Man of the century, Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt must be examined from the beginning since it is paramount to understand the man and his values, which is the foundation of his persona. Born naturally is a testament to the man and how he approached life and public office, tough, straightforward, and honest. Though this is a broad statement Theodore Roosevelt throughout his life overcame some enormous odds to succeed. As a child he was a sickly delicate boy suffering much from asthma and frequently had to be taken away on trips to find a place where he could breath. On one such trip, the first taken by himself, he met two boys his own age that immediately took advantage of him because of his smaller stature and somewhat of a naive character. He tried to defend his sense of honor but was unable to do any serious damage due to his lack of physical abilities. Armed with this knowledge he went to his father and obtained permission to take boxing lessons to improve his fighting abilities which, resulted in little improvement after several years of lessons (Theodore Roosevelt 2). Nothing unusual about this type of treatment or attempts to better his fighting skills but, he was able to recognize his short comings, which is amazing due to the fact most people are unable to get past the indignity of being the brunt of a joke not to mention having the self discipline to continue his endeavors of boxing knowing he was not very good at it. Scholastically he was home taught developing a passion for reading, especially scientific adventures. Unfortunately, his home teaching lacked extensive mathematics and social studies, which became apparent when he was enrolled in school and required a tutor in these fields of study. Overcoming his lack of formal education...
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Shy, timid, self-contained as I used to be, I never expected that one day, facing 348 students from 80 different counties, on the stage of ¡°Global Young Leaders Conference ¡±, I can confidently manage an impromptu speech as long as 7 or 8 minutes. I understand I should thank my school SFLS for providing me an ideal environment of English learning in which I have gained ability to fluently communicate with native speakers. I should thank my parents for leading me the way to form a habit of analyzing situations on my own so that I always possess a unique perspective on various issues. The last but surly not the least, I should thank myself for sensitively realizing what I am lack of and how I can smooth over it. Mentioned factors aside, one incident is the fire-lighter of the dramatic changes in my personal character: That day was gloomy, and I was in a dejected mood as well, since my was returned by carried in a publication of , which is one of the most influential newspapers in China. The editor asked me to visit ¡¯s headquarter to pick up my payment and provide some advice for them, thus I had an opportunity to experience the working atmosphere in the largest media center of Shanghai. I was 10 minutes in advance of my appointment. As soon as I arrived at the site, I found it was a 55-story-high building shared by 5 newspapers and 3 periodicals. When I knocked into the editor¡¯s office, he was a little surprised, ¡°Still plenty of time earlier, is it?¡± ¡°Yes,¡± at the same time I talked to myself, ¡°Not too much.¡± ¡°I hope it doesn¡¯t bother .¡± ¡°It¡¯s O.K.!¡± Then we formally began our conversation, but somehow it sounded like an interview. Editor : As a campus person yourself, do you think is...
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Men, this stuff we hear about America wanting to stay out of the war, not wanting to fight, is a lot of bullshit. Americans love to fight - traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble player; the fastest runner; the big league ball players; the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win - all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost, not ever will lose a war, for the very thought of losing is hateful to an American. You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Every man is frightened at first in battle. If he says he isn't, he's a goddamn liar. Some men are cowards, yes! But they fight just the same, or get the hell shamed out of them watching men who do fight who are just as scared. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. Some get over their fright in a minute under fire, some take an hour. For some it takes days. But the real man never lets fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to this country and his innate manhood. All through your army career you men have bitched about "This chickenshit drilling." That is all for a purpose. Drilling and discipline must be maintained in any army if for only one reason -- INSTANT OBEDIENCE TO ORDERS AND TO CREATE CONSTANT ALERTNESS. I don't give a damn for a man who is not always on his...
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Review of Marlo Morgan's "Mutant Message Down Under" in the context of "Understanding or Appropriation?"Novels
Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan is basically a book about a spiritual odyssey a woman undertakes with a desert group of Aborigines who remain unknown and ambiguous to the reader. It is a book that has become highly controversial in its appropriation of Aboriginal culture in order to sell New Age philosophies to readers who are spiritually hungry to "get down to basics." One critic of the book stated it was "Cultural imperialism masquerading as harmless new age spiritualism." My own perceptions of the book? Firstly let me just say I hated the book. I thought it was badly written and was obviously deceptive in its representation of Aboriginal culture, both traditional and modern, and I thought from the beginning the whole idea was absurd. Let me put it into context; the book itself is an autobiographical account by the author, Marlo Morgan, who is a white American health practitioner. In this book she chronicles a three month walkabout she undertakes across the Australian continent through the center with a group of 62 desert Aboriginal people, a tribe she calls the "Real People." In accompanying the tribe she becomes the first white to be allowed in their midst. During this journey with this group of "traditional nomadic" Aborigines she gains spiritual enlightenment and learns to understand the harmonious connection that everyone potentially has within ourselves, others and the environment. Morgan is "chosen" by this unknown group of Aborigines due to not only her good-deeds working with an urban indigenous community, but the fact that they heard her call for help and also she allegedly had a spiritual connection she the tribal elder chief when they were both born. Morgan is privy to many aspects of the culture, including philosophies, sacred sites, spirituality, secrets of the Dreamtime learning how to...
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Without knowing it, I am sure that everyone could name at least one ballet. For example, "Swan Lake" or the "Nutcracker". Ballet is a very expressive type of dance in which one can truly express his or her feelings, while telling a story. In this speech, I am going to tell you about the history of ballet, as well as some well known ballets and dancers. Ballet has been around since the 1400s. The first dance performance was in 1489. In 1581, the first ballet for which a complete score survived was called "Le Ballet Comique de la Reine (The Queen's Ballet Comedy), which took place at the courts of Catherine de' Medici. Ballet started to flourish in the 1600s in the courts of Louis XIV (14th), also known as the Sun King. Court ballets really flourished in 1643-1715. In Italy, ballet was first performed in the early 1600s, and in 1661, the first ballet school opened in France, started by Louis XIV. In this school, the only people that were allowed to dance were the men. Women started dancing in 1681. Ballets are very expressive ways to tell a story. The dancing is very graceful and very impressive to watch. There are five well known ballets: 1) "Swan Lake"-The first production was in Moscow on May 4, 1877 at the Bolshoi Theater, but unfortunately this was not a success. The revival was a hit and got the appreciation it deserved. It was performed on January 27, 1895 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. This was choreographed by Marius Petipa and Ivanov. This was a ballet that was in four acts and it was based on a German fairy tale. 2) "The Nutcracker"- This ballet was based on the book "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", which was written by ETA...
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1. Introduction Interlanguage pragmatics (ILP) is new branch of pragmatics and second language acquisition (SLA). Initiated by Kasper (1981), it has received more attention and become quite fruitful through eighties, then was established as an independent discipline with the publication of ¡°Interlanguage Pragmatics ¡± (Kasper & Blum-Kulka, 1993). It was first defined by Kasper & Dahl (1991:216) as ¡°nonnative speakers¡¯ comprehension and production of speech acts, and how that L2-related knowledge is acquired¡±. Later Kasper provided another definition: ¡°ILP can be defined as the study of nonnative speakers¡¯ comprehension, production, and acquisition of linguistic action in L2¡± (Kasper, 1996:85). These two definitions differ in that the latter one widen its research scope from speech acts to linguistic action. Nevertheless, both of them consider speech acts as the core of study in ILP. As the first definition suggests, speech acts can be approached from their comprehension, production and acquisition, but this paper is confined to the production of speech acts. Research methodology is crucial to studies in every discipline, and it also holds true with ILP. Liu (1997) calls for studies on research methodology in ILP but there has been no paper concerned published in China so far. Kasper & Dahl (1991) provided a good review of the data collecting methods in ILP research, but it is a little old and needs a new paper adding more information. This paper focuses on the methods of data collection for speech act production in ILP study. In the following sections, I will first discuss on some questions to consider in collecting data. Then I survey some important data collection techniques one by one. Finally I show how mulitiple techniques are used in data collection with illustrations by some typical studies. 2. Questions to consider during data collection 2.1 Initial questions There are at least two questions needing consideration...
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The speech made by the CPP representative was quite a good one and seemed to have made its way into the hearts and minds of the voters enough that the majority voted for them. They had a few good points but unfortunately the voters were only looking at the good side as presented by the speaker instead of thinking about real life outcomes and consequences. When they spoke about reducing tax cuts, sure everyone wants that. Who would not want less money to be taken away from them? Think for a second. What is the government using the money for? Is it being used to make kites? No, it is being used for us, to provide us with roads to move around, with clean and healthy living conditions, with free healthcare, with public transportation. If people are willing to give this up, then I am sure the government will be more than willing to cut taxes to a quarter of what it is now. The amount of money the government spends for us is also one of the reasons why we have a national debt. Using automatic stabilizers is a good way to keep governments revenues and expenditures stable but then they go on the say they will increase the money supply by 3% not indicating at which point they will do it. If the economy is at its peak, a time when prices and inflation is high, doing this would make inflation and price rise, even more, something that they want to fight as they said in a later point. If they are going to create inflation, obviously they are going to have to fight it. They spoke about reducing business cost to reduce inflation. This would have been a good point had they said how they were going to do it....
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After watching the speech that I had given on Kurt Cobain, I realized that my biggest problem is that I don't stand still. I don't really pace, but I sort of rock back and forth slowly from side to side. I'm sure that is distracting to most everyone who watches me speak. I also have a tendency to talk with my hands. I know that you're not supposed to do that, but I don't it as being a huge problem simply because that is how I help express myself (and I'm not even Italian). I feel that I speak at a superior rate and the tone of my voice is near perfect. After watching the tape, it didn't seem as if I was rushing at all, and I spoke very loud and clear. I was able to understand every word that came out of my mouth. The biggest problem that I have when I listen to other people give speeches is the level of volume that they talk with. Half of the time, I can't understand what they are saying at all. This might come down to a confidence problem, or a lack of knowledge on the subject matter. I feel that it was apparent to everyone in the room who listened to me that I knew what I was talking about. Yes, I realize that knowing all about the life and death of Kurt Cobain isn't exactly the same as studying astrophysics, but I still knew what I was doing nonetheless. The material that I provided in my speech was adequate. I was easy to understand, and most anyone would have been able to learn from what I had to say. I gave a general overview of his life without regurgitating an endless number of facts. That is the key right...
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Ashley December 2, 2003 I presented my speech on the importance of nonverbal communication during a job interview on November 24, 2003. There were many strengths and weaknesses in the content, adaptation and analysis to the audience, and the delivery of my speech. My content weaknesses were the lack of research, and the amount of strong supporting sources, in which I could have used more. My content strengths of my introduction, body, and conclusion were logically organized well. My speech topic was meaningful and very appropriate for our communications class, and I identified the purpose of the speech clearly. The transitions from one point to another were effectively used in transition from the introduction to the body, and also throughout the body of my speech. Throughout the body, the main points were properly supported by expert opinion, and great illustrations and demonstrations to support my main points and purpose. The conclusion was concluded appropriately with a brief summary, and an emotional impact of hope in providing effective and helpful knowledge to my audience. The weaknesses of my adapting and analyzing my audience were relating directly to the audience. This would have been more effective if I had illustrated more personalized examples and situations in which my audience, classmates, could relate. The strengths of my adapting and analyzing my audience were adapting to the audience's level of understanding my main points and purpose, and obtain the audience's interest through using video clips in which they could compare and contrast the negative and positive aspects of nonverbal communication. My delivery weaknesses were my ability to maintain eye contact with my audience. I viewed my information and notes excessively and obstructively which caused a lack of seriousness and effective communication between me and my audience. The strengths of my speech delivery were emphasis, language, grammar, and punctuation. My...
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To faculty, staff, administrators, school board members, Class of 2003, and especially my family and friends, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you this evening to this auspicious occasion. Today, I know many of you are probably sitting in your seats thinking to yourselves, "I'm finally graduating and I can't wait to leave high school," while others are probably thinking "I'm going to miss my friends and all the great times I've had in school." Today is a victory within itself. Graduation is a moment for which we've all been working, waiting and preparing. For this reason, it is an occasion for both joy and sorrow. Joy, because we have passed one glorious milestone in our lives; sorrow, because that milestone is now a part of the past. It has taken immense dedication and effort to get to this moment. Not only is it an individual accomplishment, but also a success for all of the people who have been a part of today. We, the graduating Class of 2003, extend a warm and heart-felt welcome to all of you who have gathered here tonight to partake in this joyous and momentous occasion. Graduating from high school is a milestone in anyone's life, and your presence here means everything to us. Although tonight's ceremony is a celebration of our outstanding achievements, we must offer special tribute to the unsung heroes who are most responsible for our success. I would like to thank the teachers for giving me and all of us the opportunity and power to learn. You all have opened doors to many new worlds. Thank you, classmates, and seniors of OHS for making my final year of high school the most memorable. Thank you for being friends to the end. Seniors of OHS, before, we were wonderful, strong-minded individuals, but...
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