This blog is mainly for my students (aged 15-18) but everybody is welcome!.
I write about stuff that I find interesting for them,
not only for our classes but for their general knowledge, i.e. about anything that comes up.
domingo, 16 de enero de 2011
A Speech by Zaryn Dentzel, founder of "Tuenti"
I guess you are all preparing your graduation speeches; I hope this post will help you to calm down and take it easy.
I would like you to listen to this speech given by Zaryn Dentzel, the founder and CEO of "Tuenti" (the most successful social network - mainly for teenagers - in Spain) at the IE University of Segovia during the opening acts of the school year 2008-09 .
His speech is interesting from many points of view. Zaryn is well known for his informal and friendly approach in his speeches (as well as for his casual dress code), so I´m sure you´ll enjoy listening to him. First of all, for its content, what he says about both his education and his professional career: he came to Spain as an exchange student when he was 15 years old and this experience was decisive for his future. But then I would like you to focus on the speech itself. Zaryn speaks in Spanish but, even though he is very fluent, he makes some mistakes and this is what I want you to pay attention to: his mistakes do not affect his message, the communication gets through, and that is what matters. His American accent is very strong too but that doesn´t hinder his message. Remember this when you deliver your speeches: do not get nervous if you realize you make mistakes from time to time, we all do. As for your accent, only a few privileged people can imitate foreign accents to the extent of sounding like natives; unfortunately, most of us can´t. By the way, imitating native speakers of English speaking Spanish is a very good way of getting acquainted with the sounds of English -apart from the fun!
The speech is divided into three parts; watch and listen to one of them at least to fully appreciate his style. I must admit I found the first one mesmerizing and had to keep watching all three of them at a go.