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This is Jane Lawson's Audio Blog #068 at DailyStep English.
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Hello, I’m Jane at DailyStep English and welcome to our Audio Blog.

In today’s short blog, you’ll find a great audio proverb about the power of words and writing. You can also download the free MP3 and PDF files of this proverb..

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Here is Audio Proverb #068 from Jane Lawson at

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Words and communication are more powerful and can have a more lasting effect than war and fighting.

Examples: 1. If you force people to do something, they will always resist. Persuasion is much more powerful. The pen is mightier than the sword!

2. Under an oppressive government, the first thing to suffer is the freedom of the press. The words of writers, journalists, film makers and musicians can influence everyone. The pen is mightier than the sword!

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Vivisection Debate. Experimentation on animals for medical or cosmetic testing is a topic that divides opinion. Most people are against cruelty to animals but some feel that it is necessary to carry out controlled laboratory experiments on live animals to further medical progress and test new drugs. Jack and Diane both have strong opinions on this issue. With these 5 lessons, you’ll learn hot debating techniques and also perhaps refine your own view on the matter.

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