Jokes as a Bonus Skill?
Bonus skills can be bought from the Lingot store and you can have up to 3 active at a time. However, I only see 2 available skills (currently) from the German store so far: flirting and idioms. There is also a Christmas-themed skill available only during the holiday. It would be nice to see jokes there someday.
I definitely agree, as long as they are good jokes. It would be so cool to go to Germany (or any other place) and speak jokes to the natives in their language.
Nah, they need to be really bad cracker-type jokes otherwise you risk people just not finding them funny rather than that groan of reticent laughter that everyone bonds over.
"Twee koeien zitten in een veld. Een zegt: "Maak je zich zorgen over Gekke Koeien Ziekte?" En de andere antwoorden: "Nee, want ik ben een kip!" " <--- That sort of thing. :p
It'd be useful for watching foreign TV and films. : ) Or anything similar to the Dirty <insert language> : Everyday Slang series. It tends to be hilarious stuff.
I know this is meant to be humorous. But understanding colloquialisms such as scatological terminology could benefit someone if they intended to understand people beyond those in academia and even they likely spout unsavory statements on occasion.
There's a fantastic song by Jeroen van Meerwijk which is great for examples of creative uses of Dutch profanities. :D
Yes Jokes! For all languages! :D I was also thinking, how 'bout songs as a bonus skill? :D
Ah, I made my account 9 months ago but never saw or knew about the Christmas skill. Thank you for your input on this.
Neither did I. I just know from other people, and I've seen the 'circle' of it. Santa Claus. :)
It'd be nice if they had a Bonus for Holidays specific to the regions that speak the language. Like a Day of the Dead bonus skill for Spanish.
Definitely! I strongly agree! That would be so cool! I'd be willing to pay a lot of lingots for a bonus skill like that! (partly because I have so many anyway...)
Not only would it be fun, but we would also learn something about their culture.
there's only 2 skills available for all language, while there are 3 active skills slots, so I agree I'd like so see great jokes skills for all languages
The third slot is a Christmas/holiday skill slot that can only be purchased around that time.
Common slang (esp. internet/texting language) would be helpful as a bonus
Jokes would be fun. I assume they might be fairly bad jokes - of the Christmas cracker or popsicle stick variety - but they would still be appreciated.
oh...internet slang would be nice to be able to use! :P on the gross jokes though.
By "bad jokes" I mean silly jokes (i.e. not the world's best jokes).
In practice I'm not sure how well puns and such carry over into other languages.
Great idea! The excellent French-produced Assimil language learning series had a lot of clean jokes and humorous material well-integrated into the lessons. It definitely helped to keep up the motivation to complete the thorough but lengthy course! A typical example: Frage: Wer hat Sie hier erlaubt zu fischen?! Antwort: Dumme Frage--meine Frau, natürlich!
One correction: "Wer hat Ihnen erlaubt, hier zu fischen?" And one addition: usually you would say "angeln" when you are using a fishing rod (german: die Angel). You usually use fishing for fishing with nets.
"Wer hat Ihnen erlaubt, hier zu fischen?" ist genau der originale Satz aus Assimil. Danke für die Berichtigung! Und auch für Ihre Erklärung, als Erläuterung, von wie und wann man das Wort "angeln" benutzen soll. Es freut mich immer, etwas neu und interessant über der deutschen Sprache zu entdecken! Aber vielleicht in Frankreich, jagte man damals immer Fische mit Netze! :^)
If you can find an old copy of the Assimil "Deutsch ohne Mühe" course, I highly recommend it! It contains a lot of that kind of Gallic humor. :^)
@Dogely: I can't replay you directly, but you don't say "du bist willkommen" in those situations. You say "gerne geschehen" (as a short form for "Das habe ich gerne gemacht") or "keine Ursache".
@mohrchen: I cannot respond here to you directly, but one does not say "I can't replay you directly"; one says, "I can't reply to you directly". Thanks again for your earlier correction; I thought you might appreciate one in return! :^)
How about this joke?: "Wenn ist das Nunstück geht und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das oder die Flipperwaldt gesput!".
It's the "german" version of the killer joke in that Monty Python sketch I just shared with you. It doesn't mean anything (outside the sketch, that is).
There should definitely be jokes in all the languages. Nothing impresses an audience more than a language learner who can recite a quick small joke. And it's a great cultural 'in' as well, because humour can vary (and yet be the same) throughout different cultures. Puns in particular are difficult to learn, but can be very rewarding. I would LOVE to see joke units.
I agree. And maybe they could also add something along the lines of vocabulary. Something to make us sound really smart.
That would be great! Honestly the bonus skills offered rn aren't even that interesting, more variety would be welcome
I agree. Although flirting and idioms are useful,the best way to be social is to know a joke or two.
I support jokes or more slang like languages skills too. And if the staff read this they are more likely to ask coursemakers?
I definitely agree that there should be more bonus skills available for all the languages. Jokes. Local Holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Nation's Independence Day if they have one, etc). Slang. Pop culture. Music. Cooking. All sorts of stuff I wouldn't mind learning how to say.