I teach a conversational English class for international students. We mainly talk about culture. Recently a student asked
me to explain American humor to them.
I tried but failed. So I tried again after giving it some thought and provided examples of different types of humor that is popular in America. One genre we talked about was riddles. I shared some basic, simple riddles, such as “What is black and white and read all over?” Then I asked them to share some popular riddles from their country. We had fun trying to solve these various riddles.
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. The seasons typically are Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Where are they Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter?
2. Far away it looks like a wall. Up close it looks like a series of houses. It runs thousands of miles a day. What is it?
3. When together you can’t see. When apart you can. What is it?
4. It repeats one time in a minute, two times in a moment, and never in a century. What is it?
5. We are twins, each of us has a round body and one long leg. We have to work together. What are we?
Bonus riddle submitted by a reader: Word begins as a plural masculine word, but when an “s” is added to the end, it becomes a singular feminine word?
Leave a comment with your answers. Enjoy! 🙂
Answers as they are submitted:
1. The dictionary. Good job Mama.
2. A train. Good job Jilly! 🙂
4. The letter M–Well done Mama.
Bonus Riddle: Princes. Add another “s” and it becomes princess. 🙂 Thanks Travis for the extra riddle. It was clever.