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Need a coupla tips by ev on 7 January 2010 1:34pm
 
I teach English to adults in Germany and I'm looking for funny websites to use that would be fairly easy to understand.

Often jokes don't translate well, so I need stuff that's kind of obviously funny. Any ideas?

Examples:
http://www.engrish.com/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/signlanguage/
http://www.william-shakespeare.org.uk/a1-shakespearean-insults-generator.htm
 
Re: Need a coupla tips by perfectbitch on 7 January 2010 2:04pm
 
The British Council does some good bits but mainly for kids. German sense of humour is very different from English as they like to laugh at others misfortunes like falling over or accidently getting hit.
You could look for some humerous visual material which can cut across many cultural boundaries. Then this could generate points for discussion with the opportunity to introduce some new vocabulary.
I did a Celta course a couple of years ago and my teaching practises were to adults from many different cultures and I found visual humour was the only type to be understood and even then, some students were not amused!!

Good luck,

Linz
 
Re: Need a coupla tips by ev on 7 January 2010 3:12pm
 
Yeah, it's strange how different humour can be in different cultures!

For example, in Australia people tend to tease each other (really!) a lot, whereas in Germany it often gets taken very seriously if I do the same thing!

Actually I know one German stand-up comedian, so maybe I could ask him too!
 
Re: Need a coupla tips by ev on 7 January 2010 8:35pm
 
Wow there's actually a whole Wikipedia entry dedicated to German humour:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_humour
 
Re: Need a coupla tips by perfectbitch on 8 January 2010 10:18am
 
That's pretty interesting ev. I have a German speaking lodger so I'll ask her - she is an English teacher as it happens.

How about some games? Silly things like animal snap or pelmenism or dominoes can be good ice breakers for younger adults. Songs can be amusing - the Japanese students all knew "My Grandfather's Clock" and "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner".

Linz

 
Re: Need a coupla tips by Spursfan on 8 January 2010 10:33am
 
Off the point in some ways but I remember my husband, 2 kids (then aged 8 & 5) and I going to Tunisia 30 years ago (omigod!!!) and staying in a hotel which was 1/3 Brits, 1/3 French and 1/3 German.

One night we went to an evening do there, and they did bingo in the 3 languages!! It was quite funny - I noticed that the Brits were the only ones who had funny names for the numbers! So it would be something like: "Deux. Zwei. One little duck, number 2. Dix. Zehn. Maggie's Den, Number 10. Vingt-et-Un. Einundzwanzig. Key of the door, 21" !!! You get the picture!

:)

 
Re: Need a coupla tips by perfectbitch on 8 January 2010 10:35am
 
Actually, bingo could be fun too.

Linz
 
Re: Need a coupla tips by ev on 8 January 2010 10:42am
 
yeah fair enough.. kind of after online material though.. maybe I could hand-pick a variety of jokes (in English) that might also be funny for Germans :)

I guess a good place to start would be the Palin's Joke Book!
 
Re: Need a coupla tips by ev on 8 January 2010 11:35am
 
Hey here's a good site - Dumbwarnings.com:

http://www.dumbwarnings.com/
 
Re: Need a coupla tips by Ken Dunn on 9 January 2010 10:37am
 
palinstravels.co.uk is one of the funniest websites I know, even in some threads that wouldn't seem to be on an amusing topic.
 
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