UI School 徳島市のおとな・こどもの英語/英会話教室

2010年10月04日

Congratulations, Mina!

国府中学 住友美奈ちゃんが
第64回 徳島県中学校英語弁論大会で優秀賞をいただきました
夏休みにスピーチ練習を始めた時を思うと別人!
会場を埋め尽くした聴衆を笑いに巻き込んで
狙った以上の笑いをもらいました
いやあ、すごい堂々たるものでした
 
スピーチ練習をした以前と以降で
彼女の未来は格段に違ったものになる
・・・そう確信します
人前でどう話すか
どのように立つか
どう表現するか
大勢の前にたつのはどういうことか
実際に体験したことは身体に残ります

結果発表のあと
ある女性が近寄ってきて言いました
『あなたのスピーチは本当に素晴らしかった
きっと世界に羽ばたく人になるわね
あなたは素晴らしかった
私にはあなたがトップだった』
見知らぬ人がわざわざ寄ってきて言ってくださるほど
本当に素晴らしいスピーチでした
おめでとう、みなちゃん
こちらに彼女のスピーチをご紹介します
読んでみてください

‘I don’t have a dream’


 


 


I don’t have a dream.


I don’t want to be a pop singer, and


I don’t want to be a doctor or nurse.


The problem is I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.


I don’t have a dream.


 


For a while my only dream was to go to see my favourite pop group, Exile, in concert.
But I’ve already done that.


 


Exile held a concert in Hiroshima in July and I was desperate to go. My father promised to take me and a friend, and kindly drove us all the way there and back.


I admire Exile not only because their songs are great, but also because they support countries sufferings from natural disasters like Haiti. I thought that I could be an artist like them. I could be rich and famous, sing every day, and even contribute to the world.


 


The concert was amazing. 50,000 fans filled the stadium. Everyone was excited; people were yelling and cheering when they came onto the stage. When I saw them sing and dance up there, I realised that I couldn’t become a pop singer. I’m far too shy to be able to stand on a stage and perform in front of so many people. I would have to find another dream and another way to contribute to the world.


 


One day my friend told me that she wants to be a doctor. I thought that maybe I could be one too. I could make people feel better, could be respected and could even save lives.


 


When my little brother fell over and cut his knee, I rushed to him and put a band-aid onto his wound. I was like a nurse. I felt so good to be able to help him. But when he fell down from a chair and cut his head against a flower vase, there was blood everywhere. I couldn’t look at it. It made me feel sick. That was when I realised that I couldn’t be a doctor. How can you be a doctor or a nurse if you can’t look at blood?


 


When I was small, I had a new dream almost every second. Once I wanted to become a princess. Then soon after, I wanted to be a god, a fairy, a candy store owner, a florist and then a kindergarten teacher. None of them are my dreams anymore.


I don’t remember when I stopped dreaming. I don’t remember when I dreamed last.


 


I was worried because I still don’t have a dream today.


But then my teacher told me, ‘You are lucky, Mina! You don’t have a dream yet? That means you have the freedom to choose anything.’ Her words made me feel relieved. I had often felt bad because I couldn’t find my dream. I learned that not having a dream is okay. I’m only 15. I will wait until I come across my real dream. I will wait for my dream to find me.


 

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