Season 1, Episode 5 - British Humour

Oct 21 / Charlie Baxter

By Charlie Baxter

Season 1
In this episode your host Charlie takes you on a cultural experience to help you better understand why British people are the way they are. Join Charlie has he explores and explains British Humour for non-natives.

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Hello and welcome back to another episode of the British English podcast, a show that helps English learners around the world discover British culture along with useful language. The natives are actually using day to day with me, your host, Charlie Baxter. In this episode, I'm back in the sound booth to have an intimate conversation with you via Irene, a.k.a. my microphone. I've called my microphone Irene, and today we are going for an overview of British humour. Hmm. OK, in future episodes, we'll get into the smaller details of humour as there is an amazing amount of content to cover around this topic for us Brits. I could perhaps compare such a task to asking an Italian podcast to cover all Italian foods in one episode, asking the near impossible, almost impossible, the near impossible.

In fact, I'd like to think that as Brits are known to have a rather weak cuisine in relative terms to the Italians, Indians and or Thai cultures, what we fail to deliver on in the cuisine front, we attempt to make up for with our humour. So yes, we have a lot to talk about. But an even bigger reason that I want to include the topic of humour in season one of the British English podcast is because of its synchronicity with our usage of language. I've had many moments in class with a student where they ask why on earth I'm choosing to correct their sentence in such a way. A very quick and oversimplified example might be if they were to say, Charlie, I'm really good at dancing, which a Brit would actually never say. But if need be a native might say, I'm not bad at having a little dance.

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