六月 10, 2007

英語演說比賽準備題範文

Hi! Does anyone still remember the speech contest months ago? Let's refresh our memory by taking a look at some sample scripts from some of the winners!:)


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Heaven helps those who help themselves

Once upon a time, a wagoner was driving a heavy load along a very muddy path. He came to a part of the road where the wheels sank halfway into the mire. The wagoner whipped his horses in attempt to pull out the wheels. However, the more the horses pulled, the deeper the wheels sank. So he knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. Hercules appeared to him and said: ”Man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel. God helps those who help themselves.”

This is the provenance of the famous idiom “Heaven helps those who help themselves” or as Aesop’s Fables put it “God helps those who help themselves”. The story indicates an important concept that all human should follow: Self-help.

With the power of self-helping, people can achieve things that seem to be tough at the beginning. Take Beethoven for example. In his twenties, he started losing his hearing. He couldn’t hear the higher pitches. In order to solve this problem, he sawed off the legs of his piano, so he could feel the vibrations as he played. By the age of forty, Beethoven was completely deaf. However, he still went on composing some of his most famous works, such as Symphony No. 5.

That’s really amazing. Many people think it was a miracle. However, this miracle was not created by god, but Beethoven himself. His love for music motivated him to confront his destiny. His persistence in composing music helped him overcome obstacles and turned his disability into musical ability. Therefore, in our mind, Beethoven’s self-helping had established a role model who never gave in to his fate.

Help from heaven is for those who have been trying hard to ride out difficulties. People often wish that there could be some kind of miracle helping them when they are in trouble. But what they don’t realize is that, if they are not going to take any action, then there won’t be any help at all. God helps those who tried hard to stay alive under the debris of World Trade Center. God helps those who were abstaining from drug addictions. God helps those who bravely fought against cancer in their body.

In short, no one knows what he or she can achieve. If we have faith in ourselves and strive for it, then success is already by our side, because heaven helps those who help themselves.


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