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Smalltalk auf Englisch - Soll das ein Witz sein?

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk auf Englisch, Smalltalk Englisch, Witze auf Englisch, Englisch Witze erzählen, Witz Englisch, Scherz Englisch, Englisch scherzen

For those who speak English as a second language, sarcasm, understatement and irony can be especially difficult to use successfully.

Telling stories and joke, is a safer way to inject humour into the business relation¬ship. As long as the humorous element of your joke does not rely on culture-specific situations, and instead concentrates on a situation that is common to the human condition, you only need to know how to start and how to keep your listener en¬gaged. Here\'s a story about telling jokes that illustrates this:

Ten inmates in a maximum security prison north of London had a challenge: they were getting bored. Not with prison life; there was always something to do: making street signs; picking up litter on the side of the road; lifting weights. They were getting bored with their jokes. Over the years, each prisoner had exhausted all the jokes he knew, telling them over and over and over. There was simply no new input. After a while, the jokes became so familiar that the prisoners started giving them numbers. To save themselves the time of telling a specific story or joke, they simply said the numbers.
One afternoon after lunch, the inmates were sitting around at a table in the sunny prison courtyard. There was no dialogue, and - in reality - nothing left to say. One inmate, desperate for light-hearted entertainment, said \"I have a joke\". His fellow inmates, equally as desperate for some sort of new entertainment, excitedly exclaimed \"Let\'s hear it!\"

\"32\".

Silence. No laughter.

\"OK, then, I\'ll try another one: 9\".

Still silence. Still no laughter.

\"I\'ve always liked that number 9 joke\", said one of the other inmates. \"It\'s a really funny one. But like they say, it\'s all in the way you tell them\".


Announcing a joke

Clearly, simply telling a joke is no way to start. Here are a few ways to make it quite clear that the intent of what you say next is a joke, to set the expectation that humour will follow and create a bit of suspense:

Have you heard the one about... ?

Do you know the one about... ?

Now here\'s a funny thing I heard recently...

I\'d like to frame our discussion by telling an interesting joke I recently heard.

The best way to illustrate this is with a joke one of my Canadian colleagues told me during my last visit to Toronto.



Adding insult to injury

The problem with jokes is that they are often a matter of taste and tact. Don\'t let yourself be tempted into thinking that because a violation of these principles is embedded in a joke, that the violation will not reflect on you. It will. Most especially, avoid telling jokes and stories involving the following subjects:

  • Women in situations not equal to
    those men would hold


  • People being from a specific country,
    race or religion

Tell a story instead

As you may have noticed from our lead-in, a much more effective and professional way to introduce humour in business is by telling a story. The reason for this is that a story keeps the listener engaged and interested, and simultaneously contributes to relationship building. Jokes usually fail on all of these points. History\'s greatest political and religious leaders have all relied on stories to capture the imaginations of their listeners.

The best stories to tell are those that cre¬ate an artificial environment that removes the listener from the current context. After the punch line has been delivered, you map the environment or actions from the story to the current situation. Effec¬tive stories have these additional benefits:

  • They are usually easier to adapt to
    your context


  • They arouse attention and curiosity


  • They make complex things quickly
    understandable


  • They make you and your ideas more
    memorable

Useful phrases

Interrupting someone to tell a joke or story


That reminds me of a story I heard about...

I\'d like to begin my presentation/talk by relating a story about an incident that recently occurred in...


Saying that you didn\'t understand the humour

As a non-native speaker, no one will be upset if you need to pursue the point.

I\'m afraid I don\'t get it.

I must have missed something.
I\'m afraid I missed the point.


Silencing the storyteller

These are ways to silence the storyteller. If you hear them in response to a joke or story you\'ve told, bear in mind that these phrases have the meaning \"please stop now, you\'ve said enough\".

We\'ve heard this/that one before.

What\'s so funny about that?

That\'s really old.

Very funny.

I\'m afraid I don\'t see the humour. (Note that this phrase is usually NOT used to indicate that one does not understand the joke!)

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk auf Englisch, Smalltalk Englisch, Witze auf Englisch, Englisch Witze erzählen, Witz Englisch, Scherz Englisch, Englisch scherzen

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