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Fluency In Humor
AN ESL GUIDE TO THE ART OF BANTER

What You Will Learn:

✔ FLUENCY IN HUMOR; THE ART OF BANTER IN ENGLISH, AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

✔ THE GENERAL RULES
banter defined; body language; flirting; let mystery work in your favor; be willing to make fun of yourself; nothing is too trivial

✔ LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
laughter is the best medicine; types of laughing; ways to say funny; how to say just kidding; set up & punchline; too long, far, or soon; delivery; good vs bad delivery; crickets; the gutter; over my head; reasons people don't laugh

✔ SARCASM
success in humor; opposites attract; tongue in cheek; how to say the opposite; when sarcasm is not appropriate; sarcasm vs passive agressive

✔ WORD PLAY
word play; puns to ponder; word association exercise

✔ HOW TO CREATE BANTER
creating banter; possible observations; speculate on a purpose; the least obvious; the most obvious; fake a misunderstanding; act like you misheard something; rule of 3; call back; create an alternate ending; it's funny because it's true; a number's opposite

✔ HOW TO BE MORE OR LESS SPECIFIC
be less specific; be more specific; find easy ways to describe people; switch characters

✔ COMMON MISTAKES
avoid common pitfalls; beating a joke to death; don't laugh first; quality over quantity; don't be judgemental; don't double down; when to cut the shenanigans

✔ IDIOM TWISTS
idioms twists; idiom twists; more useful idioms

✔ STYLES OF HUMOR
improv; sketch comedy; black comedy; stand up; slapstick, physical humor, screwball; quirky; prankster

✔ TYPES OF JOKES
inside jokes; nerd jokes; one-liner; double entendre; dirty jokes; fart jokes, bathroom; toilet humor; knock knock; practical jokes, pranks

✔ MOVIE QUOTES
useful movie quotes

✔ VOCABUARLY
all humor vocabulary

Including lots of fun quizzes.

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