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PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 August, 2005, 12:00am

Talking point

I recently read an article headlined 'Avoiding stage fright' and discovered that there are many ways to improve your public-speaking skills.

For example, try breathing deeply before the speech. When we are giving a speech, the most important thing to remember is to have eye contact with the audience.

It is a way of showing respect for them. Body movements are also vital as appropriate gestures will make your speech more interesting.

If the audiences listen to what you have to say without feeling bored, you would have done a good job.

Lam Kwan-him

Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)

Try not to fight

Arguments mainly stem from misunderstandings.

We don't listen to what others say and insist that our opinion is correct.

Another reason for arguments is an inability to control our emotions, especially jealousy. Sometimes, we see that our friends have beautiful things and we feel jealous.

We live in a modern world in which we are all under stress and we can easily lose our temper and get into arguments over trivial matters. Our family and friends should be treasured. We should sort out misunderstandings through discussion.

We should also control our tempers and remain calm when dealing with misunderstandings.

Charlene Lam

Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

Young globetrotter

Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand are some wonderful places in Asia. Some of the best countries in Europe are Germany, Italy, France and Britain. Other places, such as Australia, US and Greece, are great, too.

I love travelling.

I have been to many countries, such as Japan, Korea, US and Australia. My favourite place is Portland, in the US.

Portland is comfortable because the trees make the air cleaner and the dry climate does not make you sweat - even in summer.

I joined some summer programmes in Portland and I had a great time.

We visited a big forest and looked for some animals and plant species.

I found colourful butterflies and a green anaconda which was fat and long. I yelled 'Mummy!' when I saw the big snake.

Portland is a good place. It is fun there.

Chan Ming-wai

Our Lady of the Rosary College

Good habits

Teenagers should develop good habits in their studies and at home. They should go to bed early and wake up early so that they have the energy to concentrate in class.

They need to ask their teachers for help whenever they have difficulties with academic work.

At home, teenagers can help their families by doing housework. They should try to reduce their parents' workload as they need to work all day to earn a living and take care of their children. Teenagers also need to talk to their parents frequently and tell them their feelings and share experiences with them.

Lee Lok-man

TWGHs Li Ka Shing College

No regrets

The annual Form Six admission process has ended and many students have, thankfully, settled down.

However, a few have lost their way.

Everyone knows that going on to Form Six is not the only option for Form Five graduates, but there is no doubt that it is the fastest path to university.

I think the HKCEE gives you a chance to show how hardworking and talented you are.

If you have tried your very best, you will have no regrets.

Ng Pik-kwan

Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)

Figuring out maths problems

I'm a Form Four student and I really struggle with mathematics.

Many of my classmates also have problems with the subject.

I don't think I do enough maths exercises.

Although I pay attention during lessons, my results are still poor. I have heard of another way to approach maths: 'Try more and read more'.

If you come across a difficult question, you must first try to tackle it yourself.

If that fails, you can ask your teachers or friends.

Phoebe Cheng

Leung Shek Chee College

Modern parenting

Do parents know what's in their children's minds? Many parents find it really hard to understand teenagers. In this modern world, parents should build up a good relationship with their children while they are still small.

Try to find out about the fashion trends or anything your children are interested in so that you can have different topics to talk about together.

Mandy Chu Sin-man

Christian Alliance S W Chan Memorial College

A sad tale

Many Hong Kong people like to keep pets. I wanted to keep a pet when I was younger.

A few months ago, my father saw some puppies on the street. He took them home and fed them. We loved them very much and I played with them. After a week, however, the puppies got sick. They didn't want to eat anything. My mum said it was expensive to take them to the vet, so we didn't treat them. Two days later, they all died. We were sad. I cried and got angry with my mum.

Before you keep pets, you should consider whether you really love them and have the time to look after them.

Pets are living creatures; they are not your toys.

Cheung Sze-nga

TWGHs Li Ka Shing College