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Humour is an important aspect of any language, and this is especially true for English. As a student of English, understanding and using humour can greatly enhance your communication skills and make you more confident in using the language. Humour can also serve as a way to break the ice and create a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere when learning or speaking with native speakers. In addition, understanding British humour is also essential for students of English, as it is deeply ingrained in British culture and can be found in literature, media, and everyday conversations. Being able to understand and appreciate British humour can also help in building cultural understanding and making social connections with native speakers. Understanding British humour can also help you to understand the culture and the people more and be able to interact more easily with them.

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You're in Trouble

I haven't always been an English teacher. Indeed, I have done quite a few jobs, including two stints as a police officer. When I look back on my days as a police officer, I can recall many incidents that I'd like to share with you as anecdotes to help you develop your reading, listening comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Today's anecdote is about an incident I dealt with while working on my beat in the small village of Saint Martins, in Shropshire, England. I was, at the time, the village policeman, and spent my days driving around my beat in my trusty old Land Rover. It was a very sleepy village, and exciting incidents were few and far between. I should warn you that the incident I'm about to relate to you is not particularly exciting. Nevertheless, it's certainly one incident in my policing career that I shall never forget.        

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Visited 1 day, 10 hrs, 35 mins, 42 secs ago

Categories: Listenings | Humour | Vocabulary


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Wear the Fox Hat

A lack of understanding of the English that sounds rude can get you into difficulties, as Tatiana and her new husband discovered when she misheard his advice and went off for a day trip to Worcester in the wrong attire. This lesson will help you get to grips with the F word and help you to avoid similar misunderstandings. English humour is a great way to improve your English skills and this lesson will certainly make you chuckle when you get the joke. As with all the Sounds Rude lessons, it is suitable for 18+ students only as it contains language that sounds rude.

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Visited 11 hrs, 21 mins, 40 secs ago

Categories: Sounds Rude | Listenings | Humour | Speaking


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Vocabulary Activation Pack - Smells

A dog without a nose would not be able to smell smells, but it could still be a very smelly dog. Smell is both a verb and a noun, while smelly is an adjective. In this Vocabulary Activation Pack, I will be looking at the various words we have to describe different types of smells, be they good, bad, or somewhere in between. Words we will examine include aroma, bouquet, fetor, fragrance, odour, perfume, pong, reek, scent, smell, stench, stink, and whiff. 

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Categories: Vocabulary | Humour


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Tin Tin Tin

A quick look at how not all English from Britain sounds the same and how it can be quite confusing for students. There are 100s of regional accents and many distinct dialects in Britain. Many English people have difficulty understanding some of the more unusual varieties of English found in the British Isles, so it's no surprise that students of English are completely confounded when they first encounter such English. This lesson will introduce you to the wonderful world of the English heard in Yorkshire, a region of North East England, and a part of the country in which I spent some of my formative years.

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Visited 2 days, 5 hrs, 48 mins ago

Categories: Pronunciation | Listenings | Humour | English in Use | Speaking


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The English of Debt

Archie Grump will help you to learn some of the vocabulary we use for talking about debt. You will not only learn about debt now and in the past, but also vocabulary items such as, afford, bank manager, bitter, borrow, buy, checks, cost, debt, do without, essential, every Tom, Dick and Harry, gallon, interest, left over, lend, luxury, money, on the never-never, on tick, pay back, pay off, penny, ploughman's lunch, pub, save up, scrimp and save, shilling, thrill, and willy-nilly. Based on the rantings of the elderly Archie Grump, you can watch a video, read and listen to the script, and then answer questions about the vocabulary in the script.

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Visited 1 day, 12 hrs, 19 mins, 23 secs ago

Categories: Vocabulary | Humour


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