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Published on Sep 3, 2013
This is a pronunciation guide for the Hong Kong 2013 Speech Festival poems. Ears by Max Fatchen. Good luck with your performance - here are a few tips and useful links...
1) Make sure you understand your poem. Ask for help if there are any words you don't know. Think about when and where the poem is set. What is the message? The meaning?
2) Try to find out about the author.
3) Make sure you can remember your poem well. Read it aloud, practice at home, write it down and learn it line-by-line, piece-by-piece. Perform your poem for your mom, dad, helper, grandparents, cat, dog, me - anyone who will listen.
4) Use expression and intonation carefully. This means you should show some emotion and use your voice to match your poem. Express the exciting parts, sad parts and happy parts. However, don't get over-excited and try to keep your body and hands still - most judges do not like actions or body language.
5) Take breaks, relax, don't be nervous. Take a deep breath before reading!
6) Go to www.howjsay.com for help with pronunciation or download this video as an MP3 to your computer/ipod/phone at http://www.youtube-mp3.org/