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    have fun at the museum

    Dear all,
    After you went to a museum and enjoyed yourself, do you say, "I had great fun at the museum"?
    A museum is not a place like Disney land. There's no excitement. But even so, you may find a lot of things very interesting and want to visit again. In that case, is it fine to use the word "fun" to express your feeling? Or is it better to say something like "I enjoyed it" or "I enjoyed myself?"

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: have fun at the museum

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    There's no excitement.
    I think you don't need excitement to have fun, but I am not a teacher.
    There is no excitement on this forum, but reading the posts is fun.

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    Re: have fun at the museum

    I don't think you could have fun or even enjoy yourself at an old-fashioned museum with rows of glass cases, though you might well enjoy the visit if you were interested in the exhibits. At a more modern museums with interactive displays and things to do, you are more likely to enjoy yourself and, possibly have fun. Having fun​ suggests laughter to me.

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    #4

    Re: have fun at the museum

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Having fun​ suggests laughter to me.
    Do you think learning English is not fun if learners do not laugh?

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    #5

    Re: have fun at the museum

    I don't thing learners are having fun if they are not laughing.

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    #6

    Re: have fun at the museum

    Try:

    I had a great time at the museum.


    I think this forum is very fun! It is enjoyable, aggravating, enlightening, puzzling, and stimulating all at once.

    It all adds up to a little bit of fun. There's great enjoyment in watching others teach and learn.

    There's also a bit of an altruistic aura to all of this. No one has to be here, and yet here we are.


    There's something about the art of teaching language.

    The old adage that "those who can't, teach" is wrong. You can only know it if you can teach it.

    The enjoyment is the struggle to teach and the things you learn as a teacher.



    --lotus

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    #7

    Re: have fun at the museum

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    I had a great time at the museum.

    I think this forum is very fun!
    I am not a teacher.

    I agree with, 'I had a great time at the museum' but I find 'very fun' very unnatural in BrE.

    I do agree with the sentiment.

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    #8

    Re: have fun at the museum

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't thing learners are having fun if they are not laughing.
    Does smiling not count?

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    Re: have fun at the museum

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Does smiling not count?
    Not for me.

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    #10

    Re: have fun at the museum

    I used to have lot of fun playing team sports. There was little laughter involved. I used to have a lot of fun at amusement parks, and laughter was not a big part of the experience. My favorite museum when I was growing up was the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Very interactive. No laughter but great fun.

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