#180: Winston Churchill & The English Language

English Learning for Curious Minds

29-07-2021 • 29 minutos

He is considered by many to be the greatest public speaker in British history, and his words and speeches were a defining force in the British war effort.

In this episode, we'll learn all about how Winston Churchill used the English language to inspire a nation.

  • Winning the 1953 Nobel Prize for literature
  • Early obstacles to being a great orator
  • Completing his education on his own
  • Studying the great English orators
  • Spending four decades as a member of parliament
  • Churchill's gift for storytelling
  • The medium: the radio
  • My grandfather's memories of Churchill's speeches
  • Background to Churchill's speeches
  • How Churchill wrote
  • Writing more words than William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens combined
  • Speech #1: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat“
  • Speech #2: "We shall never surrender"
  • Speech #3: "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job"
  • Why Churchill's words are so powerful
  • Churchill's wit (and some funny jokes)

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/winston-churchill-language


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