Knowing a few funny jokes in Spanish can really come in handy when trying to learn and speak the language. Students often become confused when they hear jokes or puns. And not understanding cultural nuances can be awkward. So, learning some funny jokes in Spanish can help you overcome some of the barriers to learning a new language. If you’re having fun while you learn, you’re bound to learn Spanish more quickly!
Last Updated: 05/21/2021
Laugh Your Way to Fluency with These Funny Jokes in Spanish
Memorizing Spanish vocabulary lists isn’t the only way to learn Spanish. Learning jokes (and their meanings) is a great way to practice your Spanish and begin to make sense of other cultures. As this article from The Guardian explains, there is more to understanding humor than just the vocabulary and grammar. If you can understand jokes in a foreign language, even simple ones, you’ll start to really understand a lot about culture, and what native speakers find funny. What’s more, once you get the jokes you’ll have a way to break the ice when trying to make friends with native speakers.
Also, remember that having a sense of humor about learning a new language is also important. On our blog we often talk about how having fun is a critical part of the learning process. Here are a few funny jokes that are easy to understand. They’ll get you giggling and help you forget about conjugations for a while!
How to say “joke” in Spanish
First things first, you’ll want to know some vocabulary you can use to talk about jokes in Spanish before you actually start telling them. There are actually a few ways to say “joke” in Spanish, depending on what form it takes.
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9 Jokes to Learn to Break the Ice with New Spanish-Speaking Friends
1) Hay tres clases de personas…
There are three kinds of people…
Las que saben contar y las que no.
Those who know how to count, and those who don’t.
Explanation: This joke is funny because although we think we are going to hear about three kinds of people, we only hear about two. Someone really doesn’t know how to count! Bonus: this joke works in any language.
2) ¿Sabes las dos palabras que te abrirán muchas puertas en el mundo?
Do you know which two words will really open doors for you in the world?
Tire y empuje.
Push and pull.
Explanation: Your friends will probably think you’re referring to opening doors of opportunity. But instead, the punchline is that you are literally talking about opening and closing doors. D’oh! Of course, this joke can also help you remember two key vocabulary words that you’re sure to run into often if you get the chance to travel to a Spanish-speaking country! What’s more embarrassing than trying to push a door you’re supposed to pull? 🤦♀️
3) ¿Qué le dijo un techo a otro techo?
What did one roof say to the other roof?
Techo de menos.
I miss you.
Explanation: This one is a play on words. The Spanish word for “roof” is “techo,” which sounds very similar to “te echo.” “Te echo de menos” is one way of saying “I miss you” in Spanish.
4) Un pez le pregunta a su amigo, “¿Qué hace tu padre?”
A fish asks his friend, “What does your dad do?”
Explanation: The word “nada” in Spanish means nothing but is also the third-person singular conjugation of “to swim.” A true Spanish dad joke. 🤓
5) ¿Cómo haces para que un pan hable?
How do you get bread to talk?
Pues lo pones en agua toda la noche y al día siguiente ya está blando.
Well, you put it in water all night and the next day it’s soft/talking.
Explanation: Another play on words, this joke uses the words “hablar” and “blando.” “Hablar” is to speak and “blando” means soft. But when you say the last part of the joke “…ya está blando” (what happens to bread when it gets wet) it sounds almost exactly like “…ya está hablando.” Or in other words, “the bread is already talking.” Kind of silly, but it got a chuckle out of us!
6) ¿Que dijo el 1 al 10 ?
What did the 1 say to the 10?
Para ser como yo debes ser sincero.
To be like me you have to be sincere.
Explanation: Now, the word sincere in Spanish is “sincero” which sounds a lot like “sin cero” or without a zero. So, to be a 1 the 10 would have to lose the 0. I crack myself up! 😂
7) ¿Cuál es el colmo de un jardinero?
What’s the last straw for a gardener?
Que siempre lo dejen plantado.
Always getting stood up.
Explanation: “El colmo” jokes are very popular and can be translated as something that takes the cake, the last straw, or the limit. If you are going on a date, for example, and the other person doesn’t show up, you get stood up or “plantado,” which in Spanish also means to plant something, like a gardener!
These are just a few good jokes that we thought you might enjoy. They play on words a lot, one of the reasons why jokes in another language can go right over your head. They say that explaining a joke makes it less funny, but in this case it serves a purpose. You’ll be able to laugh with your native-speaking friends and not feel like the only one who doesn’t get it!
Have you heard any funny jokes in Spanish lately? We’d love to hear them, and we might even add them to our list! Share them in the comments section below.
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