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The King´s speech (inglês/português)

by Christa Maas
Watching movies is a good way to keep your English up-to-date. But many times you can´t understand what the actors are saying, simply because their diction is bad.

Here are the links for the audio of the speech from the movie "The King´s Speech" ( o discurso do rei)

The king´s speech- o discurso do rei
the king´s speech- o discurso do rei

 The tapescript in English and Portuguese is as follows:

The King´s Speech O Discurso do Rei
In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in history, I send to every household of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message, spoken with the same depth of feeling for each one of you as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself.
For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war.
Over and over again, we have tried to find a peaceful way out of our differences between ourselves and those who are our enemies; but it has been in vain.
We have been forced into a conflict, for we are called, with our allies, to meet the challenge of a principle which, if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any civilized order in the world.
It is a principle which permits a state, in the selfish pursuit of power, to disregard its treaties and its solemn pledges, which sanctions the use of force or threat of force against sovereignty and independence of other states.
Such a principle, stripped of all disguise, is surely the mere primitive doctrine that might is right, and if this principle were established through the world, the freedom of our country and of the whole British Commonwealth of Nations would be in danger.
But far more than this, the peoples of the world would be kept in bondage of fear, and all hopes of settled peace and of security, of justice and liberty, among nations, would be ended.
This is the ultimate issue which confronts us. For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear, and of the world order and peace, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge.
Nesta hora grave, talvez a mais decisiva da História, envio a todas as famílias dos meus povos, tanto aqui como no estrangeiro, esta mensagem, dita com a mesma profundidade de sentimentos para cada um de vocês como se eu fosse capaz de atravessar a soleira da vossa porta e falar convosco pessoalmente. Pela segunda vez na vida da maioria de nós, estamos em guerra. Repetidamente tentamos encontrar uma forma pacífica para resolver as diferenças entre nós e aqueles que agora são nossos inimigos, mas foi em vão. Fomos forçados a um conflito, para o qual somos chamados com nossos aliados, para enfrentar o desafio de um princípio que, se vencesse, seria fatal para qualquer ordem civilizada do mundo. É um princípio que permite a um Estado, na sua busca egoísta de Poder, ignorar os seus tratados e compromissos solenes, que sanciona o uso da força ou ameaça de força contra a soberania e a independência de outros Estados. Tal princípio, despojado de todo o disfarce, é seguramente a mera doutrina primitiva de que a Força é o Direito, e se esse princípio fosse estabelecido através do mundo a liberdade do nosso país e de toda a Commonwealth (antigamente "British Empire") estariam em perigo. Mas, muito mais do que isso, os povos do mundo seriam mantidas cativos pelo medo e seriam abolidas todas as esperanças de paz e de segurança, de justiça e liberdade, entre as nações. Esta é a questão principal que nos confronta. Por tudo o que defendemos, e da ordem e da paz mundiais, é impensável que recusemos enfrentar este desafio.


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