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– Did you know that most English learners know more grammar than the native speaker, but can barely speak?
– Is that so? Now that’s pure irony.
Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.
Hi! I’m Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for a new Speak English Now podcast episode.
Today we have a very interesting topic:
- I’m going to talk about three concepts that are often confused: irony, sarcasm, and cynicism.
– Next, you’ll practice verb tenses with a short story about two kids who have a problem on a frozen lake.
Okay, let’s get started.
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Well, let’s get down to business.
What is the difference between irony, sarcasm, and cynicism?
We are going to analyze these concepts one by one, and of course, I will give you some examples; you learn very well with examples! And it’s not irony 🙂
The irony is an “expression that implies something contrary or different from what is said, usually as a mockery.”
Okay. To make it clear, a “mockery” is an action or words with the intention of laughing at something or someone. It can also be a simple joke.
The irony is sometimes directed at oneself or a situation.
Let’s look at an example:
– How was the date with that girl you met?
– Ah, fantastic! It couldn’t have gone better. She said she would call me… But she didn’t ask for my phone number.
When in the dialogue, he says, “it couldn’t have gone better,” he is obviously saying the opposite of reality and uses it as a subtle mockery of himself.
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