Today on AIRC we answer a question on IELTS and explain how to tell jokes in English.
Hello Reza and Craig:
My name is Nayabet and I’m from Chile but I have been living in New Zealand for the last 4 years.
I found your podcasts 4 months ago when I decided to get ready for IELTS test and since then I can’t stop to listen (listening) to them every single day.
Finally, after all this time I’ve decided to contact you and show you my big difficulty, “My writing”.
As you can see I have too many things to do before my exam and I really don’t know where to start.
I came to New Zealand without knowing a word in English and my listening and reading have made much progress.
My speaking is not too bad, but my writing is terrible, basically I don’t know how to write an essay. Please Reza, you know about IELTS and maybe you can help me with this.
Also I want to tell you thank you very much, your podcasts are really helpfull.
Thank you guys for you time, hope you have a nice day.
We spoke about the IELTS test in episode 68: http://www.inglespodcast.com/68
Telling Jokes in English
Voice message from Mamen from Biescas
We spoke a little about telling jokes in episode 137 (How to tell a story in English)
To TELL a joke
Pun – a funny play on words
Gag – a joke or funny story
Comedian – a person who tells jokes
Play on words – juego de palabras
Punchline – remate, final
A funny joke (don’t confuse with ‘fun’)
To laugh – reir
A laugh – risa – It was such a laugh
To burst out laughing
I couldn’t stop laughing
To make someone laugh / It made me laugh
To smile, to grin – sonreir
To chuckle – risita
To crack up – It cracks me up
Corny – cursi
I don’t get it (I don’t get the joke)
To fall about laughing
LOL – laugh out loud / ROFL – roll on the floor laughing / LMAO – Laugh my arse off
to wet yourself
Amusing / humorous – divertido/a, gracioso/a
funny = you laugh (it’s a funny joke, film etc / fun = we had a good time. It was fun. We had fun at the party.
Sense of humour (or humor in American English)
Life of Brian
Mitchell and Webb
Improve your speaking with an italki teacher
My friend said he knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith.
So I asked him “What was the name of his other leg?”
The doctor to the patient: ‘You are very sick’
The patient to the doctor: ‘Can I get a second opinion?’
The doctor again: ‘Yes, you are very ugly too…’
A snail (un caracol) walks into a bar and the barman tells him there’s a strict policy about having snails in the bar and so kicks him out. A year later the same snail re-enters the bar and asks the barman “What did you do that for?”
A person who speaks two languages is bilingual…A person who speaks three languages is trilingual…A person who speaks four or more languages is multilingual.
What is a person who speaks one language?
– An American!
One of my students said to me yesterday, “Would you punish me for something I didn`t do?”
I said, ” Of course not.”
She said, “Good, because I haven`t done my homework.”
Years ago I had a girlfriend who liked to have baths in milk. One day I asked her: “Why do you take baths in milk?”
She said, “I can’t find a cow tall enough for a shower.”
I met a girl last week who said “I was born in London. I said, “Which part?”
She said, “All of me.”
I asked a student to conjugate the verb ‘to walk’ in the present tense. He said, “ ……I walk……..you walk………he walks……..
I said, “Quicker please”, He said “I run…….you run……”
I used to be a werewolf… How do you say werewolf in Spanish? (hombre lobo)
But I’m much better noooooooooooow !
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Do you have any bad jokes? question for us or an idea for a future episode?
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We want thank Arminda from Madrid for continuing to transcribe transcriptions for you. There are now full transcriptions for episodes 131, 134, 135, 136, 138 and 139
On next week’s episode: The difference between fake, forge, falsify and counterfeit
The music in this podcast is by Pitx. The track is called ‘See You Later’