Wednesday, November 1

Culture Day Speech

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Konichiwa,

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My name is Stephen Walrond and I would like to talk about my home country, the United Kingdom.

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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a group of islands northwest of the coast of Europe.
I’m from the largest of those islands. It is called Great Britain; it is made up of three countries England, Wales and Scotland.
These countries are mainly ruled by a central government in London, yet some of the duties of government have been assigned to separate governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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I’m from England and I live very close to its capital city, London.
London can be described as a metropolitan city.
England is one of the most successful capitalist countries in the world.
Japan is the also one of the most successful economic countries in the world and Japan has the worlds second largest economy.

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Today I would like to talk about similarities and difference between my country, England, and your country Japan.
Some of these similarities and differences are my own observation and some are commonly regarded as fact.
England and Japan are both islands with successful capitalist and industrial economies.
Both of our economies grew from textile industries, silk here in Japan and Cotton in England. Both of our countries went through periods of feudalism also.

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We also have societies which both value education, literacy, etiquette, politeness and reservation.

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Both England and Japan have a love of nature, poetry and writing as well as crafts and a deep appreciation of practical skills.
So, the pupils in Japanese schools and English schools are very fortunate. They have the opportunity to express their selves through arts, sports and other challenges.

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Many people in the United Kingdom are bilingual; they speak Cornish, Welsh, Scots Gaelic and Irish.
England has a large immigrant population also who speak languages such as Gujarat, Hindi, Urdu and Cantonese.
English is known as the Global Language. It is taught world wide as a second language more than any other language.
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I feel this is a good thing as it means that I can have friends from all over the world and I’ve been able to visit and be understood in many countries.
It also means that many different races can find a home in England. This is something the government has encouraged over the years. My dad came to England from Barbados and my mother’s parents came from Guyana in South America.
I think that it is important to have a mixture of authentic cultures in one place.
It makes people aware of our cultural differences but also makes people aware of the things that link us all together.
Because of all the different cultures, the United Kingdom has many different styles of art that I would like to show you some of my favourites now.

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