Topic: Humor

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: humor. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

sense of humor (phrase) the personality to say or appreciate funny things
She has a sense of humor because she can laugh at herself.
laugh (v) to show that you are happy or that you think something is funny
He likes to laugh when I make funny faces.
laughter is the best medicine (phrase) said to mean being happy and laughing is a good way to not worry and be healthy
joke (n) something said or done to cause laughter
The comedian told a joke that made me laugh a lot.
comedy (n) a book, movie, TV program, etc., that is meant to make people laugh
My favorite type of movie is a comedy.
were you born in a barn (phrase) a funny way to tell someone to shut the door after they go into a room or building
You didn’t shut the door after you came into the house. Were you born in a barn?
funny (adj) causing laughter, odd or strange
He’s funny because he tells jokes all the time.
cartoon (n) a funny drawing in a newspaper or magazine
I always read the cartoons in the Sunday newspaper.
comedian (n) a person who performs in front of people to make them laugh; tells jokes or acts in a funny way
The comedian had the entire audience laughing.
practical joke (n) a joke involving something that is done to a person; not told: a trick played on someone
His way of playing a practical joke on me was to lock the door on me.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you like to tell jokes? Why or why not?
  2. Do you like comedy movies? Why or why not?
  3. Why do people say laughter is the best medicine?
  4. What makes you laugh?
  5. Do you like cartoons? Why or why not
  6. Are there any famous comedians from your country?
  7. Have you ever played a practical joke on someone? If so, tell me about it.
  8. Do you have any funny friends who make you laugh? If so, tell me about one.
  9. Can jokes hurt people? Why or why not?
  10. Tell me about something funny that happened to you.

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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