J is for Jokes

Are you ready? Are you ready? I am about to tell you a joke!

This is a very common introduction to jokes in many countries. However, in Britain I find jokes have pretty sharp and sudden punch lines. I remember coming here for the first time and the jokes went straight over my head and I felt pretty dumb. A decade later, finally (well most) I get them. But today,  I’ll share with you my comedy monologue based on language, culture and pronunciation. Mongolians, including myself find some sounds hard to pronounce in English.

A Job Interview on Skype

ON PC TALKING TO A WEBCAM

Sod:    Hello? Hello? Hello? Hellooooo? (Checks her top and hair in the camera) Now, I shouldn’t mix my P and F. … P…P…P…F…F…F

Oh hi, hi, hi. Aye, my name is Sod.

…  That’s  “S…O… D”.  …  Well, it’s quite usual where I come from!!

(listens for a few seconds)

You can’t see me? Oh, bugger, the camera not working then.

Och, you want me to tell you about myself? Oh no! …. Well, I was born in … 1973 as the 10th child to my parents in Outer Mongolia where my mother mothered me and my father fathered me.

…Pardon?  … No, no I’m not taking the fish. (Imitates Little Britain phrase) I am the only Mongolian in the village, you know.

(listens for the next question)

… Why do I want this job? … Well, you know because I really like Scotland. The men are handsome and punny.  I also loooove pish and ships. (A toddler starts to appear in the background) (turns to the toddler) Go, watch TV, Sopie. GO! (Turns to the PC) Next question!

(listens)

… Aah you want to know why I’m ferpect for the job?……..well…….you know…. I’m good at juggling everything at the same time. Por example, (tries Scottish accent badly) just noo I’m breaspeeding my baby and talking to you. Some people can’t get this breastfeeding pavlova, you know… (lifts the baby and shows) Look there he is, my bundle of boy! …Oh that’s right. You can’t see us.

Also… I’m berry organised. I also know how to keep things in my piles. … In the oppice, you have to keep everything in chickenholes, right?

(listens) Pardon? …. Aye, I can work with people. Some people think I can’t make jokes. … I mean… What a pavlova!

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I love this video. Enjoy!

 


8 Responses

  1. Anne Mackle says:

    I can imagine jokes being very hard to understand in a different cultre from the one you were brought up in. also everyone had a different sense of humour,what’s funny to one person may not seem funny to another. Love the video.

  2. SharleneT says:

    Hello, Fellow Challenger, from #401-Rockin’Chair Reflections! It does take a while; doesn’t it! I remember when the Cubanos first came to Miami and teaching my friend simple phrases to get through the day. In a year, she was perfectly acclimated and it was hard to tell she wasn’t native to the USA. You’re doing great because you can actually write about your experiences. Kudos!

  3. guuye says:

    Thank you, Sharlene. I loved your blog. You made me laugh and I had to tweet your posts. Very good. 🙂

  4. guuye says:

    You are right Anne, people find different things funny. Glad you liked that video. I think it’s well done, straight to the point.

  5. Ruby Young says:

    Hi, well, you’re right, they are very difficult to recognize. My jokes are more southern and country. I reckon I would have a tough time in GB. 🙂
    Best regards to you. Ruby

  6. That video is hilarious! I also loved your joke. Being Scottish, I had a wee chuckle at your “noo” and “aye”. My favourite bit was the pish and ships HAA!

  7. zula says:

    he he loved the short video

  8. guuye says:

    Thank you guys for reading my blog posts. Christine, I love Scotland, my accent is Scottish now.

    Zula, glad you loved the video. I think it’s straight to the point. ⛵

    Ruby, I have to say I would have a tough time in North America to get the jokes. Thank you for visiting.

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