Laughing and Learning Languages

Greetings… a very silly video I found reminded me today what it is that especially makes language learning fun for me lately: LAUGHTER.
I’m not even talking about understanding your target language enough to get the jokes (yet) but the ability to laugh with others and at ourselves as we take those chances and speak even when we may not be speaking so well.

I’ve been studying Irish/Gaeilge now for almost 3 years, and while I would likely fail a B1 test at this point because I still royally screw up the grammar and sentence structure, our local teacher has infused an attitude of humor / humour in group classes, including his encouraging “tá sé agat, tá sé agat!” cajoling when any of us get stuck for a word or how to phrase something.

We are constantly laughing in class, and even on days that I feel blue and don’t want to go to class, I know all I have to do is show up and I’ll be laughing in no time. I honestly don’t ever remember having so much fun learning a language before. He actually dedicates 3/4 of each of our classes to conversation and each of us always brings some little news bit or story from the past week in our lives, and even the not so funny becomes funny. It’s made me feel so much more comfortable opening my mouth.

Oh, and for the funny video that prompted me to write this post, this was one I found and shared with my class -

a T Rex dinosaur giving the weather report in Irish…

I would love to hear from those of you who have experienced an infused presence of laughter and humor in your language learning circles.


I have found that humor has helped me learn Romanian. When I was searching for simple(children’s) content on YouTube, I happened across the series Robotzi by The Creative Monkeyz. It turns out it’s definitely not children’s programming. But each time I watch a few episodes I understand more of the jokes and it is funnier each time I watch.
This is one of my most favorite episodes:

Also in my Grupo de Conversación en español we share really “bad” puns. Sometimes visual others just chistes. It always makes everyone a little happier. Here’s an example: ¿Cuál es el último pez del mar?
This joke led to a discussion about the fact that a dolphin is not actually a fish.

I really enjoy a good laugh, and even better when it’s related to one of my non-native languages.


That was fun to listen to… I’d never heard Romanian spoken before. Interesting mix just from listening of sounds that are more Romance language like and a few Slavic sounds. Am I hearing that right?

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Those were both hysterical, Ron! The last one reminds me a bit of this skit -

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And while we are sharing funny language videos, I just adore Crazy Russian Dad’s YouTube channel, but especially this video explaining about “Cheburashka” - the birthday song with Krocodil G’ena is a big tradition in our family.


You’re absolutely right, because of where România is situated the language absorbed many other influences besides just Latin.