What do you do whenever you have some waiting time ahead of you?
Like when waiting for the bus, for a client, at the doctor’s waiting room…
These moments are maybe not enough to start reading a book. A book that is going to last FOREVER…
But then, how can you still improve your English reading skill?
Let’s look for a king of VERY short English materials in order to improve your reading skills…
Why Jokes are the funniest way to learn English?
Jokes, apart from being funny, have some special features that make them a very useful material to learn English because:
- Jokes are micro stories that don’t require a lot of time to be read.
- You learn a lot about the culture of a language or country through their jokes.
- Jokes are easy sentences that help you to understand the English grammar (Sentence structures, Tenses…).
- You are going to learn new vocabulary.
- You can look for jokes on a specific topic in order to learn vocabulary of a specific field (Medicine, Marketing…).
- You are going to learn informal English and slang that it’s difficult to find in other kind of English materials.
I’m pretty sure that you agree that jokes are a very useful tool to improve your English
Improve Your Reading Skill Through Jokes
Look for books, comics, magazines, websites or any other material about jokes and enjoy them while improving your English reading skill.
As said before jokes are a perfect reading material when you are short of time.
Take advantage of the fact that jokes are usually short and easy sentences to analyse and understand English grammar.
Look for sentences structures, the use of tenses, new vocabulary, slang…
Improve Your Listening Skill Through Jokes
Apart from having a good time you are going to improve your listening skill.
Be aware that when listening to English jokes it’s not easy to catch everything because of the use of slang, informal English or cultural things that you are not used to.
Always listen twice to a joke that you don’t understand the first time.
Take advantage of the fact that jokes are small dialogues or even sometimes a single sentence!
It can be easier to listen to jokes than long audio books or podcasts.
Improve Your Writing Skill Through Jokes
After listening to a joke, try to write down it as if you were doing a dictation.
When writing down a joke, you are going to deal with word spelling, sentence structures, tenses and a lot of other grammatical issues.
When writing down a joke you can figure out words that you didn’t catch while listening.
Improve Your Speaking Skill Through Jokes
The last stage is telling jokes in order to improve your English speaking skill.
If you are a good actor, you can try to tell English jokes in public. Your friends are going to have a good time while you improve your English speaking skill.
If you are not good at telling jokes and even worst in English, you can still improve your English speaking skill. Just read aloud jokes when you are alone.
Try to imitate how other people tell jokes. Be aware of pronunciation, accent, intonation…
I really recommend working your 4 English basic skills through jokes. But never forget to enjoy them first!!!
– Do you use jokes as a material to improve your English?
– Do you know a good joke that you want to share with us?
All your comments are very welcome!!!
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