Everyone loves to laugh. What’s the point in speaking a language if you can’t enjoy have fun using it, entertain people, make friends and play around with it? Jokes can be very sophisticated, using slang, perhaps language which is very difficult or even using references which you simply can’t appreciate. Understanding jokes in a foreign language is certainly a challenge but telling them doesn’t have to be too difficult. Honestly. The language used to tell jokes doesn’t have to be complicated. Delivery, timing and confidence are equally important.
And you don’t have to be Proficiency level either. Here are a few which even Pre Intermediate students could try out in class, or even better when they come to England, Ireland or Scotland. We love jokes here. So be brave. Try some of these in your next English Language lesson. You know you’ve “arrived” in English Language acquisition when you can make people laugh……. For the right reasons!!
Did you hear about the man who walked into a bar? Ouch!!! It was an iron bar!!!
What do you call a man who is lying outside your door?……….. Matt!
Patient – “Doctor, Doctor, I think I’m a pair of curtains”
Doctor – “Pull yourself together “
One day an English grammar teacher was looking ill.
A student asked, “What’s the matter?”
“Tense,” answered the teacher, describing how he felt.
The student paused, then continued, “What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter… ?”