Fun or Funny?

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Brian McCarthy英語
2018年7月5日
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When do we use the words "fun" or "funny" when speaking English?


In teaching English language to students in many countries around the world I have found a series of mistakes that are made no matter where you are from.

One of those mistakes is when to use the word "fun" and "funny" when describing something.

Basically these are the general rules:

  • Fun = when you enjoy yourself and have a good time
  • Funny = it makes you laugh

In just about every class I do I always ask as an icebreaker: what did you do last weekend? My students are use to this and even though this may seem boring and routine, it does get the students thinking about what they did on the weekend and also the vocabulary they will need to tell me.

Almost every time my newer students will use the word "funny" to say they had a good time doing something on the weekend.

  • I went to the cinema it was fun - meaning i enjoyed it!
  • I went to the cinema, it was funny - meaning the movie I saw was funny and it made me laugh!

The examples above are both correct when seeing a movie or going to the cinema. But I often hear: we went to dinner and it was very funny. It's true dinner can be funny if you laughed but when the students are asked: do you mean it was funny and you laughed or do you mean mean it was fun and you enjoyed yourself? They always self correct and say... I mean it was fun.

So the question to ask yourself is this: did I enjoy myself - meaning I had "fun" or what we did made me laugh - meaning it was "funny"!

If you would like me to send you a copy of my Fun and Funny worksheet just send me a message.

Have a great day... Coach Brian
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Hi I’m Coach Brian, I am an experienced English language teacher and English conversational coach with more than 7 years experience, with the last 4 years of teaching online. I love working with all students no matter what your level is, from beginner to advanced. My pricing includes: * all lesson materials and pre-lesson work * pre-lesson material is sent to you 2 days before class * in class we review the lesson together and make any corrections * every lesson includes a feedback sheet that is sent to you. As you can see my lesson price include a lot of extra support and materials. If you have your own lesson material, I can give you a discount coupon! Contact me and I will send you a sample of my lessons! My services include: * Business communications (meetings, presentations, emails), * Preparations for English language testing (IELTS), * Everyday English language (small talk, conversations, questioning), * Your specific English language needs (your current lessons) Contact me and let’s have a chat. Contact me and I will send you a sample of my lessons!
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Hi I’m Coach Brian, I am an experienced English language teacher and English conversational coach with more than 7 years experience, with the last 4 years of teaching online. I love working with all students no matter what your level is, from beginner to advanced. My pricing includes: * all lesson materials and pre-lesson work * pre-lesson material is sent to you 2 days before class * in class we review the lesson together and make any corrections * every lesson includes a feedback sheet that is sent to you. As you can see my lesson price include a lot of extra support and materials. If you have your own lesson material, I can give you a discount coupon! Contact me and I will send you a sample of my lessons! My services include: * Business communications (meetings, presentations, emails), * Preparations for English language testing (IELTS), * Everyday English language (small talk, conversations, questioning), * Your specific English language needs (your current lessons) Contact me and let’s have a chat. Contact me and I will send you a sample of my lessons!

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