For beginners in Spanish language learning, it’s tough to have a personality in Spanish. Psychologists say that people have different personalities in different languages. I can definitely see my reactions change depending on the language I speak. For example, I’m chatty and bubbly in English, but it’s hard to translate that into a new language. When you barely know the basics, it’s impossible to be clever.
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How to make jokes in Spanish
Making funny jokes in Spanish is especially hard. In English I get confidence from making people laugh. I like to be spontaneous when I meet someone new. If they laugh at my jokes, I know we will get along. When I first studied Spanish though, all the formal language training felt too proper. I couldn’t be myself. Even my younger cousins in Chile said I talked like a boring adult. I was in secondary school!
With Lingoda , the focus is different. Lingoda is all about realistic conversations, common phrases, and learning Spanish online in a natural way. If you are like me and you rely on being funny to make friends, today’s post is a lifesaver. Here are 10 Spanish jokes guaranteed to get a laugh.
One-Liners in Spanish
These are funny Spanish jokes that you can say in a single line or as a response. They are cute because they rhyme and kids say them a lot. You don’t need to memorise much and they work in plenty of situations. Plus, they sound natural in any setting so no need for comedic timing.
- Obvio microbio. Literally this means “Obviously, microbe”. Say it whenever somebody has made an observation that was not exactly groundbreaking. It works in place of the English joke “Thank you, Captain Obvious.” It’s one of the best Spanish one-liner jokes.
- Me canso ganzo. Literally “I’m tired, goose”. This joke is the verbal equivalent of rolling your eyes and calling somebody a silly goose.
- Eso, eso, pan con queso. Literally “That, that, bread with cheese”. This is a funny way to say you agree with somebody.
- ¿Que te pasa, calabaza? “What’s up, pumpkin?” Don’t be surprised if they answer you Nada nada limonada “Nothing, nothing, lemonade!”
- Chao chao bacalao. Literally “Bye bye codfish” for saying goodbye to your friends.
Silly Puns in Spanish
Puns are good jokes in Spanish because you can learn Spanish vocabulary and laugh at the same time. These Spanish puns are good for looking ‘adorkable’ or dorky and adorable at the same time. You will definitely get a laugh but remember there is a cringe factor. These are definitely Spanish dad jokes.
- ¿Cuál es la fruta mas paciente? Es pera. Which fruit is the most patient? It’s a pear (espera = wait).
- ¿Cuál es la fruta más divertida? La naranja ja ja ja ja. Which fruit is the most fun? The orange (ja = ha).
- .¿Cómo se queda un mago después de comer? Magordito. What happens to a wizard after eating? Chubby Wizard (sounds like más gordito = chubbier).
- ¿Qué le dice un techo a otro? Techo de menos. What does one roof say to the other? I miss you (sounds like I roof you).
Long Spanish jokes
Executing a long joke in Spanish is expert level. On one hand, you have a high chance of messing it up. On the other hand, your friends will be super impressed if you get it right. Why not try a joke about language to lighten the mood?
- Ayer tuve una entrevista. Yesterday I had an interview.
– Me preguntaron ¿Nivel de inglés? They asked me: Level of English?
– Alto. High.
– Diga “memoria” en inglés. Say “memory” in English.
– Memory. Memory.
– Póngalo en una frase. Use it in a sentence.
– Salté por una ventana y memory. I jumped out of a window and “I died” (memory sounds like me morí).
– Contratada. Hired (remember it’s contratado if you are male because of gendered adjectives).
A good Spanish joke is a guaranteed way to make friends laugh. From one-liners to silly Spanish puns, memorising jokes in Spanish is one way to make new friends. It shows off your clever personality and puts everyone at ease. Which type of joke is your favourite?
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Alison Maciejewski Cortez is Chilean-American, born and raised in California. She studied abroad in Spain, has lived in multiple countries, and now calls Mexico home. She believes that learning how to order a beer in a new language reveals a lot about local culture. Alison speaks English, Spanish, and Thai fluently and studies Czech and Turkish. Her tech copywriting business takes her around the world and she is excited to share language tips as part of the Lingoda team. Follow her culinary and cultural experiences on Twitter.