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Type of speech Churchill Never Give In philippines
Why isn't Obama's speech included? General USA
Mistake in speech text Churchill Never Give In USA
Reference source for Churchill's speech Churchill Never Give In USA
I need a leadership speech General Somalia
Audience for Churchill's speech Churchill Blood and Sweat USA
Tips for graduation speech General Sri Lanka
Use the correct British spelling Churchill Never Give In UK
Wants high resolution picture of Martin Luther King Martin Luther King Dream USA
Analyze Obama's speech Obama 2004 Convention Canada
I remember hearing the event on the radio Reagan in Moscow USA
Failing to achieve the American dream Martin Luther King Dream Botswana
Wants homework help with speech Martin Luther King Dream USA
Greatest speeches General Kenya
Needs to share vision, just like King did Martin Luther King Dream USA

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Churchill Never Give In

Type of speech

February 17, 2020


what type of speech is this?

theresa mae - philippines (29360)


It was a persuasive speech. He was telling the students not to give in or give up in what they attempt.

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Why isn't Obama's speech included?

May 22, 2016


Why have you left out President Barack Obama from your list of inaugural speech?

Does it smell of revisionist history to you? It does with me.


I love President Obama because he and Democrats enacted and implemented the STIMULUS ACT which DEFINITELY helped to rescue the economy from the GREAT RECESSION from falling into a GREAT DEPRESSION.

I love President Obama because he and Democrats' economic policies assisted private employers stop 800,000 Americans from losing their jobs every month to the creation of 14.6 million jobs over 74 straight months of job growth. This is the best record of continuous job growth of any previous U.S. president.

I love President Obama because he took a daring and courageous decision at the start of his presidency; against fierce opposition from REPUBLICANS to BAIL OUT GM and Chrysler. If he had not done so today the Mid-West would have been an industrial waste land with ghost towns. Today, GM and Chrysler are producing more vehicles than ever before.

The production of CARS, TRUCKS and VANS is what began the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS and made AMERICA GREAT!


I love President Obama because he and Democrats have provided over 20 million Americans with affordable healthcare insurance. Americans are living longer but are sicker, too.

I love OBAMACARE; because President Obama CARES for the sick, poor, children and the middle class.

I love President Obama because he is a loving husband and daddy.

Ask Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Mrs Robinson and Bo if that's not true.



Thank you for your comments and opinions about President Barack Obama. I have planned to include his inaugural address, as well as those from various past Presidents, but have not yet done that. However, Barack Obama's Address before the 2004 Democratic Convention had been included among the other speeches.

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Churchill Never Give In

Mistake in speech text

June 1, 2015


In the closing remarks of Winston Churchill's speech you have a sentence with four consecutive NEVERs. I believe the correct quote only used three, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense."

Richard - USA (26055)


Thanks for pointing out that error. I corrected the text.

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Churchill Never Give In

Reference source for Churchill's speech

April 25, 2015


Thank you.

What is your source for the text of the speech?

Christopher - USA (25950)


The reference source for Churchill's "Never Give In" speech is the Churchill Centre website at:

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I need a leadership speech

December 2, 2014


leadership speech I need to share with me.

abdirahman - Somalia (25607)


You can look through the list of Famous Speeches to get an idea about them. Also see the Speeches Resources for more examples.

Also see Speech Writing for information.

Best wishes in writing a leadership speech.

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Churchill Blood and Sweat

Audience for Churchill's speech

September 2, 2014


what is the tone of the speech and who is the audience for the speech, what is the speech's main point

- USA (25334)


This is Winston Churchill's First Speech as Prime Minister in 1940. The lesson states that he made his first speech to the House of Commons.

The answers are stated in the lesson.

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Tips for graduation speech

November 17, 2013


I need to deliver a speech on my graduation day, which is on 22nd November, I would be grateful if you give me some tips,
I need to emphasize that I had many financial issues so that my institute gave me a scholarship, and I have gained 3.7 GPA out of 4

Damith - Sri Lanka (24201)


You can start your speech with something like: "Fellow students and instructors. I am sure everyone is happy to be graduating. I am especially grateful for the financial help I received so that I was able to attend this great school."

Then you can go on to tell your story and perhaps things about other students needing financial assistance. You might include something humorous the other student would enjoy.

Keep your speech short. 5 to 10 minutes is the best.

After your opening, have three points, stories, or examples. Then try to conclude with a quote related to the school or to encourage success for the other students.

Above all, practice your speech in front of friend or family several times.

Best wishes with your speech and congratulations on graduating.

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Churchill Never Give In

Use the correct British spelling

July 13, 2012


You print the text of Churchill's speech but not correct. If you are publishing any Englishman's speeches then try to actually use correct English. For example, Churchill would not have written "honor" in place of "honour"

I do understand this site is probably a US-based affair and, by all means, publish great and inspiring things but do so correctly.

I would also offer the suggestion that anything of Gandhi's would also have English spelling and not American. British prime ministers, abdicating British monarch's, etc. all these would be using the Queen's English.

Thank you.

Marc - UK (22778)


You bring up a very good point. Certainly, the text of a speech from an Englishman or someone from a country related to the UK should use the spelling from that nation.

I'll be correcting Churchill's speeches, as well as text from present and past British subjects.

Thank you for your input.

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Martin Luther King Dream

Wants high resolution picture of Martin Luther King

August 18, 2011


Hello! My name is Melanie Eversley and I am a reporter with USA Today. I am working on a package of stories related to the dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C., and I have been working on a project where I'm identifying people who stood near King during the "I Have a Dream" speech. I was intrigued by the photo you have on your page devoted to Martin Luther King because I believe it shows someone I was trying to track down. I was wondering if you tell me where you got that photo because the photo editor here says we might be able to get a higher resolution version for our needs.

Thanks so much!

Melanie - USA (21900)


The photo is on a number of sites dedicated to King. However, the photo credit on the picture is UPI/Corbis-Bettmann. That would be the best source to get a high resolution version.

Best wishes in your articles.

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Obama 2004 Convention

Analyze Obama's speech

June 12, 2011


Analyze Obama's introduction. That is, identify its parts and explain their rhetorical effects.

Analyze Obama's use of narratives and anecdotes. In other words, identify them, and explain the purposes to which they are put and the effects they achieve.

Analyze Obama's conclusion. That is, identify its parts and explain their rhetorical effects

sandra - Canada (21712)


The idea of your class assignment is that you should read the speech and draw your own conclusions as to the parts of the introduction, the use of anecdotes and such. Having someone else do it for you does not help you learn.

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Reagan in Moscow

I remember hearing the event on the radio

May 10, 2011


I remember hearing this whole event on the radio, which included a few questions asked by the Moscow students, a rare event for Reagan.

One of the students asked (if memory serves), "How can you criticize the Soviet Union's record on Human Rights in light of the treatment of Native Americans by your own government throughout your history?"

Reagan, not exactly light on his feet when caught without a script, said, "Well, I suppose we should not have let them stay on their preservasions, I mean reservations. We should have made them be citizens along with the rest of us." A truly vacuous statement.

Dan - USA (21563)


Thanks for sharing your remembrance. President Reagan was a master communicator when following a script. He also had great speech writers.

It was a great "zinger" from the student.

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Martin Luther King Dream

Failing to achieve the American dream

March 2, 2011


What is meant by the phrase "the American Dream" what does it say about the U.S.ideals of social and political equality. Why do so many Americans feel they have failed to achieve the American dream?

- Botswana (21281)


The idea of the American Dream that Martin Luther King referred to is that life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

This idea is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Great efforts have been made to eliminate discrimination, such that everyone is able to seek a better life. However, there are some who feel they are entitled to a richer life without working for it. They often blame others for their misfortunes and inability to achieve the American dream.

Not everyone can get what he or she wants, but everyone has the opportunity.

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Martin Luther King Dream

Wants homework help with speech

February 13, 2011


question 1: The quote,"One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discimination," is an example of what rhetorical device?

question 2: Can you summarize King's comparison of Civil Rights and a "bad check."

question 3: King's use of the comparrison between Civil Rights and a bad check is an example of what rhetorical device?

question 4: Why would repeating these two lines(Let Freedom Ring and Free at Last)be effective in this speech?

question 5: Why did King name many different states near the end of his speech?

question6: What is the most powerful and appealing image in this speech? Explain why you chose that.

Nichole - USA (21190)


You really need to carefully read and analyze the speech yourself. I am sure that is the whole idea of the assignment. The following site may help somewhat:

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Greatest speeches

January 5, 2011


please send me an example of Great Speeches ever delivered.

Your articles are very fulfilling.

John - Kenya (20963)


There have been many great speeches given throughout the ages. Each country has had great orators who have inspired their audiences.

The top speeches in the United States have been:

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech in 1963


Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in 1863

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Martin Luther King Dream

Needs to share vision, just like King did

September 28, 2010


In his famous I have a dream speech Martin luther king Jr described his vision of equality in America that his four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character suppose you were asked to share with a group of students your vision for a better society.

Aicha - USA (20454)


Martin Luther Kind saw the problem of racial discrimination. His dream was to solve that problem. Later, he saw the problem of poverty and tried to solve that problem.

Look to some problems that you see in today's society. It could be poverty, environmental problems, gangs dealing in drugs, or something else that you see and are concerned about. Then picture how it would be if that problem could be solved. That picture is your vision.

Best wishes with sharing your vision.

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