I can never remember any jokes in English much less another language. But a challenge is a challenge, so I have an effort for the ds106 Make ’em Laugh assignment, submitted by my pal Darren Kuropatwa:

Find a good, brief joke in a language other than your mother tongue; if you don’t know any other languages this might be a good way to start learning. Record your voice telling the joke focusing on pronunciation and try to make it sound as natural as you can with appropriate vocal inflections. Add a (cc) music track underneath (maybe from jamendo.com) and a laugh track (soungle.com is a good source) at the end.

Languages. Hmmm. I don’t know any. I thought it might be fun, in honor of my Mom, to try something in Yiddish. I searched a bit, and found some bad videos, but eventually found this joke, which is funny enough with Yiddish Indians hunting buffalo, that was spelled out in pronounceable bits.

Yiddish Buffalo Joke

That was one take, badly mangled. The music underneath is Yiddish Dances by Unió Musical Xeraco found on Jamendo, a service I cannot recommend enough highly, as they are not a drooling pack of copyright hounds.

I used a laugh track from freesound group_laugh_long_exaggerate by thanvannispen.

Am I ready for the borscht belt? No offense meant to anyone who actually speaks yiddish.

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by TheeErin

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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