If you want to learn how to speak English, you need to immerse yourself in the language. Dance with the words, twirl in the verbs and string the sentences together in such a way that you’ve tripped, fallen and landed face first in an English Language school, with a sense of humour.

So what is this sense we speak of?

This is the real sixth sense; it is the power to make things ridiculous and enjoyable. Humour is the art of making people laugh. It’s the difference between a comedy and a horror, and can be applied to life in the same way. Humour is created using literary devices, it allows you to make yourself more attractive in conversation because you are able to connect with people by making them laugh and enjoy themselves. This also makes it easier for you to make friends and have more practice speaking English.

Devices? What Devices?

Well, you can’t charge them with an adapter and they are definitely not made by Apple.

You could however document the life of your cat using them and it would have the same effect in a crowd of feline lovers. However, fun and games aside; devices are language tools that you can use for a specific literary purpose, like making people laugh. When you are learning to speak English in Cape Town or Oxford, you will learn how to use these devices and practice your sense of humour. And the good news is that, either way, you will become an expert at making people laugh.

Let us break some devices down and give you an example of how they work.

Exaggeration

Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

E.g. “I am literally dying of laughter”, but you are still very much alive

Sarcasm

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit because it mocks the situation:

Incongruity

This sense of humour is the idea is that we laugh at things because they seem out of place.

For example, take the following joke:

Two fish in a tank.

One turns to the other and says: “Do you know how to drive this?”

If you are able to develop a sense of humour in the English Language, you will gain a better understanding of the words and the context in which to use them. Practicing your sense of humour at Oxford English Academy will enable you to come from a point of strength in a conversation. You may learn to speak English, but when you are able to make people laugh using English you will be fluent in fun and the rest will come easily.

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