SPEECH FESTIVAL: It’s Not What I’m Used To – Jan Dean

Speech 2012 Festival Poem: It’s Not What I’m Used To – Jan Dean

This video is a pronunciation guide for the Hong Kong 2012 Speech Festival poems – it is to demonstrate articulation only, performers should decide on how to deliver the poem!

It’s Not What I’m Used To
I don’t want to go to Juniors…
The chairs are too big
I like my chair small, so I fit
And my knees go
Just so
Under the table.
And that’s another thing-
The tables are too big.
I like my table to be
For me
So my workbook opens
And my pencil lies in the space at the top
The way my cat stretches into a long line
On the hearth at home.
Pencils-there’s another thing.
Another problem.
Up in Juniors they use pens and ink
I shall really have to think
About ink.

Here are a few useful tips…

  • 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?
  • Try to find out about the author.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take breaks, relax, don’t be nervous. Take a deep breath before reading!
  • Go to howjsay.com for help with pronunciation or download this video as an MP3 to your computer/ipod/phone.
  • Find more tips and advice here: http://bit.ly/R0nVwJ and here.

Below is a 2010 presentation on the Hong Kong Speech Festival, shared with permission from HKU’s Gary Harfitt…

Good luck!

– Mr Tom.

Speech Festival 2012