Laughter in More Languages

Boost you鸿运彩票下载网址r comedic confidence with the newly translated Engaging Humor path.

By Shannon Dewey


—the 11th path in the Pathways learning experience—is now available in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese. The path’s projects, which include titles such as “Know Your Sense of Humor” and “The Power of Humor in an Impromptu Speech,” offer strategies on writing humorous speeches, using effective timing and pacing, crafting strong openings, and even how to cope when you鸿运彩票下载网址r jokes are not well received.

Presenting a humor-filled speech in another language is just one piece of the puzzle; knowing the context behind the humor is equally important, according to cross-cultural business expert Dean Foster. He stresses the crucial role culture plays in determining what’s funny—and what is not. While laughter may be a universal language, humor doesn’t always translate. No matter what language you鸿运彩票下载网址 speak, Foster suggests that you鸿运彩票下载网址 ensure you鸿运彩票下载网址r jokes and physical humor are appropriate for audiences of all cultures.

“As presenters, we can learn to be effective in selling a joke or funny story. But no amount of skill will ensure the success of a joke or humorous anecdote if the content and style are culturally inappropriate,” says Foster.

Comedy writer Nick Jack Pappas recommends testing you鸿运彩票下载网址r humorous speeches on a variety of people first.

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Now is the perfect time to brush up on you鸿运彩票下载网址r comedic skills in you鸿运彩票下载网址r native tongue or in a new language. With the Engaging Humor path offered in eight additional languages, there is an opportunity for personal and professional growth; plus, it’s a great excuse to develop you鸿运彩票下载网址r confidence and better connect with you鸿运彩票下载网址r audience. To get started on this path online, visit the Pathways webpage on the Toastmasters International website.




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