Language is so dynamic. It's constantly shifting. It changes from nuance to nuance depending on generation, culture, population, political correctness and slang. I've known of immigrants - Greek-Australians - who on retirement from work in Australia, decide to reverse-migrate, back to the old country of Greece, to live out their declining years. To their surprise… Continue reading What Did You Say? Favourite Idioms
Potatoes and Desperately Danish
Do you think of the Irish famine or Germany when it comes to potatoes? Continuing on discussing vernacular language and strange idioms, Google threw this up at me today: I am Danish and might sometimes be a surt løg (a sour onion) read: a grumpy, critical person, although never as self-confessed as my blogger friend… Continue reading Potatoes and Desperately Danish
Sunday Reflections – Better Communication and Listening
Recently I have been writing about how we can listen better to what others are saying with the intention of improving our communication. Effective listening incorporates taking note of the pitch, rate and timbre of the voice as well as facial expressions, non-verbal postures or actions. Non-Verbal Communication " Watch out for the man whose… Continue reading Sunday Reflections – Better Communication and Listening
Australian Slang – Lost in Translation, Mate
Sometimes, Australian Slang causes problems. Every Aussie uses it. When you're born here, the meaning of those strange, shortened words are absorbed by osmosis. We are hardly even cognizant we're saying them. We assume everyone understands what we mean. Photo Credit: Facebook However, being so different to standard English words, the Australian Vernacular makes it… Continue reading Australian Slang – Lost in Translation, Mate
Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!
Australians are renowned for a laconic, self-deprecating sense of humour that is, to a large extent, the sort of mockery that is not meant to offend. Australia - New Zealand Relations We love to tease the New Zealanders about their accent and habits, like their habit of calling all and sundry, 'bro.' The Kiwis, in… Continue reading Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!
Poetry Challenge – September Round up
The Prompt for September was to write a Limerick or humorous poem. Only five lines long, limerick poems have an ‘AABBA’ rhyme scheme. Featured Poets – Colonialist's Blog I do suppose that each season Does come with a kind of a reason, And most are quite fine, But I draw the line At seasons that… Continue reading Poetry Challenge – September Round up