AEE 357: 3 Things You Can Learn About Connection from a Stand-up Comedian

English learning comedian

Michelle used to be a stand-up comic!

She performed at improv events and open mic nights around New York City.

There is so much to learn from comedians about how to communicate well in English

Here is what you can learn from a stand-up comedian about how to be a better English learner:

  • Be flexible: Never memorize things.  Keep your language alive. Don’t make it static and dead. Language is dynamic. It is ok to memorize small chunks but you need to be able to plug them into spontaneous and flexible conversations. If you notice that something is not working then you need to be able to change quickly.

 

  • Be playful: Be light on your feet. When someone doesn’t understand you, don’t take it too seriously. Use more of an experimental attitude toward language. If comedians tell a joke that “bombs” then they keep going. You can do the same with your English. If you make a mistake, keep going and “roll with the punches.”

 

  • Be self-deprecating: Make fun of yourself or “poke” fun at yourself. Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t take life too seriously. If something makes you look bad then you are ok with it. Remember, Connection NOT Perfection!

 

What do you think?

Can you apply some of these ideas to your English learning skills?