English Language Humor Training (Word Play) for Non-Native English Speakers

In the March 30 article devoted to the 4th Humor Habit, Learning to Create Your Own Verbal Humor, I noted in passing that non-native speakers of English generally have an especially difficult time learning to understand jokes in English.  I saw this problem first hand while living in Paris (for three years) and when providing […]

The Fourth Humor Habit (Part II): Create Your Own Spontaneous Verbal Humor

[Note: If you’re new to this series of article on improving your sense of humor, also read the previous articles under “Senior Humor Training” before following these guidelines for improving your sense of humor.] Last week’s article offered guidelines for becoming a better joke teller.  This is an important skill to learn, but I am […]

The Fourth Humor Habit: Create Your Own Verbal Humor—Telling Jokes

[Note: If you’re new to this series of articles on improving your sense of humor, you may want to read the previous articles under “Senior Humor Training” before following these guidelines for improving your verbal sense of humor.] A four-year-old girl got very sick after swallowing a nickel, two dimes and three pennies.  The doctors […]

Build Your Child’s Verbal Humor Skills Using Riddles

[Adapted from P. McGhee, Stumble Bees and Pelephones: How to Develop a Powerful Verbal Sense of Humor (children’s edition).  See “Books by Paul McGhee” to order.] An earlier article at this website noted that children become intellectually capable of understanding the double meanings that form the basis for most riddles at six or seven years […]