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How to use the joke books

Of course it is entirely up to you how you use the book but we suggest that you treat it like a swimming pool: dip into it occasionally and you’ll find it an enjoyable experience; stay in too long and it’s not so fun.  The book is sequenced so that vocabulary learnt at one stage is used later in the book. Try to spend a few moments to learn the new vocabulary before moving on – it might help you with later jokes.

If you are fortunate enough to have people around you who know the language you are learning, try out the jokes on them. Did you get a response? Did they understand you? They will hopefully appreciate jokes a lot more than: My name is X. I am XX years old. Here is a table and there is a chair.

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Why headmasters?

If you have already read some of the jokes, you may have noticed that there are no jokes about Irish people or Polish people and definitely no racist jokes. Some jokes use a headmaster as the stupid man, not that they are inherently stupid, but because they have a role in combatting racism and perhaps by using them as the fall guy, they may think a little more about how they could tackle racism in their school. A long shot, but one, in our opinion, worth taking.

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We want students to learn AND have fun.

Some people think that the best way to learn a language is to get a big pile of grammar books and plough your way through them until you have it all under your belt before you can start speaking. We disagree. Telling jokes is a great way to start communicating in a foreign language. You are rewarded with laughter (or groans) each time you successfully tell a joke.