There are lots of simple Spanish jokes that children learning Spanish can understand. I have written several posts with collections of jokes and suggestions for telling jokes to Spanish language learners. They have many of the most common Spanish jokes for kids and you can find them here:
First Jokes for Children Learning Spanish
More Jokes for Children Learning Spanish
Spanish Jokes for Children
Often simple Spanish jokes are misinterpretations of a context. In other words, the listener expects one answer and then hears something else. Most of the simple Spanish jokes in the list below use that surprise factor to create the humor. Others simple Spanish jokes play with the sounds of the language, like the first joke about the cowboy and the number 7, about the two roofs.
Depending on the joke, you may have to tell children why it is funny. That isn’t a bad thing and it happens in English too. Once a child understands, she still can find the joke funny and learn from it even if she didn’t “get it” the first time.
You can find more collections of simple Spanish jokes for kids by going to the page mentioned above. Here are few common simple Spanish jokes that many language learners can understand.
Simple Spanish Jokes
1. ¿Cómo llama el vaquero a su hija?
(How does the cowboy call his daughter? – Eeee – haaa! The joke is based on the similar sound of the word daughter in Spanish, hija, and the stereotypical cowboy shout yee-haa!)
2. En la escuela, la maestra dice:
– A ver Luis, ¿cómo te imaginas la escuela ideal?
– Cerrada, maestra, cerrada.
(In class, the teacher says, “Let’s see Luis, How do you imagine the ideal school?” “Closed.”)
3. ¿Sabes las dos palabras que te abrirán muchas puertas en el mundo?
-Tire y empuje.
(Do you know the two words that will open many doors for you in this world? Pull and push.)
4. ¿Por qué está triste el cuaderno de matemáticas?
– Porque tiene muchos problemas.
(Why is the math notebook sad? Because it has a lot of problems.)
5. Una madre mosquito le dice a sus hijos mosquititos:
– Hijos, tienen mucho cuidado con los humanos y no se acerquen a ellos ya que siempre quieren matarnos.
Pero uno de los mosquitos le dice:
– No, Mami, eso no es cierto. El otro día un humano se pasó la tarde aplaudiéndome.
(A mother mosquito says to her baby mosquitos, “Children, be careful with humans and don’t get close to them because they always want to kill us.”
But one of the mosquitos answers, “No Mommy, that isn’t true. The other day a human spent the whole afternoon clapping for me.”)
6. Un soldado le dice a otro:
– Viene gente.
– ¿Son amigos o enemigos?
– Deben ser amigos porque vienen todos juntos.
(One soldier says to the other, “There are people coming.” “Are they friends or enemies?” “They must be friends because they are all coming together.”)
7. ¿Qué le dijo un techo a otro techo?
– Techo de menos.
(What did one roof say to the other roof? I miss you. This joke is based on techo, roof, sounding the same as te echo. Te echo de menos is one way to say I miss you in Spanish.)
8. Si tengo cuatro pesos en el bolsillo y se me caen dos, ¿qué tengo ahora en el bolsillo?
– ¡Un agujero!
(If I have four pesos in my pocket and two fall out, what do I have in my pocket now? A hole!)
9. Un niño se sube a un bus y le dice al chofer:
– ¿Cuánto cuesta el bus?
Y éste le responde:
– Pues, 10 pesos.
Y el niño le dice: ¡Vale, que se bajen todos que lo compro!
(A little boy gets on a bus and says to the driver, “How much is the bus?”
The driver answers,” It’s 10 pesos.” And the boy says, “Okay, everybody off. I’m buying it!”)
10. Había un ciempiés caminando por el bosque, y había una ramita y se tropezó, se tropezó, se tropezó, se tropezó, se tropezó…
(There was a centipede walking through the forest, and here was a stick in his way and he tripped, tripped, tripped, tripped, tripped, tripped…..)
Using Simple Spanish Jokes with Language Learners
Use these simple Spanish jokes the way you would other authentic language input.
- Teach key vocabulary and then use the jokes for listening practice.
- Give kids printed versions of the jokes and use them as reading practice. You can ask reading comprehension questions as you would with any text.
- Have kids illustrate the jokes.
- Children can practice the simple Spanish jokes and present them to the class. Children can act out jokes that are dialogs, for example, numbers 5, 6 and 9.