Aussie slang

Aussie slang

This is a discussion aired on radio station 3AW about Aussie slang. 

Click on the link to listen, the discussion begins at 55 mins 20 seconds

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Guess your English quiz

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The persuasive power of pronouns

The persuasive power of pronouns

Click on this link to listen to the audio from  Radio National.

Politics, it’s a war or words. We might hope they carry a little meaning, but it seems that there is also science behind making a winning political speech.

Are some words more politically effective than others?

Well we have the answers, as a Queensland University study has found that political leaders who use the collective pronouns “us” and “we” are more likely to win – far more likely.

Is the political speech a thing of the past?

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/is-rhetoric-dead-in-the-age-of-he-soundbite3f/4728912

In a time when 140 characters seems to be the limit of the modern day message does the old fashioned speech still have the ability to inspire and resonate or has it become a long winded anachronism? Neil James from the Plain English Foundation and Kevin Rudd’s former speech writer are guests on this podcast, from the Sydney Writers Festival