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Sarcasm and humor for non-native speaker?

I confess that English is not my first language. I learned it sa pamamagitan ng pagbaba books and taking classes, and other methods such as reading, writing, listening, speaking and interacting with others. Also, online helped me a lot for practice, but I am not an expert. As progressive learner of English language, one thing I am having trouble with is understanding sarcasms and jokes. It's not that I don't completely grasp them. I can understand the obvious sarcasms and obvious jokes, but it starts to get difficult when the sarcasm is subtler than usual. Same for the jokes. For cultural differences and linguistic difficulty, I suffer from understanding deep or high level sarcasms or jokes. Same goes for delivering jokes as well. When I try to joke, it doesn't always appear the same way I want to or the way I usually apply jokes in my language. Is there anyway I can improve this? Any tips? Thank you.
 Ranty-cat posted 4 months ago
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Zeppie said:
Subtle sarcasm can be difficult for most to grasp, native English speaker or not.

That gets amplified when it's written rather than face to face because you can't read their facial expressions.

All I can say is if you're not sure, just ask the person if they're being sarcastic hahaha. Everyone's sense of humour is different. The person could be joking and that's how they express humour, or the person could just be a bit rude.

For expressing jokes irl observe the other person. See if what you're saying makes them uncomfortable or amused. Just read body language when joking irl. Your own facial expression is important too. Smiling can make the other person madami relaxed and accepting to a joke. However if you're doing deadpan humour, try to follow it up with a small smile so they know you're joking if it wasn't clear to them lol. Otherwise it can get awkward.

There's no real sure-fire method to good jokes, most should come naturally. Just relax but be observant if the person is receiving your jokes well or not.
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Thanks 😃🐱
Ranty-cat posted 4 months ago
DarkSarcasm said:
Zeppie makes a lot of great points. The only thing I have to add is that sometimes to emphasize the sarcasm in text form, putting certain words in bold or italics may help get your point across. I also tend to drag words out with extra letters, which is also how I deliver them verbally, 'cause I'm typically a deadpan kind of person. ("Yes, I would looove to try eating snails.") Don't feel bad about not getting it - people overlook my sarcasm all the time, even ones who should be used to it sa pamamagitan ng now. ;)
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Haha Thanks a lot!! I'll keep that idea in mind while texting or commenting. :D <3 Btw, I didn’t know what the word "deadpan" mean. I just looked it up. Added to my vocabulary range haha 😅 Again, thanks a lot for answering ^^
Ranty-cat posted 4 months ago
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