act in a particular way, or to be good by acting in a way which has society’s approval  • complain : to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory  • contemptuous : a strong feeling of combined dislike and lack of respect  • conventional : traditional and ordinary  • counselor : someone who is trained to listen to people and give them advice about their problems  • cuddle : to put your arms around someone and hold them in a loving way, or (of two people) to hold each other close for affection or comfort  • disgusting : extremely unpleasant or unacceptable  • engineer : a person whose job is to design or build machines, engines or electrical equipment, or things such as roads, railways or bridges, using scientific principles  • exceptional : much greater than usual, especially in skill, intelligence, quality, etc  • forgive : to stop blaming or being angry with someone for something they have done, or not punish them for something  • greedy : wanting a lot more food, money, etc. than you need  • hedonism : living and behaving in ways that mean you get as much pleasure out of life as possible, according to the belief that the most important thing in life is to enjoy yourself  • indicate : to show, point or make clear in another way  • intuition : (knowledge obtained from) an ability to understand or know something immediately without needing to think about it, learn it or discover it by using reason  • materialism : the belief that having money and possessions is the most important thing in life  • mind-blowing : extremely impressive or surprising  • normal : ordinary or usual; the same as would be expected  • obsessed : unable to stop thinking about something; too interested in or worried about something  • outrageous : describes something or someone that is shocking because they are unusual or strange  • passionate : having very strong feelings or emotions  • pleasure : enjoyment, happiness or satisfaction, or something that gives this  • rank : to have a position higher or lower than others, or to be considered to have such a position  • rationalism : the belief or principle that actions and opinions should be based on reason rather than on emotion or religion  • reason : the ability of a healthy mind to think and make judgments, especially based on practical facts  • sex-starved : having not had enough sex recently  • trivial : having little value or importance  • typical : showing all the characteristics that you would usually expect from a particular group of things  • values : the beliefs people have about what is right and wrong and what is most important in life, which control their behavior  • wealth : a large amount of money or valuable possessions that someone has 





1A · Lynn, a woman : You love your boyfriend Carl very very very VERY VERY MUCH!!! You want to see HIM so so SO SO BADLY!! If you don’t see him soon, you’ll DIE!! You will do anything for HIM! Oh, Carl! Your darling Carl! Oh, how you LOVE HIM!! You want to see Carl, but there is no way to get across the river except by boat. You will have to ask the owner of the boat, Mark, to take you across the river. You have no money, but you are sure he will understand how MUCH you want to see Carl and so take you across the river without asking for money.





1B · Mark, a boat owner : You have a boat which can take people across the river, but you will not take anyone across the river unless you are paid money. And of course, you want money NOW, not later. You don’t believe people who say they will pay later. If a person cannot pay, you always ask for their clothes (ALL their clothes) so you can sell their clothes and make MONEY. Ooh, money money money!





DISCUSSION 1 : Have you ever been as in love with someone as Lynn appears to be? If you were in Lynn’s position, what do you think you would do? If you were in Mark’s position, what would you do?

2A · Lynn : After you talk to Mark, you want to ask Rick the engineer for help in getting you across the river. You really need his help! He’s very smart and should be able to help you get across the river to see your wonderful Carl!





2B · Rick, the engineer : You are working to make a radio you can try and get someone to save everyone, including yourself. You are too busy to trying to build the radio to do anything else. First, you must finish the radio!





3A · Lynn : You don’t know what to do. Rick the engineer won’t help you, and Mark will only take you across the river if you take off all your clothes and give them to him. You really need some advice from Pete the counselor badly! Go to him, tell him your problem, and ask for his advice!





3B · Pete, the counselor : You have been a counselor for many years, and you have heard so many people complain about their stupid problems that you are just not interested anymore. You especially hate it when people come to you with their trivial problems while you are reading your funny comic books. You love your comic books. Why can’t people leave you alone so you can enjoy your comic books?





DISCUSSION 2/3 : From her behavior so far, can you be sure that Lynn really loves Carl? Why or why not? Have you ever been as passionate about someone or something as Lynn seems to be about Carl? Would you like your lover to be as passionate about you as she is about Carl?





4A · Lynn, the woman : After crossing the river, you still don’t know exactly where your wonderful Carl is. Luckily, you see a house. Maybe the people living there know where Carl is! You want to hurry and go ask. Oh, you want to see Carl SO SO SO SOSOSOSOSO BAAADDDDLLYY!!!!! Without any clothes on, you just hope that it’s a woman who answers the door…





4B · Sam, an island resident : You have been on this island for 10 years, and you haven’t seen a woman in all that time. You used to  get VERY excited whenever there was a woman near you, especially a beautiful one, without any clothes on. Like the woman you just saw by the river with no clothes on! Wow! Oh she was so so so SO SO SOSOSOSO sexy!!! You’re getting so eXciTeD!!!! She’s probably looking for that guy you met earlier today. You know where he is, but you won’t tell her…unless she…you know, you know… Yes, unless she has SEX with you!!!





DISCUSSION 4 : How would you react if someone of the opposite sex who was extremely attractive appeared totally naked at your door? Do you think Sam is just a typical man? Have you ever met someone as sex-starved as Sam? Are you, or have you ever been in the past, as sex-crazed as Sam?

5A · Lynn : Finally, you can see Carl!!! You did some terrible things — took off all your clothes in front of greedy Mark and had sex with that disgusting Sam — but now you forget about everything except Carl. You’re SOSOSOSOSOSO HAPPY!!! Oh, Carl!  You want to hug him and kiss him and marry him and have his children and do anything and everything for him and live happily with him forever and ever! Your WONDERFUL lover Carl! Tell him–you can’t live without him, so you want to get married right away!





5B · Carl, Lynn’s boyfriend : You never knew Lynn was so disgusting! You saw EVERYTHING that happened to Lynn. She let everybody see her WITHOUT ANY CLOTHES ON! She went into that man’s house and MUST have had sex with him! You cannot forgive her–NO NO NO, NEVER! You don’t want to see Lynn ever again! A disgusting woman! You don’t know why you loved her before! She’s a terrible, awful, horrible, BAD woman! 





DISCUSSION 5 : Could you forgive a lover who did what Lynn did, for the same reasons that she did? Do you think most men would react the same way that Carl did? How would most women react in the same situation?





RESULTS DISCUSSION : Do you think the result of the test is accurate? If you could, without the aid of the test, rank convention, love, money, pleasure, rationality, and sex according to how important they are to you, in what order what you put them? Do you think the way you rank them now is different from how you might have ranked them in the past — say, ten years ago? Do you think your values closely match those of your significant other?





CONVENTION : How conventional a person are you? Would you rather be described as “normal” or “unusual”? Why? About which of the other areas on which this test focuses — love, money, pleasure, rationality, sex — are your attitudes most conventional? About which are they least conventional? What is your attitude towards people who are highly unconventional–admiring, contemptuous, or something else? Which of your family members or friends is most unconventional? Do you think that you yourself should try to be more unconventional? Why or why not? Do you think it is important for social stability that most people’s attitudes and behaviors remain conventional?





LOVE : How important do you think love is for you? Do you think you could be happy without love? What sort of love is most important to you — for example, parental love, romantic love, or friendship? Is it more important for you that there be someone whom you love, or that someone love you? Can you explain your preference? When would you say that you first fell in love? Do you expect to fall in love again in the future?





MONEY : How would you describe your attitude toward money? How important is having a great deal of money to you? Do you think someone’s wealth is a good indicator of how successful they are? Why or why not? If you don’t think wealth is a good indicator, what do you consider to be a better one? Do you think you have enough money to live the kind of lifestyle that you are completely satisfied with? Even if you don’t consider yourself to be obsessed with money, do you consider yourself materialistic?





PLEASURE : Would you describe yourself as a hedonist? What are some of your daily tasks that give you much pleasure? What sort of pleasures do you value most — for example, intellectual, sensual, or emotional? Do you think you get enough pleasure from your life?





REASON : How rational do you consider yourself to be? When you have to make a difficult decision, does your final decision usually rely on reason or intuition? Do you often behave irrationally? If so, does this bother you? Are there some areas of your life about which you are much more rational than in others? If so, what are they? What are the areas about which you are least rational?





SEX : How important is sex for you?  Do you think that sex is something you are still learning about? How satisfied are you with your sex life? Have you ever had an especially mind-blowing, outrageous, or otherwise exceptional sexual experience that you would be willing to describe? One poll of married American women showed that about three-quarters would be satisfied with just hugging, kissing, and cuddling with their spouses—would you?



June 3, 2008

Example introduction and conclusion

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Do you think you are always doing the same things in your daily life, just like a machine doing the same things every day? If you have this kind of thinking, have you ever tried to make your life better? Sometimes I really think that my life is like a formula. The same things happen day after day and there is a lack of interesting new things. So I just wonder, how can I live well?


STRONG POINTS: Good use of questions (asks a question that audience is likely to answer yes, leads naturally into subject of speech). Shows relevance of speech to audience (help them make their lives better). Attracts interest.

WEAK POINTS: Ordering of sentences (questions) a little disorganized—no obvious logical sequence. Begins by talking about doing new things and then asks how to live well, without making connection between doing new things and living well.





Do you think you are always doing the same things in your daily life, just like a machine doing the same thing over and over? If you think so, maybe you should make trying new things part of your lifestyle. If you’re like me, you’ll find that it really makes your life better. I found four different methods for finding new things to do, and I’d like to share some examples of how I used these methods.


Do you think the revised version addresses the weak points in the original? Does the introduction achieve all the functions that an introduction is supposed to? How effective is this introduction? What further improvements could be made?







There are many new things we can try to make our lives better. Everything you have never tried can be new things. These new things really make my life more interesting. So, what are you waiting for? Just go ahead and try some things you haven’t done before!


As you can see, there are many new things we can try that will make our lives better and more interesting. You can do routine things a different way, you can try different types of the things you already enjoy, you can learn something new, and you can change your environment. So, what are you waiting for? Just go ahead and try some things you’ve never done before!


Can you tell which conclusion is the original and which is the revised version? Which do you think is the better? Why? What functions of a conclusion does it achieve? How effective is this conclusion? What further improvements could be made?




Popular slang

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Do you use a lot of slang (俚語) when you speak? What is your favorite slang expression? Do you think knowing slang in English is important?

admire : to respect and approve of someone or their behavior, or to find someone or something attractive and pleasant to look at  • advanced : highly developed  • beat : in music, a regular emphasis, or a place in the music where such an emphasis is expected  • beneath your dignity : If something is beneath your dignity, you feel that you are too important to do it  • booty : ass  • bounce : to (cause to) move up or away after hitting a surface  • certain : having no doubt or knowing exactly that something is true, or known to be true, correct, exact or effective  • confused : unable to think clearly or to understand something  • cut the crap : a rude way of telling someone to stop saying things that are not true or not important  • decorate : to add something to an object or place, especially in order to make it more attractive  • device : an object or machine which has been invented to fulfill a particular purpose  • disturbing : making you feel worried or upset  • embarrass : to cause someone to feel anxious or uncomfortable  • enemy : a person who hates or opposes another person and tries to harm them or stop them from doing something  • envy : to wish that you had something that another person has  • façade : a false appearance that is more pleasant than the reality  • figure out : to finally understand something or someone, or find the solution to a problem after a lot of thought  • gravy : a sauce made from meat juices, liquid and flour, and served with meat and vegetables  • high-tech : sing the most advanced and developed machines and methods  • imitate : to behave in a similar way to someone or something else, or to copy the speech or behavior, etc. of someone or something  • impatient : easily annoyed by someone’s mistakes or because you have to wait  • impress : to cause someone to admire or respect you because of something that you have done or said  • interest : something that bring advantages to or affects someone or something  • involved : being in a close relationship with someone  • lick : to move the tongue across the surface of something  • luxury : something expensive which is pleasant to have but is not necessary  • lyrics : the words of a song, especially a pop song  • make the first move : to start a romantic or sexual relationship with someone  • momentum : the force that keeps an object moving or keeps an event developing after it has started  • outdated : old-fashioned and therefore not as good or as fashionable as something modern  • overrated : When something is overrated people think it is better than it really is  • overreact : to react in an extreme, especially an angry or frightened, way  • persuade : to make someone do or believe something by giving them a good reason to do it or by talking to them and making them believe it  • pimp : a man who controls prostitutes, especially by finding customers for them, and takes some of the money that they earn  • poetry : a style of writing in which the words are arranged in separate lines, often ending in rhyme, and are chosen for their sound and for the images and ideas they suggest  • project : a piece of planned work or an activity which is completed over a period of time and intended to achieve a particular aim  • protect : to keep someone or something safe from injury, damage or loss:  • pushy : behaving in an unpleasant way by trying too much to get something or to make someone do something  • refuse : to say that you will not do or accept something  • respect : to feel or show admiration for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities  • show somebody up : beat someone or show your superiority over them in a way that makes them look bad or feel embarrassed :   • stable : firmly fixed or not likely to move or change  • stand by somebody : to continue to support or help someone who is in a difficult situation  • support : to help someone emotionally or in a practical way  • value : how useful or important something is





01 down with

A expresses respect or admiration for something: “I’m down with old rockabilly.”  •  What type of music do you most admire? Do you tend to openly express your respect or admiration for something? Can you respect or admire anything that you don’t actually enjoy—for example, classical music or poetry?

B be enemies with someone you were once friends with: “I’m down with that a-hole after he slept with my girlfriend.”   •  Do you have any enemies now who were once friends with? How about the opposite situation—becoming friends with someone who was once an enemy?

C extremely good at something: “I’m down with GTA 4 after I played for three days straight.”  •  What is something you consider yourself extremely good at? How often do you play games? Have you played Grand Theft Auto 4? What is your favorite game of all time?

D hungry for something in particular: “I’m down with a hamburger right about now.”  • How hungry are you right now? What are you hungry for? Do you often get cravings for particular kinds of food?

02 sick

A to do nothing: “I’m just going to sick all weekend.”  • Do you ever spend a whole day doing nothing? Would you feel bad about it if you did?

B sexy: “Whoa! Check her out. That’s a sick body!”  • Which guy in the class do you think is sexiest? Which girl? For you, what makes a person sexy?

C cool: “Take a listen to this song. Talk about a sick beat!”  •  Is the beat one of the things you pay the most attention to in a song? Can you think of a song with an especially good or interesting beat? How much attention do you pay to a song lyrics?

D smart: “She is one sick girl. Graduated from university when she was just 12!”  •  Who is the smartest person you know? In what ways is she or he smart? How smart do you think you are?





03 pwn3d

A confused: “What the hell are you talking about? I’m seriously pwn3d here.”  •  What confuses you most about English? When something confuses you, do you try to figure it out on your own, or do you ask someone for help?

B very envious: “Did you see his new Porsche! Man, I’m pwn3d!”  •  Do you especially like Porsches? What is your “dream car”? What kinds of things or people make you feel most envious? Do you think you are often envied by other people?

C to get shown up publicly: “Haha. He thought he was hot shit at basketball, but then he got pwn3d by a twelve-year-old!”  •  How often do you play basketball? What sport are you best at? Do you play this sport competitively?

D unfamiliar with something: “I just installed this new piece of software, so basically I’m pwn3d.”  •  What software do you use most often on your computer? Do you know how to use any unusual or less common software?





04 gay

A unexpected: “That was so gay! I thought everyone had forgotten my birthday, when all along they were just planning a surprise party for me.”  •  Have you ever gotten a surprise party? How important is your birthday to you? How did you celebrate your most recent birthday?

B stupid or unfortunate: “The last U2 CD was so gay. That’s what happens when a bunch of 50-year-olds try to be hip.”  •  Do you know U2’s music? What do you think of it? What groups or singer do you know that used to be good, but aren’t anymore? What do you think happened to them?

C outdated: “You still listen to cassette tapes? No way! That’s so gay! Get an iPod, girl.”  •  What do you use to listen to most of your music? What music have you been listening to recently?

D difficult to understand: “That movie was so gay. I still don’t know what it was about.”  •  Have you ever seen a movie or read a book that you couldn’t really understand? Did you still enjoy it?





05 bounce

A to have a party: “I’ve got a case of beer, and a couple of girls are coming over. Let’s bounce, dude!”  •  How much do you enjoy parties? What type of party do you think is most fun?

B to have sex: “I know you want me, baby. So cut the ‘it’s too soon’ crap and let’s bounce!”  •  The first time you have sex with someone, do you usually make the first move?

C to leave: “This club is just not happening. Time to bounce, people.”  •  What clubs in Taipei have you been to? Which is your favorite? Besides going to clubs, what other types of night life do you enjoy?

D to get overly excited: “What are you bouncing about, dude? She only said hi not that she’d marry you.”  •  Are you the type of person who easily gets excited? What kinds of things get you excited easily?

06 pimp

A to modify something to make it cool and eye-catching: “She’s pimped everything from her bag to her booty with little pink hearts.”  •  Do you like to decorate your mobile phone and other personal accessories? Why or why not?

B to help someone with something: “If you pimp my homework, I’ll treat you to lunch, I promise!”  •  Do you probably more often ask someone for help, or give someone else help? What kind of help are you most often asked to give? In what situations do you refuse to help someone?

C to force someone to do something embarrassing or beneath their dignity: “When I lost the bet, she pimped me bad. I had to get down and lick her shoes.”  •  Have you ever forced someone to do something embarrassing or beneath their dignity? Would you enjoy doing this to someone you disliked?

D to try to persuade someone of something’s value: “She keeps pimping LV bags, but I don’t care how much they cost. I still think their butt-ugly.”  •  What luxury-brand goods do you own? What are some of your favorite luxury brands? What are some that you think are overrated?





07 frontin

A be pushy: “Stop frontin me and give me time to decide on my own, will you?”  •  Do you know anybody who is very pushy? How do you respond when someone is very pushy towards you? Are you ever pushy?

B be the leader of a group: “He’s frontin tonight. I’m just going along for the ride.”  •  Do you like to be the leader in any situation? Who is the leader in your group of closest friends? Why do you think this person became the leader?

C very new or advanced: “The iPhone’s totally frontin! Makes my Nokia look like a toy.”  •  When you use high-tech device, how important to you is it that they be the newest or most advanced?

D to put on a façade to impress someone or seem better than you really are: “She’s just frontin. Buys all those fancy clothes, but eats instant noodles every day.”  •  How often do you put on a façade? Why do you generally do it?





08 have someone’s back

A to support and stand by someone: “Just remember: no matter what happens, I’ve got your back.”  •  Do you have a friend that you can count on to always support you? What is the best thing that a friend has ever done for you?

B to imitate someone you admire: “I love the way she dances and just totally have her back.”  •  Have you ever tried to imitate somebody? What about them did you imitate? What celebrity do you most admire? What do you admire most about them? Which of your classmates do you most admire?

C to know someone extremely well: “We’ve known each other since we were babies, almost. I totally have her back.”  •  What person in the world, besides yourself, do you know best? Has this person ever done something that surprised you because you didn’t expect they would do such a thing?

D to be secretly involved with someone: “Nobody knew it at the time, but I had her back when we were both working at that tea shop.”  •  Have you ever had a love affair or friendship that most or all of the people around you didn’t know about? Why did you keep it secret? In what situations would you keep a relationship secret?

09 gravy

A a disturbing situation: “After my three bitches found about each other, I was in for some serious gravy.”  •  Have you ever been dating more than one person at a time when they found about each other? Have you ever found out your lover was dating another person at the same time as they were dating you?

B something that seems better than it really is: “I bought this phone because it looks so hot, but turns out it’s just gravy!”  •  Have you bought anything or done anything recently that turned out to be much less good than you thought it would be?

C a lie: “You two are just friends? That’s gravy!”  •  Have you ever lied about the type of relationship you had with someone? Why did you, or why would, you lie about this? How often and in what situations do you lie? Would you say that you lie more often to protect your own interests, or to avoid hurting someone else?

D a state of stable happiness: “Ever since we started going out, it’s all gravy.”  •  Would you describe your life now as being in a state of stable happiness? What do you need to be happy?





10 poppin’

A in an excited state: “Ever since you got here, the party’s really been poppin’.”  •  Have you been in a very excited state recently? When you are very excited, how do you show it?

B working or studying hard: “Unless you want to fail Max’s class, you’d better do some poppin’ on your homework, girl.”  •  How hard do you work or study? How do you compare to your coworkers or classmates? Do you tend to put more effort into your job or schoolwork, or into personal projects? What is your biggest personal project currently?

C in love: “From the moment he set eyes on her, he was poppin’.”  •  Have you experienced “love at first sight”? How easily do you think this can happen to you?

D losing momentum: “After they kicked ass in the first quarter, the team just started poppin’ and ended up losing the game.”  •  What sports teams do you like best? Have you ever been a member of a sports team? Would you like be a member of a pro sports team if you could? Which sport would you choose?





11 trippin’

A talk in a boring way or about a boring subject: “Will you stop your trippin’? I’m about to fall asleep over here.”  •  What do you do when the person you’re having a conversation with continues to talk about a subject that you find very boring? How often do you do the same thing?

B feel extremely happy: “What are you trippin’ about? Are you on X or something?”  •  When was the last time you felt extremely happy? Have you ever been so happy that you cried?

C making a bad situation worse: “Stop try to help with your stupid ideas. You’re just trippin’.”  •  Have you ever made a situation worse even though you were trying to help?

D overreact: “What are you trippin’ about? It’s only a cheap phone that you lost, dumbass!”  •  Do you have any tendency to overreact? Have you ever gotten into trouble because you have overreacted in some situation?


12 like ass

A unpleasant: “Compared to your other shoes, those look like ass.”  •  How much attention do you pay to people’s shoes? Do you think the shoes someone wears can tell you very much about that person? Where did you get the shoes you are wearing today? How many pairs of shoes do you own? 

B very interesting: “That TV show’s like ass.”  •  What are some of your favorite TV shows? What popular TV shows do you dislike? Why do you dislike them?

C very drunk: “After just three beers, he was like ass.”  •  How often do you get drunk? How much alcohol does it take for you to get drunk? How do you act when you get drunk? 

D slow to understand: “I told him it was over, but he didn’t believe me until I got married. He’s totally like ass.”  •  Do you know anybody who is a little “slow”? Do you get impatient when someone is slow to understand you?



May 27, 2008

How easily do you get jealous?

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 5:12 am


beg : to ask for something urgently and without pride because you want it very much  • clumsy : awkward in movement or manner  • competent : able to do something well  • complain : to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory  • conflict : If beliefs, needs, or facts, etc. conflict, they are very different and cannot easily exist together or both be true  • conform : to behave according to the usual standards of behavior which are expected by a group or society  • conscientious : putting a lot of effort into your work  • crave : to have a strong or uncontrollable desire for something  • criticize : to express disapproval of someone or something  • desirable : worth having and wanted by most people  • dominant : more important, strong or noticeable than anything else of the same type  • expectation : when you expect good things to happen in the future  • fly off the handle : to react in a very angry way to something that someone says or does  • fortunate : lucky  • go along with : to support an idea, or to agree with someone’s opinion  • helpless : unable to do anything to help yourself or anyone else  • life of the party : someone who is energetic and amusing and at the centre of activity during social occasions  • make up your mind : to decide  • material : relating to physical objects or money rather than emotions or the spiritual world  • pamper : to treat a person or an animal in a special way by making them as comfortable as possible and giving them whatever they want  • possession : something that you own or that you are carrying with you at any time  • raw deal : bad or unfair treatment  • resent : to be angry about and to dislike being forced to accept something or someone annoying  • schadenfreude : a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction when something bad happens to someone else  • source : the place something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something  • task : a piece of work to be done, especially one done regularly, unwillingly or with difficulty  • tense : nervous and anxious and unable to relax  • trade : to exchange something, or to stop using or doing something and start using or doing something else instead





01 Do you often feel life is giving you a raw deal?


If so, in what way? In what ways do you think you have been most lucky in life? How happy are you with your life now? In what areas do you most hope things will get better in the future?





02 Do you often experience schadenfreude?


What’s an example of when you experienced schadenfreude? When you see someone who is more attractive, more successful, or more fortunate than you are, do you resent them? Have you ever been resented that you know of for these same reasons?





03 Have you often wished that you were someone else?


If you had to trade lives with someone, whom would you choose? Why? Is there anyone whom you’d like to trade appearances with? Whose talents or knowledge would you most like to have?





04 When you are criticized, do you fly off the handle or get extremely depressed?


What are you criticized for? What is an example of criticism that someone gave you that actually helped you in some way? How often do you criticize others? When you criticize others, do you think it’s usually really a complaint about them, or do you mean to help them improve themselves?

05 Do minor problems in your life bother you more than they should?


What problems are bothering you now? When you have a problem, do you usually try to solve it on your own? Who do you go for help most often? What do you think was the biggest problem you have ever faced? How did you solve this problem?





06 Do you have trouble making up your mind when you are faced with choices?


When you’re having trouble making a decision, what do you do to help yourself come to a decision? What is the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?





07 Would you say that basically you are a conformist?


In what areas of your life, do you conform even though it’s not the “real you”? Whose or what expectations are you most likely to conform to? In what area are you least conformist?





08 Does it bother you that others have more material things than you do?


During what time of your life were you best off materially? What material possession is most important to you? Why? How important is it to you to be very rich?





09 Would you say that you were pampered as a kid?


How strict were your parents? In what ways do you think they pampered you? What do you think about the way your parents raised you? In what ways do you think they could have done a better job? How good a parent do you think you would be?





10 When you were a kid, did you often do things wrong—such as refusing to eat until you were begged to or putting on your clothes incorrectly—to attract attention?


Do you still do anything like this to get attention? What do you do to get attention? Do you crave more attention than most people? In what situations did you tend to crave attention more than usual? In what situations do you try to avoid attracting attention? How about in this class—do you think you tend more to try and attract or try avoid the getting the teacher’s attention? How about your classmates’ attention?

11 Would you say that you’re “too conscientious” about your job or schoolwork?


If your answer is yes, in what ways are you “too conscientious” and why do you think you are this way? In what area of your life do you think you might not be conscientious enough?

12 Would you say that you’re generally helpless or clumsy in areas other than your job (such as cooking, repairing machines, doing housework)?


What types of tasks are you most comfortable or confident doing? What are some tasks that you often have to do even though you don’t feel very competent?





13 Do you find that you can’t relax even when you’re tired?


How tense do you feel these days? What are the main sources of tension in your life? What do you do to help yourself relax? Do you do anything special to relax before going to bed?





14 Do you easily feel lonely?


How much time do you spend alone? How often do you do things on your own that people usually do with someone else—for example, eat out or see a movie? When you do, what’s usually the reason? What do you do when you feel lonely?





15 Do you prefer to be the dominant partner in your relationships?


How dominant are you in most of your relationships? How much do you like controlling other people? Do you think you usually can get what you want from other people? Do you usually go along with your friends’ or family’s wishes even when they conflict with what you really want?





16 Do you tend to be attracted to potential lovers who are, in most people’s eyes, less desirable than you are?


What would you describe as your “type”? What type of people do you think are most easily attracted by you? Are the people you are attracted to usually attracted to you as well? Looking back, have you ever been attracted to a person who was much less desirable than you are? Why do you think this happened?






0 to 2 : A score this low raises more questions than it answers. You may indeed be extremely self-assured and thus never feel any impulses toward jealousy. Yet a score in this range has to be suspect. Very few people are as self-possessed as such a score would indicate, so devoid of the insecurity that gives rise to jealousy. There’s a chance that you really belong at the other end of the spectrum and are so driven by insecurity and jealousy that you can’t afford to give honest answers even on a quiz whose results no one but you will know. Try and think it over.  • 3 to 4 : Congratulations. You are probably a strong, independent-minded person who is attracted to similar people. You treat lovers as adults and assume that they will treat you the same way. You are too interested in living your own life to be jealous over what others may or may not be doing. In short, you mind your own business. On those occasions that you do intrude into the affairs of somebody who is close to you, you are less likely to be acting out of jealousy than out of serious concern for that person’s well-being.  • 5 to 10 : Welcome to the club. Your sense of self-worth, like that of most people, probably as well developed as it could be. To make yourself seem more important, you sometimes need to feel that you can control and manipulate others. Just about all of us do so from time to time. Such behavior doesn’t mean that you’re “the jealous type”, but it does suggest that jealousy—and not genuine concern—will often be the motive when you interfere in the life of somebody who’s close to you.  • 11 to 16 : Your score indicates that you have strong negative feelings about yourself. These sentiments can lead you to feel jealousy, envy, resentment, and anger toward anyone you think might be “better” than you are. You’re likely to have a strong desire to control others and will feel jealousy when your apparently dominant position is threatened by independent action on their part. You stand a strong chance of being the quintessential jealous lover.




May 20, 2008

New knowledge 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 8:24 am


abuse : rude and offensive words said to another person  • acquainted : knowing or being familiar with a person  • affect : to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause them to change  • aphrodisiac : something, usually a drug or food, which is believed to cause sexual desire in people  • appetizing : describes food or smells that make you want to eat  • ashamed : feeling guilty or embarrassed about something you have done or a quality in your character  • asparagus : a plant with pale green juicy stems that are cooked and eaten as a vegetable  • combination : a mixture obtained when two or more things are combined  • communicate : to share information with others by speaking, writing, moving your body or using other signals  • conception : the process of a sperm and an egg joining and causing a baby to start to form  • crave : to have a strong or uncontrollable desire  • depression : a feeling of unhappiness and lack of hope for the future  • deprive : to take something, especially something necessary or pleasant, away from someone  • descent : the state or fact of being related to a particular person or group of people who lived in the past  • dork : a stupid awkward person  • excessive : too much  • function : the natural purpose (of something) or the duty (of a person)  • genuinely : really  • guaranteed : If something is guaranteed to happen or have a particular result, it is certain that it will happen or have that result  • idiot : a stupid person or someone who is behaving in a stupid way  • impression : an idea or opinion of what something is like  • injection : when someone puts a liquid, especially a drug, into a person’s body using a needle and a syringe (= small tube)  • instant messaging : a type of service available on the Internet that allows you to exchange written messages with someone else who is using the service at the same time  • ketchup : a thick cold red sauce made from tomatoes  • link : to make a connection between two or more people, things or ideas  • necessary : needed in order to achieve a particular result  • odor : a smell, often one that is unpleasant  • overweight : fat  • peanut butter : a soft pale brown substance made from crushed peanuts which is often eaten spread on bread  • pickle : a cucumber which has been preserved in vinegar or salty water, or slices of this  • pregnant : (of a woman and some female animals) having young developing inside the womb  • proportion : the number or amount of a group or part of something when compared to the whole  • risk : the possibility of something bad happening  • side effect : an unpleasant effect of a drug that happens in addition to the main effect  • tease : to laugh at someone or say unkind things about them, either because you are joking or because you want to upset them  • term : a word or expression used in relation to a particular subject, often to describe something official or technical  • tuna : a large fish which lives in warm seas, or its flesh eaten as food  • verbal : spoken rather than written  • vulnerable : able to be easily physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt, influenced or attacked  • worship : to have or show a strong feeling of respect and admiration for God or a god





01 Which of these things was once worshipped as a god in Japan?

A Rice.

B Tuna.

C Hello Kitty.


How many times have you been to Japan? What is your general impression of Japan and its culture? What do you find most appealing about Japan or Japanese culture? What do you find least appealing? Are you, or have you ever been, a Hello Kitty fan? What other unusual things about Japan do you know?





02 In the African country of Ivory Coast, what type of injection has become popular?

A One that is supposed to change your body odor to make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

B One that is supposed to improve your memory.

C One that is supposed to make your butt bigger.


If it was guaranteed to be effective without causing any side effects, which of the injections would you get? Which of the injections do you think would probably be most popular in Taiwan? Have you ever gotten any injections or taken any drugs that were not medically necessary?





03 Which country outside of Africa has the most people of African descent?

A America.

B Brazil.

C India.


Have you ever been personally acquainted with someone of African descent? What is your impression of blacks? Which of the countries listed as answer choices have you visited? What did you think of them? Which country would you most like to visit (again, if you’ve already been there)?





04 How many e-mails are sent every day in the UK?

A About 10 million (10,000,000).

B Almost 3 billion (3,000,000,000).

C More than half a trillion (500,000,000,000).


About how many e-mails do you send per day on average? What proportion of your e-mail is for work, and what proportion is personal? Which is probably the most important form of communication for you—e-mail, instant messaging, or phone calls? How do their functions differ for you?





05 What country’s people eats the most fast food?

A America.

B Japan.

C The United Kingdom.



Which fast food restaurant do you like most? What do you usually order there? When you eat fast food, is it usually for convenience or because you really like the food? When you need to have a quick meal, where do you usually go and what do you eat there?





06 Which of these statements about asparagus is true?

A It is an aphrodisiac.

B It is actually a baby tree.

C Men tend to like it more than women do.


How often do you eat asparagus? How much do you like it? What are your favorite vegetables? What about your least favorite? If asparagus is an aphrodisiac, will you eat more of it? Do you think there are any foods are truly aphrodisiacs? What foods have you found that women tend to like more than men do? What reasons can you think of that this might be true?

07 Which of these unusual combinations of food is most commonly craved by pregnant women?

A Chocolate and fish.

B Ice cream and ketchup.

C Pickles and peanut butter.


Which of the foods listed do you like most? Which combination sounds the most appetizing to you? Which sounds least appetizing? Do you ever crave unusual combinations of foods? If you’ve been pregnant, or lived closely with someone who was, what did you find most surprising or interesting about pregnancy?





08 What did a recent study find to be linked to high-calorie diets in women at the time of conception?

A A greater chance of having a boy.

B A greater chance of having a child with a low IQ.

C A greater chance of having an overweight child.


How many children do you plan to have? Do you genuinely like children? What reasons do you have for wanting (or not wanting) children? Would you prefer having a boy or girl? Why? If your child had a low IQ, would you feel ashamed? If you were child were overweight, would you force him or her to lose weight?





09 Which of these things increases the risk of sleepwalking?

A Excessive sexual desire. 

B Sleep deprivation.

C Too much sugar in the diet.


Have you ever walked in your sleep? Have you ever suffered from excessive sexual desire? What did you do about it? Have you ever been sleep deprived for an extended period of time? How did it affect you? How much sugar do you eat? What are your favorite sweets? Do you think you eat too much?





10 Which of these groups was found to most easily become jealous?

A Overweight women.

B Poor people.

C Short men.


How easily do you get jealous? What kind of people make you feel jealous? Would you be most likely to feel jealous about someone who was thinner than you, richer than you, or taller than you? Would you rather be physically attractive but poor, or physically unattractive but rich? How often do you think you make other people jealous? What do you think makes them jealous about you?

11 When are people most vulnerable to depression?

A In their 20s.

B In their 40s.

C In their 60s.


How vulnerable do you think you are to depression? Do you often get depressed for no reason? When you are depressed, can people around you easily know it? When you are depressed, how likely are you to share what you’re feelings with somebody else? Who are you most likely to talk to about your depression?





12 In the UK, which of these words is the most frequently used term of abuse among schoolchildren?

A Dork.

B Gay.

C Idiot.


What term of abuse in English do you use most often? Which of the terms of abuse would you probably find most upsetting if it was used against you? When you dislike someone, or someone makes you very angry, how likely are you to abuse them verbally? When you were growing up, were you often teased? How often did you tease other children?





ANSWERS :  01.A  • 02.C  • 03.B  • 04.B  • 05.C  • 06.C  • 07.C  • 08.A  • 09.B  • 10.C  • 11.B  • 12.B




May 13, 2008

Matchmaker quiz

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 7:19 pm



annoy : to make someone angry  • appeal : to interest or attract someone  • arrogant : unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than, other people  • bookworm : a person who reads a lot  • careless : not taking or showing enough care and attention  • cheer up : If someone cheers up, or something cheers them up, they start to feel happier  • demand : to ask for something forcefully, in a way that shows that a refusal is not expected  • distract : to make someone stop giving their attention to something • encourage : to talk or behave in a way that gives someone confidence to do something  • feminist : a person who believes that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state  • gender : the physical and/or social condition of being male or female  • habitual : usual or repeated  • hint : something that you say or do that shows in an indirect way what you think or want  • in awe : feeling great respect sometimes mixed with fear or surprise  • indulge : to give someone anything they want and not to mind if they behave badly  • intuition : (knowledge obtained from) an ability to understand or know something immediately without needing to think about it, learn it or discover it by using reason  • irrational : not using reason or clear thinking  • lascivious : expressing a strong desire for sexual activity  • mistress : a woman who is having a sexual relationship with a married man  • mysterious : strange or unknown because it has not yet been explained or understood  • naked : not covered by clothes  • obey : to act according to what you have been asked or ordered to do by someone in authority or to behave according to a rule, law or instruction  • panic : a sudden strong feeling of anxiety or fear that prevents reasonable thought and action  • passion : a very powerful feeling, for example of sexual attraction, love, hate, anger or other emotion  • patient : having the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed  • philosopher : someone who studies or writes about the meaning of life  • prostitute : a person who has sex with someone for money  • pursue : to try very hard to persuade someone to have a relationship with you  • react : to act in a particular way as a direct result of something else  • respect : to treat something or someone with kindness and care  • role : the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organization, society or relationship  • sensitive : easily upset by the things people say or do, or causing people to be upset, embarrassed or angry  • smooth talker : a man who is very polite, confident and persuasive in a way that is not sincere  • stare : to look for a long time with the eyes wide open, especially when surprised, frightened or thinking  • tolerate : to bear something unpleasant or annoying, or to continue existing despite disadvantageous conditions  • uniform : a particular set of clothes which has to be worn by the members of the same organization or group of people  • vain : too interested in your own appearance or achievements  • volcano : a mountain with a large circular hole at the top through which lava (= hot liquid rock), gases, steam and dust are or have been forced out  • vulgar : not suitable, simple, graceful or beautiful; common or not in the style preferred by the upper classes of society  • wary : not completely trusting or certain about something or someone

♀0 Which of these would you find most distracting?

A A very handsome stranger staring at you.

B A man in uniform.

C A completely naked handsome man.

D Having a secret admirer.

Would any of these men not distract you at all? How often do people stare at you in public? Why do you think they do this? Have you ever had a secret admirer? How would you feel if you knew that you had one, but didn’t know who it was? How do you think most men react when they see you?



0 How do you generally react when you see a beautiful woman?

A You are in awe.

B You feel excited.

C You feel wary.

D You feel a mixture of fear and desire.

What famous woman do you think is very beautiful? What qualities make you feel a woman is beautiful? How did you think most women react when they see you?





1 Which of these is your dream lover most like?

A A god.

B A big tree.

C A lion.

D A lamb.

Why did you make this choice? Have you ever had a lover who was close to your ideal? Which is your current or last lover most like? Looking at the choices in the question for males, which of the choices best describes you? Why do you think so?



1 Which of these is your dream lover most like?

A A queen.

B A volcano.

C A kitten.

D An angel.


Why did you make this choice? Have you ever had a lover who was close to your ideal? Which is your current or last lover most like? Looking at the choices in the question for females, which of the choices best describes you? Why do you think so?


2 Which of these types of men do you feel most comfortable with?

A Someone mysterious.

B A patient man.

C A smooth talker.

D The strong and silent type.

Why did you answer the way you did? Which types of men make you feel uncomfortable? Which of the choices best describes your current, or last, lover? Do any of the choices in the men’s question describe you well? How would you answer the men’s question, if the genders were changed?



2 Which you of these types of women would you be least likely to fall in love with?

A An overly emotional woman.

B A lascivious woman.

C A bookworm.

D A rich but vulgar woman.


Why did you answer the way you did? Do any of the choices describe your current, or last, lover? Do any of the choices in the women’s question describe you well? How would you answer the women’s question, if the genders were changed?





3 Which of these men would most appeal to you as a lover?

A A philosopher.

B A psychologist.

C A musician.

D A powerful leader.


Why did you answer the way you did? Which of the above men do you think would be least suitable for you? Why? Have you ever had a lover who had any of the above jobs, or similar ones? Do any of the types listed in the men’s question describe you?



3 Which of these women would most appeal to you as a lover?

A A proud and intelligent woman who was desired by many men.

B A very sexual woman.

C An extremely romantic woman.

D A woman who would do anything for her lover.

Why did you answer the way you did? Have you ever had a lover who fit one of the descriptions? Which of the jobs listed as choices in the women’s question do you think is most suitable for you? Why?

4 Which of these things do you pay the most attention to?

A Your man’s social life.

B Your man’s health.

C Your man’s lifestyle and personal habits.

D Your man’s career.

Why did you answer the way you did? Which of the above do you pay the least attention to? Why? How would you answer the men’s question, if the genders were changed?



4 To cheer your woman up, which of these things are you most likely to do?

A Joke with her.

B Indulge her.

C Hug or kiss her.

D Demand that she change her mood.


If you were in a bad mood, how would you prefer that your lover cheer you up? Why? How would you answer the women’s question, if the genders were changed?





5 Which of these men sounds like the worst lover?

A A vain man in love with himself.

B An arrogant man who didn’t respect your opinions.

C A habitual liar.

D A guy who tells you, “Don’t think about it so much! Let’s have sex!”

Have you ever had a lover who fit any of the descriptions? Which of the above would you be most likely to tolerate? Are you guilty of any of the things listed in the men’s question?



5 Which of these do you find most annoying in a woman?

A Endless talking.

B Careless lies.

C Being overly sensitive.

D Irrational behavior.


Have you ever had a lover who fit any of the descriptions? Have you ever been interested in a woman at first, but then lost interest when you found out that she did any of the things listed as an answer choice? Do any of the answer choices listed in the women’s question describe you?





6 How would you react if you had a lover, but knew that there was another man pursuing you?

A Feel proud of yourself.

B Be very happy.

C Not have any particular reaction.

D Actively encourage him.


Is there anyone pursuing you now? How is he or they pursuing you? Have you ever pursued a man? Would you ever pursue a man in the future? How would you feel if a woman were pursuing your lover?



6 If another man were pursuing your lover, how would you respond?

A Feel proud that your lover was so attractive.

B Feel panicked.

C Not really care.

D Feel very angry.


Have you ever had this experience? Are you pursuing anyone now? Have you ever pursued a woman who already had a lover? How would you answer the women’s question if the genders were changed?





7 When you’re with your man, which of these roles do you most enjoy playing?

A Mother.

B Child.

C Prostitute.

D Man.


Does your lover enjoy it when you play this role? Which of the roles would you least enjoy playing? Why? Are there any roles that you would dislike playing, or would never play at all? What roles would you like your lover to at least sometimes play—for example, father?



7 Which of these roles do you think that a woman should most often play when she is with her man?

A Mother.

B Sister.

C Mistress.

D Feminist.


Have you ever had a lover who often played any of the above roles? Are there any roles that you would dislike your lover playing?

8 What do you demand of your lover?

A Everything.

B Nothing.

C That he understand what you’re thinking and feeling without your needing to tell him.

D That he make you feel like a woman.

Why did you answer the way you did? If you have had a lover before, which of the above qualities did he have? Would you demand any of the things listed in the men’s question? Which of the things listed in the men’s question could you give to your lover?



8 What do you demand of your lover?

A That she be kind and thoughtful.

B That she not ask too many questions.

C That she be beautiful, obey you, and enjoy sex very much.

D That she do whatever you want, when you want it!


Why did you answer the way you did? If you have had a lover before, which of the above qualities did she have? Overall, do you think you are a very demanding person?





9 If you were about to begin a great love affair, how would you probably be feeling?

A Like you were going crazy.

B Just happy.

C Already burning with passion.

D Nothing special.


Do you think you have had a “great love affair”? Would you like to have one in the future? Why or why not? How would you answer the men’s question, if the genders were changed?



9 How would you judge if a relationship with a woman were ready to become sexual?

A Use my intuition.

B After you have kissed.

C If she gives you some kind of hint.

D Only after it already happened.


Do you think you can understand women very well? How well do you think you can “read” your current, or last, lover? How would you answer the women’s question, if the genders were changed?




May 6, 2008

Speech #2

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 7:03 pm


Topic: freely chosen by you

Length: 2:30 to 3:30

Target audience: Max

Due: June 17



• Do choose a topic that is interesting and/or relevant to your audience (Max).

• Don’t choose a topic that is better suited to a conversation or your personal diary.



• Do organize your speech clearly.

• Don’t put together sub-topics that don’t fit together logically or don’t cover your speech’s topic adequately.



• Do include an attention-getting introduction.

• Don’t just ask random questions that might be related to your topic but that don’t lead naturally into your speech.



• Do let your audience know when you’re moving from part to part in your speech.

• Do stay focused on your speech’s topic, and avoid unnecessary details or wandering away from the topic.

• Don’t use language that you’re not confident in, which might make your speech unclear.

• Don’t use either written English or overly conversational English.



• Do summarize the main points of your speech and then end with a memorable final sentence.

• Don’t introduce new ideas that belong in the body of a speech.



• Do check to make sure that your speech when given will last between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half minutes.

• Do remember the lessons about good writing (see the post below).

• Don’t refer directly to the speech in sentences like “My topic today is…” or “That’s all for my speech.”



GRADING (30 points)

Form: 15

Content: 10

Delivery: 5

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