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Jokes in Spanish for the Classroom

written by: KellenKautzman • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 1/17/2012

Students love jokes. Don't tell anyone, but teachers love jokes too. Check out this fun and interesting activity about jokes in Spanish for your class.

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    A Couple of Spanish Jokes

    The following jokes are listed in Spanish first and then in English.

    (Español)

    En el examen, el professor le dice al alumno que no ha sabido contestar a ninguna pregunta:

    Le haré una última pregunta, si sabe, le aprobaré.

    ¿Cuántos pelos tiene la cola de un caballo?

    Treinta mil quinientos ochenta y tres.

    ¿Y cómo lo sabe?

    Perdone professor, pero esa ya es otra pregunta.

    (English)

    On the test, the teacher told the student that he had not known how to answer a single question.

    "I will ask you one last question. If you know it, I will pass you. How many hairs are there on the tail of a horse?"

    "Thirty thousand five hundred and eighty-three."

    "How do you know?"

    "I'm sorry teacher, but that is another question."

    Second Spanish Joke

    (Español)

    Pablito venía para la escuela, pisó una cáscara de banano y se cayó y se quebró una pierna.

    "¿Qué hay que aprender de esto Juanito?" dijo el maestro.

    "¡Que no hay que venir a la escuela!" dijo Juanito.

    (English)

    Pablito came to school, slipped on a banana peel, fell and broke his leg.

    "What is necessary to learn from this, Juan?" asked the teacher.

    "That it isn't necessary to come to school." said Juanito.

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    The Key to Fun

    Sometimes your students may find Spanish grammar, the irregular verbs, and so on to be as boring as staring at the wall. That is why from time to time it is smart to prepare some fun activities, so that all the class can have a good time while reviewing and practicing at the same time their Spanish language. Jokes are the key. If you are looking for more fun in your class, you may consider checking out some more Spanish classroom games.

    Below are steps to follow in order to prepare for an enjoyable exercise.

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    Things to Arrange the Previous Day

    • Tell your students you are going to prepare a new Spanish activity about jokes.
    • Divide the class in groups.
    • They need to think about a joke they like and write it down (in English).
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    Starting the Jokes Game

    • Jokes in the Spanish Classroom Each group of students has to choose the best joke from the ones prepared by the rest of students in the group.
    • Once the joke is chosen, they have to translate it into Spanish. They can use dictionaries or any related material, but NEVER copy an existing Spanish joke they find anywhere. (Depending on the Spanish level of the class, ask them to either use present tense or past tense.)
    • When all the jokes are translated, the teacher will give every group of students a number.
    • Group number 1 will be the first one presenting their joke in Spanish, then number 2 and so on.
    • Each group will choose a student who will be in charge of telling the joke in Spanish to the rest of the class.
    • After each joke, the rest of students have to ask the group, in Spanish, for any words they were not able to understand.
    • All new words will be written down on the blackboard, with their corresponding English translations.
    • After each joke, the rest of the groups will vote, in order to choose the best joke of the class. (1 star, bad – 5 stars, very good). There will be 2 categories:

    a. How fluent in Spanish are the members of the group? (1 to 5 stars)

    b. Was it a good joke? (1 to 5 stars)

    The teacher will write down on the blackboard all the votes to see which group wins. HAVE FUN!

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    Humor in the Classroom

    It is always fun to bring holidays into the classroom, and use them in your teaching. The United States' Holiday of April Fool's Day, celebrated on April 1st, is very similar to the Spanish holiday el Día de los Santos Inocentes, celebrated on December 28th.

    Americans usually say April Fools! when the joke is realized. In Spanish, the cry is "¡Inocente, inocente!"

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    Vocabulario útil (Useful vocabulary)

    bueno – good

    el chiste - the joke

    divertido – funny

    escribir – to write

    la estrella – the star

    el grupo – the group

    malo – bad

    la pizarra – the blackboard

    la puntuación – the score

    traducir – to translate

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    Expresiones (Expressions)

    un chiste bueno – a good joke

    un chiste malo – a bad joke

    contar un chiste – to tell a joke

    ¿Era bueno el chiste? - Was it a good joke?

    No entiendo esa palabra – I don't understand that word

    ¿Puedes repetir, por favor? - Can you please repeat it?

    ¿Qué significa la palabra ______? - What does the word _______ mean?

    ¿Tienen los miembros de este grupo un español fluído? - How fluent in Spanish are the members of this group?

    • You can download a Word file with this vocabulary and expressions here.

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