English Speech Final
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” - Charles W. Eliot. A book is more than just a pile of paper to me; it’s a companion, a friend and the best teacher, I’m just joking Mrs Alozois; but books are pages full of words with the ability to take you on an emotional roller-coaster and make you laugh, cry or smile. Printed letters that transport you to another universe where you are no longer yourself; you leave this mundane world and walk alongside the hero, or your sympathies lie with the villain. But sometimes it’s something more than that. You no longer just watch, you join the tale, you become that character. However, I wasn’t born to just love books, I initially hated them. The more I read, the more I fell in love. It definitely helped me find a way to understand the world. 10 years ago, my family and I moved to the second smallest state in America, Delaware, as a young, energetic, and curious 7 year old. As exciting as that may sound, that stage of my life was definitely one of my biggest challenges. Imagine yourself in a school in Korea where not only you look different but stand out and have no idea what anyone is saying to you. It’s hard enough alone starting a new school but I found myself stranded, not knowing a single word of English apart from my name. I struggled to understand the language and also failed to communicate with anyone around me. Every day, the thought of going to school was a nightmare; I dreaded facing another day, feeling isolated and felt like I was somewhere I didn’t belong. Mrs Ballack, my superhero at the time was my ELS teacher who helped and supported me throughout my hardest times by recommending me to read books in English to assist my language barrier. Mrs Ballack brought new books every session. My reading journey started with Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess which felt like a major accomplishment at...
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