Czech Culture & Adaptation

Czech humor – SOS

September 23, 2011
scrabble letters spelling SOS

Being funny in another culture and language

I tip my hat to those who can joke in another language. It’s a talent. I’m not sure I’ve been able to cultivate such feats, though I’ve tried. In general, I think if a person is genetically predisposed to be funny, his sense of humor pervades, even when speaking in a second or third language. My husband is one of these “funny” people. He’s as quick to dish out quips in English as he is in Czech, and in social settings in either country his dry humor makes for amusing conversation. Although, when dealing with less-witty people, like myself, the joke’s often on him since I’m so slow to catch on.

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