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20 Funny Spanish Jokes to Tell Your Spanish-speaking Friends

Who said language studies shouldn’t be fun?

By learning some funny Spanish jokes, you’ll be able to understand many more of the linguistic nuances found in Spanish.

I’m gonna give you some funny Spanish jokes that had me laughing out loud, but I’ll also explain what makes them funny and how each Spanish play on words works.

Before long, you’ll be laughing right along with your Spanish-speaking friends!


Funniest Jokes in Spanish

1. Wine and In-Laws

¿Cuál es el vino más amargo?
Vino mi suegra. 

English Translation:

What’s the most bitter wine?
When my mother-in-law came home.

Of course, in English, this doesn’t make much sense. That’s because it’s playing on the noun vino and the verb vino. 

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The noun vino means “wine” and the verb vino means “he/she came.”

2. Bird Imitation

Un hombre va al circo en busca de empleo. 
El director le pregunta: 

“¿Y usted qué sabe hacer?” 
El hombre dice, “yo… imito a los pájaros.” 

El director responde, “bueno… creo que no nos interesa, gracias.” 
y el hombre se fue volando.

English Translation:

The man went to the circus to find a job
The boss asked him:
“What do you know how to do?”
The man says, “I imitate birds”
The boss answers, “well, we’re not interested, thanks.”
And the man flew away

When someone se va volando (goes flying) it’s similar to the English phrase, “he flew the coop,” meaning he left in a hurry.

3. A Ray of Sunshine

La nueva cocinera es un sol. 
¿Cocina bien? 
No, lo quema todo

English Translation:

The new cook is a ray of sunshine.
Does she cook well?
No, she burns everything.

For this one I translated the meaning literally in English. We don’t use the phrase “ray of sunshine” the same way un sol is used in Spanish. 

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Un sol is someone who’s “a doll” in English. Of course, the pun here is that the sun burns everything, just like the cook. Clever, clever.

4. The Most Timely Pun

Padre, ¿qué puedo hacer por mis pecados? 
Ora, hijo mío, ora. 
Las once y media, padre. 

English Translation:

Father, what can I do to have my sins forgiven?
Pray, my son, pray
It’s 11:30, father

Ora (pray) naturally sounds a lot like hora (time) since the h isn’t pronounced in Spanish. I imagine that this boy was being a bit of a smarty pants with the priest. I like him.

5. Cowboy Talk

¿Cómo llama el vaquero a su hija? 

English Translation:

How does the cowboy call to his daughter?

Well, duh. Doesn’t every father call his daughter, daughter? That’s not the joke.

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In Spanish, hiiiiiiija (ee-ha) sounds a whole like “yeeeeeee-haw!” Cowboys say “yee-haw” all the time, that is if you trust old John Wayne movies.

6. Love Between Houses

¿Qué le dijo un techo a otro techo? 
Te echo de menos. 

English Translation:

What did one roof say to the other roof?
I miss you.

Words in Spanish can be put together or split apart to create two completely different words. That’s what’s happening here.

Techo means “roof.” Te echo de menos means “I miss you.” When you combine te + echo into techo, that’s where the joke is.

7. One Fishy Pun

Un pez le pregunta a su amigo, 
“¿Qué hace tu padre?” 
El otro dice: 

English Translation:

One fish asks his friend, 
“What does your dad do?”
The other fish says:

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This is probably the first joke I remember my dad telling me in Spanish. It still makes me smile every time.

The play on words in this joke is the fish’s answer, “nada.” 

Nada means “nothing,” however, it can also mean “he swims” as nada is one of the conjugations for the verb nadar (“to swim”). 

8. Spanish Spelling Bee

¿Cómo se escribe calcetines en inglés? 
Eso sí que es.

English Translation:

How do you spell socks in English?
Yes, that’s right.

But no one ever spelled socks in the joke…or did they? Read this one out loud.

Eso sí que es sounds a lot like S-O-C-K-S . This one is the perfect joke for your friends who speak Spanish and English.

9. A Little Math Joke

¿Qué le dijo el número dieciocho al número dos? 
¡Vente conmigo! 

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English Translation:

What did the number 18 say to the number 2?
Come with me!

Vente in Spanish is an informal command which means “come,” but the similar-sounding word veinte means “twenty.” When we plug that in, the punchline sounds more like “20 with me!”

10. Double Meanings

Un hombre y una mujer en la playa: 
“Y usted, ¿no nada nada?”
“No traje traje.” 

English Translation:

A man and a woman on the beach:
“Can’t you swim at all?”
“I didn’t bring my swimming suit”

Nada means “nothing” or “not at all.” But, as noted in the above fish-dad joke, it’s also a conjugation of the verb nadar. So, together, no nada nada means that the person doesn’t swim at all. 

Traje means “suit.” This can be a business suit or, in this case, a swimming suit. Like nada, it’s also a conjugated verb: traer means “to bring” and traje is the first person past tense conjugation of traer.

11. Counting Stars

¿Cuántas estrellas hay en el cielo? 

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English Translation:

How many stars are in the sky?

Once again, Spanish words are tricky when you smash them together or pull them apart. 

Cincuenta may mean “fifty,” but sin cuenta…that means “countless.”

More Hilarious Spanish Jokes

Still looking for more Spanish jokes to make you and your friends laugh? Check out the below list for even more laughs!

Spanish JokeEnglish Translation
¿Qué le dice una iguana a su hermana gemela? ¡Somos iguanitas! What does an iguana say to her twin sister? We're little iguanas!

*iguanitasigualitas ("alike")
¿Cómo se dice veterinario en inglés? "Dog-tor". How do you say "vet" in English? "Dog-tor."
¿Por qué lloró el libro de matemáticas? Porque tenía muchos problemas. Why did the math book cry? Because it had too many problems.
¿Qué hace una abeja en el gimnasio? ¡Zumba! What does a bee do in the gym? Zumba!

*zumba = zumba / buzzes (from zumbar)
¿Cuál es el animal más antiguo? La cebra, ¡porque está en blanco y negro! What is the oldest animal? The zebra, because it's in black and white!
¿Cuál es el santo de todas las frutas? La san-día. What is the saint of all fruits? Watermelon.

*san = saint
Estaba una pizza llorando en el cementerio. Llega otra pizza y le dice:
— ¿Familiar?
— No, era mediana.
A pizza was crying in the cemetery. Another pizza arrives and says:
- Family?
- No, it was medium (sized).
¿Qué animal es dos veces animal? El gato, porque es gato y araña. What animal is twice an animal? A cat, because it is a cat and it scratches.

*araña = scratches (from arañar) / spider
¿Qué hace un perro con un taladro? Ta-ladrando. What's a dog doing with a drill? Drilling.

*ta-ladrandoestá ladrando ("he's barking")


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