Adults: 6 Minute English - Telling Jokes

  • 2015.11.17 Tuesday
  • 15:15
Some people are funny whatever they do. Others... well, when they try to make us laugh all they do is embarrass themselves. Alice and Neil discuss humour and teach you related vocabulary. Neil is a bit of a comedian but will he manage to make Alice laugh?

You can listen to the audio here.



get something (idiomatic)

joke or funny story

stand-up comedy
a type of comedy where a comedian performs in front of and talks directly to their audience

being too interested in yourself – for example your appearance or other personal qualities

wanting to be successful in your chosen career

unusual or special

to keep on trying to achieve something even when it’s difficult

work harder than everybody else

people who are generally quiet and more interested in their own thoughts and feelings than in spending time with other people

people who are generally lively, outgoing, and enjoy the company of others

This week's question

Which Greek word means the study of laughter and its effects on the body? Is it…

a) risology?

b) gelotology?

c) comology?

You can check your answers by reading the transcript here.
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