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English humor or humor in English: a fun activity


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English humor or humor in English: a fun activity


To learn English, it is not enough to build up a large vocabulary and memorize grammar rules. Language is a complex, living organism, and to get to know it, one needs live speech and texts (literature, news, letters).

Those who have just started learning English find it easier to work with text. What is the ideal text for a beginner:

  • short
  • with simple structure
  • emotional
  • easy to remember.

An anecdote best fits this definition! A good mood, which will give an anecdote during translation, will turn on the processes of memorization. And on occasion, you can tell or share it in chat. This kind of fun text work will bring a lot of benefits.

Russian and English jokes: you cannot understand serious without funny

Humor is a national concept. Every country has the most memorable events, characters, films and books: they are the ones that appear in jokes and anecdotes. A foreigner may simply not know the realities, so the “alien” humor seems specific and strange.

Therefore, you can start with jokes translated into English.

  • What did your father say when he found out that you had wrecked his new car?
  • Mom, Should I leave out the swear words?
  • Of course you should.
  • Kept silent.
  • What did your father say when he found out that you crashed his new car?
  • Mom, omit obscene words?
  • Of course.
  • He kept silent.

Chukcha bought a refrigerator.

  • Chukcha, what do you need this fridge for?
  • To warm up during winter: it`s 50 outside and +2 in the refrigerator.

The Chukchi bought a refrigerator.

  • Chukchi, why do you need a refrigerator?
  • However, to bask in the winter: outside 50, and in the refrigerator +2.

Jokes about the Chukchi, Chapaev and Shtirlitsa are understandable only to Russians, because Russians not only know who it is, but they have a good idea of the character and characteristics of the characters, their relationship with other heroes. But there are also common themes for all: study, family life, politics, everyday problems. And here it immediately becomes clear how similar representatives of different nationalities are.

Wife: Darling, yesterday night I saw a wonderful dream - you were sending me fur coat and jewelry.

Husband: Yeah, and I saw your dad paying the bill.

Wife: Dear, last night I had a wonderful dream, how you sent me a fur coat and jewelry.

Husband: Yes, but I dreamed that your father paid the bill for them.

A little girl had just finished her first week of school.

"I'm just wasting my time", - she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!"

A little girl has just finished her first week of school.

“I'm just wasting my time,” she told her mother. "I can't read, I can't write, and I'm not allowed to speak!"

Teacher to doctor's daughter: “Your grades are terrible! I shall send for your farther! "

The doctor's daughter: “If I were you, teacher, I wouldn't. Daddy always charges 20 dollars for each visit ".

Doctor's daughter teacher: “Your grades are terrible! We'll have to call your father! " Doctor's daughter: “If I were you, teacher, I wouldn't do that. Daddy for each visit takes 20 dollars. "

At a dinner party, several of the guests were arguing whether men or women were more trustworthy. "No woman", - said one man, scornfully, - "can keep a secret."

“I don't know about that”, - huffily answered a woman guest. - "I have kept my age a secret since I was twenty-one".

You'll let it out some day - the man insisted.

"I hardly think so!" - responded the lady. - "When a woman has kept a secret for twenty-seven years, she can keep it forever"

At a dinner party, several guests argued over who to trust more - men or women. "No woman," one man said dismissively, "can keep secrets."

“I do not agree,” the guest answered offended. "I've been keeping my age a secret since I was 21."

"Someday you will betray him," the man insisted.

"Hardly! - answered the lady. "If a woman has kept a secret for twenty-seven years, she can keep it forever."

English humor seems strange to many, not only because they do not know the realities and heroes. The English love play on words, and to understand it, you need to know the language very well, all the features of the use of each word.

Nevertheless, there are such amateurs in every country, which is why such characters as Alice and the Mad Hatter, Jeeves and Worcester are extremely popular all over the world. Word-play humor is a delight for intellectuals. Often a play on words arises from the same sound of words:

  • Will you tell me your name? - Will. Knot. - Why not?
  • What is your name? - I'll say: Not. - Why not?

  • Why was six afraid of seven?
  • Because 7 8 9!
  • Why is the six afraid of the seven?
  • Because the seven ate the nine!

Often the pun is impossible to translate, but you can see it:

  • What's the difference between a schoolmaster and an enginedriver?
  • One trains the mind , the other minds the train .
  • How is a teacher different from a train driver?
  • One trains the mind, the other runs the train.

In Russian, this is not at all funny, but here you can see how the word mind is having fun and playing, changing both the meaning and the part of speech.

  • Why is it so wet in England?
  • Because many kings and queens have reigned there.
  • Why is England so wet?
  • Because many kings and queens ruled there.

Reigned sounds like It rained

  • What is the longest word in the English language?
  • " Smiles ". Because there is a mile between its first and last letters!
  • What's the longest word in the English language?
  • "Smiles". Because there is a whole mile between the first and the last letter!
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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