10 Funny Spanish Memes You Can Share With Your Child
Did you know that Spanish memes are not only super fun, but also educational?
If you agree that laughter is the best medicine, keep reading to learn about Spanish memes and chuckle at my top 10 family-friendly, hilarious favorites.
Why Spanish Memes?
Memes (pronounced “meem”), according to the Oxford Dictionary, are “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.”
In practical terms, they are humorous images on the internet that people copy (often with slight variations). They spread rapidly via social media and often go viral.
- Memes feature simple sentences and phrases with relatively easy vocabulary.
- They follow patterns that are delightfully easy to figure out. If you’re not familiar with memes, by looking at a handful of them, you’ll quickly begin to see their patterns.
- Memes in any language tend to use informal language.
- Spanish memes sometimes use purposeful misspellings and grammar errors as part of the broma (joke). Since memes often lean heavily on modern text and internet slang, you might want to brush up on your Spanish text message vocabulary.
- The picture helps you understand the theme and the emotion associated with each meme.
- Laughing is splendid for learning!
Memes are often crude and far from kid-friendly. However, I’ve scoured the internet for the top 10 funniest Spanish memes that you can share with your child!
10 Funny Spanish Memes for Kids of All Ages
1. What’s your name?
This meme is an instant classic, with its simple question and visual of a cute llama filling in for one of the words in this fundamental Spanish question.
You may have noticed that this meme has a grammatical mistake that we need to unpack:
In terms of pronouns, Spanish speakers use tú and usted, which both mean “you.” More specifically, tú is less formal than usted, and it involves a slightly different verb conjugation. As you can see, ¿Cómo te llamas (tú)? means “What’s your name?”, as does ¿Cómo se llama (usted)? The defining difference worth noting here is the -s at the end of llamas when referring to tú and that, in short, they should have put two llamas in this Spanish meme!
2. Cuando mi mamá me llama por mis dos nombres
This meme’s text translates to: “When my mom calls me by my two names.”
In just about any language, you know you’re in trouble when your mom calls you by your full name. This funny Spanish meme uses the lovable and well-known Toy Story character, Woody, making a face that shows he’s feeling apprehensive and scared. Looks like he’s metido en un lío (in trouble) and muy preocupado (very worried) about it.
2. No se juega con fuego
As parents worldwide warn, “Don’t play with fire! It’s dangerous, and it will burn you.” However, this funny Spanish meme throws in a twist: Y Fuego quedó sin amigos. Translation: “And Fire ended up with no friends.” Pobrecito.
3. The Dog Ate My Homework
The absurd hilarity of memes comes through with this one. A dog is on the phone (a landline, no less!) saying, “Yes, teacher, it’s true. I ate the homework.”
The thing is, this would likely only be funny to native English speakers because the concept of the dog eating one’s homework is not a thing in the Spanish language.
4. Hungry Again
Many Spanish memes (including #4, 5, and 6 on this list) begin with cuando, just like many English memes begin with “when.” This meme features the lovable Homer Simpson and says “When I finish eating and 15 minutes later I’m already hungry.” He kneels in the middle of the street, crying out, “Why am I like this?” Maybe Homer needs to eat more proteínas and fewer carbohidratos!
5. Anime Aficionado
Another “when…” meme, this one says, “When you tell somebody you’ve seen more than 100 anime movies.” The animated woman in the meme looks at you with pity and says Debes pasar mucho tiempo solo. (“You must spend a lot of time alone.”) No offense, anime fans!
6. Brightening Up Messages
This Spanish meme translates to: “Me, adding a ‘hahaha’ to all my messages, so they don’t seem so dry.” The image features a funny combination of a sweet-looking Sponge Bob Square Pants throwing rose petals on his grumpy neighbor Squidward, who is not amused.
Añadiéndole is a bit of a mouthful. It is the present participle form of the verb añadir (to add), with the indirect object, le, attached to the end.
7. Advanced Cat Technology
This Spanish meme translates to “Not even NASA has this technology.” It features one of the most widely used meme themes: cats!
8. Quarantine Pastime
This funny Spanish meme is one of the thousands from 2020 related to the current pandemic and cuarentena. It asks, “What have you done for fun during the quarantine?”
The punchline is the guy playing cards with two cute kittens. Note that the word pa in this meme is a slang version of the preposition para.
9. Pensive Velociraptor
The witty Pensive Velociraptor evidently speaks many languages. In this meme, he wonders “What would happen if Pinocchio said, ‘My nose will grow now’?”
This funny dinosaur is always sharing bizarre epiphanies and riddles. In this case, he’s using the conditional conjugation of pasar (to happen), by simply adding -ía to the infinitive form of the verb. He’s actually rather advanced with his grammar, also throwing in the subjunctive (dijera) and future tense (crecerá).
10. Dogs vs Cats
Our final Spanish meme involves a dog standing in front of the computer screen and complaining, “The cat does the same thing and you don’t get mad.” As any cat owner knows, gatos inexplicably love to perch themselves directly in front of the screen, if not on the keyboard. As this meme illustrates, it’s not quite the same when a Labrador does it.
The Meme Theme
I hope you enjoyed this list of funny Spanish memes and shared a good laugh with your child. What other great kid-friendly memes have you come across? Leave a comment and let me know!
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