English Pronunciation Lesson

Free English Pronunciation Lesson: Improve your word stress & vowels.

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Script of speech given Steve Jobs in 2005 at Stanford University 


I’m honoured to be with you today

at your commencement

from one of the finest universities in the world.

I never graduated from college.

Truth be told,

this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.

Today I want to tell you three stories from my life.

That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months,

but then stayed around as a drop-in

for another eighteen months or so before I really quit.

 So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born.

My biological mother was a young,

unwed college graduate student,

and she decided to put me up for adoption.

She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates,

so everything was all set  for me to be adopted at birth

by a lawyer and his wife.

Except that when I popped out

they decided at the last minute

that they really wanted a girl.

So my parents, who were on a waiting list,

got a call in the middle of the night asking:

“We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?”

They said: “Of course.”

My biological mother later found out

that my mother had never graduated from college

and that my father had never graduated from high school.

She refused to sign the final adoption papers. 

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