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The role of humor in English language learning

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H ey, it’s me, Professor Juan Pablo, a Certified English teacher, and today we’re going to talk about how humor can be an amazing tool for learning English. Learning a new language can be tough, but incorporating humor can make the experience a lot more enjoyable and effective. Humor can help create positive emotions and promote a relaxed learning environment, which is essential for language learners to feel comfortable and confident in using the language.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people, and the fastest way to learn a new language.

So, how can you incorporate humor into your English language learning journey? Here are some great resources that can help:

TV Shows

There are many popular TV shows that are not only hilarious but also provide great opportunities to learn new vocabulary and idioms. Shows like “Friends,” “The Office,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” are perfect for English language learners. You can find these shows on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.


YouTube Channels

YouTube is a fantastic resource for English language learners, and there are many channels that use humor to teach English. Channels like Learn English with TV Series, English with Lucy, and Mr. Duncan’s English Lessons offer a wide range of content, from grammar lessons to vocabulary explanations, all presented in a fun and engaging way.


If you prefer listening to content, there are several English language learning podcasts that incorporate humor into their episodes. “All Ears English,” “English as a Second Language Podcast,” and “The English We Speak” are all great options for learners who want to improve their listening skills while also having a good laugh.

Online Games

There are many online games that can help learners practice their English language skills while having fun. Websites like Quizlet and Duolingo offer interactive games and quizzes that focus on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.

Memes and Jokes

Social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram are full of English language learning memes and jokes. Following accounts like @englishtips4u and @learnenglishfunny can provide learners with a daily dose of English language humor.

Aside from these resources, there are also many English language learning textbooks and workbooks that incorporate humor into their lessons. “English Grammar in Use” by Raymond Murphy and “English Idioms in Use” by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell are both popular options for learners who want to improve their language skills while having a good laugh.

Incorporating humor into your English language learning can have a significant impact on your motivation, engagement, and retention of new information. As English teachers, we should strive to create a fun and enjoyable learning environment that promotes positive emotions and cultural understanding. By doing so, we can help our students to achieve their language learning goals and develop their English language skills with confidence and enthusiasm.

Remember, learning a new language can be a fun and exciting experience. So don’t be afraid to get creative and incorporate humor into your learning routine! Try using the resources we’ve listed here – TV shows, YouTube channels, podcasts, online games, and social media accounts – to make your English language learning journey more enjoyable and effective.



Docente de inglés certificado por 4 universidades internacionales. Administrador de empresas, filósofo y amante del mundo de los idiomas. Certificaciones: TESOL, Best practices in English language teaching (M.S.U.E.L.I), Teaching English Online (Cambridge & Oxford), con más de 10 años de experiencia en el área de e-learning.

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