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Apr 08 2008

Speech Delivery

きのうはぼくのスピーチの日だね。ぼくはとてもしんけいしつ(Nervous)だったから、スピーチを話すのはちょっとよくなっかたとおもうよ。下にはさいごのドラフトです。

私はクラブの新しいプロジェクトがあります。友だちのザンアイキンさんはゲームを作るクラブに入っていますから、今PCゲームを作っています。でも今年の一月までザンアイキンさんはえをかく人がいませんでした。私はえをかくのが好きですから、ザンアイキンさんは私に「ゲームのえをてつだいますか」と聞きました。私はその時までゲームを作ったことがありませんでしたが、その時から私はザンアイキンさんのキャラクターデザイナーになりました。そのゲームはしょう来の国の間のけんかについてですからおもしろいと思います。今いろいろな事をするのが大へんですが毎しゅうクラブへザンアイキンさんに会いに行って、ゲームの話についてやゲームの中にいる人を話したり書いたりします。

デザイナーの仕事は大へんで時間かかりますが、私はその仕事はたのしいと思います。だからはる休みにえんぴつで女の子のえを五まいかきました。先々しゅうのしゅうまつにももう三まいの男の子のえをかいたり話のドラフトを書いたりしました。友だちは女の子のえはすごくかわいいと思うと言ってました。でも私はあまり男の子をかきますから、ザンアイキンさんは男の子のはとてもやせていると言っていました。

今いろいろな事がたくさんありますから、なつ休みも来学きもゲームを作るクラブにてつだっています。私はゲームを作るゆめを持っていますから、私が作っているゲームをたのしみにしていてください。

Since the speech syllabus does not say whether to write our comments on our speech and delivery in Japanese or English, I will write the rest in English so that I can go into greater depth.

I thought I was going to breeze through my speech because I practiced for 2 hours and had all my lines pretty much down. I recorded the time it took to recite my speech and I consistently got about 2 minutes and 30 seconds which indicated I had nice pacing. However, when it came time to actually give it in front of the class, being the shy person I am, I froze up a little and my speech didn’t go nearly as smoothly as I had hoped. I stuttered quite a bit and at times forgot my lines for a few seconds. I even forgot that I had my note card so I didn’t even look at that when that happened!

JAPN102 Speech (LIVE from 10AM Section)

When it was over I was quite relieved that I didn’t go into some sort of panic attack. But then, the questions came…Out of the six of us who went Monday and possibly out of the whole class, it seems like I got the most questions asked. I think part of it is because of my gaming topic which some people were genuinely interested in but probably the biggest reason was because most people did not want to give their speech Monday so they tried to delay their turns it by asking a ton to me, the second to last person.

I actually liked the question-and-answer section a lot and in retrospect wish that I had Taylor-san record that too. I am pretty good at memorizing lines in Japanese given the ton of lyrics I like to memorize but actually saying them seems somewhat forced and unnatural for some reason. I like ad-libbing and making stuff up on the spot so answering the questions was quite enjoyable despite many of them being rather difficult to answer. Because of the nature of our class, I wasn’t able to nor did I want to use specialized vocabulary to describe somethings so I had an interesting time making up katakana words such as “majikku shuutaa” and “jyuru soodo.”

Overall, it wasn’t too bad but definitely could have been better.

EXTRA
Here are some bonus tracks for you to “enjoy”. The first one is a recording of my speech I did in my room, the way I had originally planned to delivery it.
JAPN102 Speech (Unpressured Ver.)

The second is some karaoke of “Smile,” a song from my favorite shoujo anime/manga Full Moon wo Sagashite. I have a karaoke version of this but I didn’t want to use it because I sound funny without Myco singing also. Anyways, have fun lol.

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  1. sato

    I know that things won’t go as smoothly as you planned when you give a speech in front of people. I have exactly the same experience! I can’t listen to your in-class speech file on my computer, but I think I thought the pacing was good!

  2. Honya

    さとう先生、本当にありがとうございます。来学期もがんばります。

  3. Tatianna

    私はカレズマさんはらいねんスピーチを歌ったほうがいいと思う。カレズマさんはいいこえがあるん。

  4. クイエン

    カレズマさんのスピーチはとても面白かったから、たくさんのしつもんを聞いたよ。そして、プロジェクトをがんばって。ひまな時私はてつだいましょう。
    カレズマさんもアニメの歌を歌うのが好きだね。たのしいね。

  5. Honya

    イェさん、クイエンさん、ありがとう。次のスピーチを歌うのは面白いと思うけど、ちょっとへんな事だね。アニメの歌を歌うのはとてもたのしいからぼくはいつも歌うのが好きだよ。

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