From what little snippets of Australian politics I've managed to pick up from various Blogsites, I suspect they're both extremely fluent in Bullshit, though.
It is quite ironic. I wouldn't quite call it a paradox, however.
Ditto what Lord Hughes said - it's a mandatory pre-requisite when running for office to be fluent in the Bullshitus Artists tongue.
Ditto ditto ditto... I was actually surprised how well old krudd spoke. I tried to learn Italian for the longest time and just couldn't get the hang of it.
Mandarin would have to be the hardest language to learn. Each word has 4 different meanings, depending on the delivered tone. I desperately wanted to learn the language but it was just so incredibly hard that I had to give up. It's a funny sounding language though and my wife was continuously laughing at me.
Hmmmn, not sure yet Brian. Jury is still out.Of course it is a paradox Reuben. White man talking Chinese and Chinese looking doesn't.Love your Latin Jayne.I had a vague attempt at Thai a long time ago Jo. Too hard.Your wife is a Chinese speaker Anon? I like your comments on my blog. Can you use a name, however fictitious. I will then feel a bit of a connection.
Penny Wong is a very smooth talker. Not sure that I care that she speaks Mandarin. Rudd only uses it to upstage the Chinese Authoritariat. They must respect and hate him at the same time.
It would seem she doesn't Colin, but I take your point. Did you hear the 'joke' Rudd told when talking Chinese? It went along the lines of, 'do not worry about heaven, do not worry about the earth, just worry about the white man who speaks Chinese'.
Whenever I wish I was young again, I am sobered by memories of algebra.