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"Do you know the one about...?", "Have you heard the one about...?" and "Stop me if you've heard this one before:..." are three typical ways of starting to tell jokes in English.

Telling jokes[edit]

  • Are you any good at telling jokes, or are you the kind of person who always forget the punchline?
  • Do you know anyone who is especially good at telling jokes? What makes them good? Is it the way they tell them, or is it that they just know jokes that you think are funny?
  • Do you tell the same joke to as many people as possible or do you select jokes according to your "audience"?
  • What do you do if someone starts telling you a joke that you've already heard?
  • What do you do when someone tells you a joke that you don't think is funny?
  • Do you know any "blue" (risqué) jokes?
  • There are certain kinds of jokes, based on racism and sexism, for instance, that may be offensive to some people. What do you do when someone starts telling you a joke that you think might be offensive?
  • Are there any particular topics that are often used for jokes in your country?
  • Which of the following subjects are typical joke material in your country:
    • Mother-in-law jokes
    • Jokes about people from certain places/countries
    • Jokes about a kid asking the teacher questions
    • People entering a bar

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