The Bathtub Test - a joke


Valentina Tenedini

    During an inspection to a psychiatric hospital the visiting manager asked the superintendent how they found out if someone needed to be hospitalized.
    'You see?' the superintendent replied 'we fill a bath tub and then give the patients a teaspoon, a mug and a bucket and ask them to empty it...'
    'Oh, I see! - the inspector replied ' a normal person would use the bucket for the purpose, being it the largest object...'
    'Not really' the superintendent replied ' a NORMAL person would simply take the stopper off! We just so happen to have a room available for you, would you prefer the bed near the window?'

JOKES APART – a school project

ico_contributilogo_trasparenteValentina Tenedini

Questa divertente e stimolante attività riesce a coinvolgere gli studenti in un'operazione che non è solo di traduzione linguistica ma anche culturale attraverso la traduzione di battute, barzellette e scherzi.

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Tourist’s Blunders Jokes


Valentina Tenedini

Holiday is a typical subject for conversation, when school resumes and it gives us, EFL teachers, the opportunity to teach our classes language and expressions which will come in handy when our pupils travel.

I often entertain my students with the blunders we foreigners may make, so here you have a few examples.

To be continued - Enjoy!


An Italian abroad #1

An Italian tourist is in a Us steak house

Can I take your order? – the waiter asks

Yes, please, I’ll have a steak - as the waiter is about to leave the Italian adds, ‘and please, well cooked!’

-We always cook well, man! The waiter replies, while the Italian wonders what he said wrong…

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A Christmas Joke


Valentina Tenedini

Two children talking in December:

"Do you believe in Santa with his reindeer?"


"No longer since the Easter Bunny told me two of them are horses with fake antlers!"


A "Mixed Type Conditional" Joke


Valentina Tenedini

Two Ladies Talking in Heaven 

1st woman: Hi, Wanda!

2nd woman: Hi, Sylvia! How'd you die?

1st woman: I froze to death.

2nd woman: How horrible!

1st woman: It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?

2nd woman: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV.

1st woman: So, what happened?

2nd woman: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.

1st woman: Too bad you did not look in the freezer - If you had, now we'd both still be alive' .


The other line - a joke


Valentina Tenedini


A man sees a distinguished looking man outside a church, the man has a dog on a leash beside him and 2 lines of people waiting before him.

    The onlooker gets curious and decides to approach the distinguished man, pretending to pay his respect to him, by the shorter line.
    "I am terribly sorry for your loss, sir"
    "My wife..." sighs the man
    "Did she die of some illness?"
    The widower sighs and, with a look of deep desperation in his eyes, he answers "The dog devoured her".
    Quickly recovering from the shock, he says "Ehr sir, I was wondering, could I borrow it for a while, please?"
    "Then you must stand in the other line and wait for your turn."

Red Riding Hood - a joke


Valentina Tenedini

...And finally having walked through the forest and having met the wolf Little Red-riding hood arrives at her granny's home, she opens the door and finds her in bed:

    "Granny, how big your ears are... and Granny, how big your eyes are.... and Granny, look at size of your mouth..."
    And the granny replies: "Child, have you just come to criticise or what?"

Instant Online Crossword Puzzle Maker


Questo semplice sito costituisce davvero un utilissimo strumento per realizzare delle parole crociate con il lessico che si intende verificare. Basta inserire le parole e le definizioni e il programma realizza da solo gli "incroci" e la conseguente numerazione.

Per un esempio su come utilizzarlo, vi suggeriamo di consultare l'attività "The Ugly Duckling" disponibile su questo sito.



Helen's ESL Jokes -


Helen Baker propone in questa sezione del sito un elenco parallelo di barzellette in inglese in versione "ripulita" adatta ad un pubblico di studenti e in versione "originale", naturalmente più ricca di espressioni idiomatiche.



Jokes and Games -


Il sito si propone come un database di materiali di varia natura, tutti dedicati all'insegnamento e all'apprendimento della lingua inglese.

In particolare suggeriamo la sezione Vocabulary, che propone giochi linguistici di vario tipo, dalle parole crociate ai puzzles e soprattutto la sezione Jokes in cui una discreta quantità di divertenti barzellette sono accompagnate dal supporto audio, costituendo così un buon esercizio di listening.



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