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Learn English from jokes!

Jokes are a great way to learn English. As you’re reading or listening to one, you’re be focused on what happens. But as you’re doing that, you’re learning lots of useful English naturally and without realising it – because it´s fun!. Plus, you’re improving your listening skills.

Anyway, to help you learn English from jokes, we’ve got a funny one for you here. A lot of the best jokes have surprising or unusual “punchline” – the last (funny) part. And this one is no exception.

First, listen to the joke to answer the questions. Also, notice how the words are pronounced. Then, use our notes to practise saying it to yourself, and then later to other people. This is great for improving your speaking fluency.



Wake up

When you “wake up”, you stop sleeping.

Get up

When you “get up”, you get out of your bed and stand up.

Get dressed

If you “get dressed”, you put clothes on.

A headmaster / headmistress

The person in charge of a school – the school boss.


Listen to the joke and answer these questions.

  1. Why doesn’t Michael’s son want to go to school?
  2. Why does he have to go to school?

Joke: Master Shock

It’s early one morning, and Michael goes to wake up his son for school. “Come

  1. It’s time to get up!”

“I don’t want to go to school.”

“Just give me two reasons why you don’t want to go,”

Michael says. “Well, all the kids hate me for a start, and the teachers don’t like me, either!”

“Oh, come on! That’s no reason not to go to school. Get up and get dressed and I’ll make you a nice breakfast.”

“OK. You give me two reasons why I should go to school.”

“Well,” Michael explains, “for a start, you’re 52 years old. And secondly, you’re the



Now, use the words below to tell the story.

Michael / wake up son for school / time to get up / not want to go / give two reasons why you don’t want to go / kids hate me / teachers don’t like me / make you a nice breakfast / give two reasons why I should go to school / 52 years old / headmaster


  1. He doesn’t want to go to school because he says the kids and teachers don’t like him.
  2. He has to go to school because he’s the headmaster.

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