20 Hilarious Spanish Grammar Memes to Make You Laugh (and Learn)
Did you know that the oldest meme on the internet is 30 years old? Yes! According to Oldest.org that is the case. We all love memes, and they started becoming popular in the early 2010s, when 9Gag started rising among internet users and they released their mobile app for iPhones. Man, those were the days.
Now many Latin Americans find their memes through Facebook or Twitter, some others even on YouTube. You can spend a lot of time scrolling down through your social media timelines gagging at some great memes and there’s nothing wrong with that, but how about injecting some learning into the formula? Check these 20 Spanish grammar memes that will surely make you laugh and learn at the same time and get ready to start “jaja”ing.
FUN FACT! Many people in Latin America pronounce the word meme just like it’s read, rather than pronouncing it “meem” like in the U.S.
This one is just classic-and a great kickstarter-but I had to include it in case you hadn’t seen it before. All the way back from those “9gag days” I just mentioned before. We’ve all been students, and at least I know I have been un estudiante que estudia un día antes del examen (a student who studies a day before the exam). Have you?
Spanish Grammar Memes: Verbs and Conjugation
This section of Spanish grammar memes is dedicated to memes related to verbs. Probably the most important part of the Spanish language to learn (and conjugate!). Take a sip of your beverage before scrolling down, and after that’s dealt with, get ready to laugh.
As a native Spanish speaker, I just had to include this one. Yes we have a lot of irregular verbs, ser (to be), tener (to have), hacer (to make or to do), ir (to go), dar (to give) are five of the most common ones. We know they can be problematic, and well, we’re (kind of) sorry about that. But honestly, English has a lot of irregular verbs as well, more than 200, actually, according to Wall Street English.
Do learn more about irregular verbs in Spanish in this post: How To Use the Most Common Spanish Irregular Verbs
If you live or have visited the southern part of the U.S. you surely are familiar with the chicken restaurant Chick-fil-a. If you’re wondering why is this written like that, well that’s a regular Spanish conjugation for you right there! Look at the conjugation for esperar (to wait for, to hope for or to expect).
Get it now? They’re conjugating Chick-fil-a as if it were a noun.The cow on the right corner, by the way, is telling you to eat more chicken (which is misspelled but says coma más pollo).
I sent this meme countless times to my best friend (we call him Llama). Believe it or not, this whole sequence makes complete sense in Spanish thanks to the verb llamar which means “to call”. In case you didn’t understand why the llama is calling another llama on fire, it goes like this in English: Llama. Llama calls. Llama calls llama. Llama calls on fire. Llama on fire calls llama. Llama on fire calls llama on fire.
(A regular high school that is, with HSA you will have a great time). The conjugation in this one is brilliant. Voy a tengo una tiempo no muy bueno can be translated to something like: “I am going to I have an no very good time”. The accurate way of saying this in Spanish is: No voy a tener un buen tiempo. That one, though, is very uncommon, a more colloquial and natural way of saying this is: No voy a pasarmelo(a) bien. In any case, remember that after using the structure ir a…to conjugate something in future, use your main verb in infinitive. Voy a ir a comer, (I am going to go to eat) for example.
Some Latin Americans complain that learning English is hard. They (I’m Latino but I don’t complain) say that grammar, structures, and especially pronunciation is difficult in English, while that’s debatable we have to say that that is because they have never stopped to see how many conjugations we have in Spanish and the many different tenses and moods we handle.
Spanish Grammar Memes: Visual comedy
Visual comedy is great. In this section I provide a lot of visual puns-most of them done by the talented “Ingesman”- that you’ll enjoy and understand. In case you don’t I also provide a small explanation on why it’s funny for us, Spanish speakers.
I don’t know why YOU are crying if you are the one who cut me. But there’s more to this meme. It goes beyond the simple visual pun. In Spanish, when we say tú me cortaste yes it means you cut me, but in many Latin American countries is also a colloquial way of saying: you broke up with me.
Another great visual pun! Fuga de gas is translated to “gas leak”. The word fuga in Spanish, however, can be used when talking about gases or liquids, but also when talking about people who are in jail. You would say something like: El prisionero se fugó (the prisoner escaped).
PRO TIP: When talking about information in Spanish (Someone leaked that information, for example) don’t use the verb fugar o fugarse, instead use the verb filtrar o filtrarse (which means to filter) so say something like: Filtraron el nuevo uniforme de la nueva temporada del Galaxy. (They leaked next season’s Galaxy’s new uniform).
Why is that “y” dressed like an ancient Greece woman? Do you know what we call the “y” in Spanish? Some people call it ye and some other ones call it “i griega” which is translated to: “Greek i”. Another beautiful visual pun. Don’t you just love these?
What do you call a roller coaster in Spanish? Yep, you got that right, we call it montaña rusa. When you translate that to English literally it means “Russian mountain”. Can you see the face of the mountain all serious and wearing an ushanka (the Russian hat)? That’s a Russian Mountain for you.
If this meme didn’t make you go jajaja it’s because you don’t understand the visual pun behind this Spanish grammar meme. Las entradas se ven agotadas (The tickets look tired). But when we say Las entradas están agotadas in Spanish it means “The tickets are sold out”. In other words, you cannot get a ticket for that concert that you wanted to go to.
Okay okay, last visual pun. What is this? Me siento mal stands for “I feel bad” doesn’t it? Yes, you are correct there, but why is he sitting on the chair like that? Someone stand that chair up! You see, me siento mal also means “I sit badly” in Spanish, and that is where the joke lies.
Spanish Grammar Memes: Ser vs Estar
Isn’t ser vs estar a little difficult in Spanish? After all, both verbs mean “to be” in English. A great tip is to remember that the verb ser is used with a characteristic that will not change over time. The verb estar is used with something that is easily changeable.Knowing that, you’ll understand that we have to say things like: Soy alto and not estoy alto because your height doesn’t change (unless of course, you’re growing, but don’t use estar even then).
Squidward’s face says it all. Well, “level 2” can’t be that advanced, but master the basics before you move on! Either say Mi nombre es (my name is…) or Me llamo (which literally translated means “I’m called”). Saying me llamo es is like saying “I am going to will…” it’s just mixing structures that serve the same purpose but cannot be combined together.
FUN FACT: Spongebob’s character Squidward is called “Calamardo” in Spanish.
This one says: “When we spend three weeks learning ser vs estar and a student says ‘el sofá está grande y es a la derecha de…’”. Elmo has the right to be enraged, don’t you think? Three weeks is quite a long time to learn the difference between ser and estar Don’t unleash his atomic wrath again, learn the difference right here: Ser vs Estar vs Tener All the Different Ways to Say “I am” in Spanish. and also, learn it in way less than three weeks.
Luke is lamenting himself, this time, though, it isn’t because Darth Vader is his father, but because he is using bad Spanish grammar. “Luke I am your father. -No! You had to use the verb ser (not estar)”.
Spanish Grammar Memes: El subjuntivo
The subjunctive mood can be quite difficult to understand in Spanish because it isn’t really used in English. To talk about conditionals and possibilities we usually conjugate the verb in its past or present form and that’s just it. Si yo tuviese que hacer esa tarea, no me tardaría (If I had to do that chore I wouldn’t take long). But this is just an essential part of the Spanish language that you cannot “not” learn.Check these couple of memes for a better understanding of the subjunctive mood.
“Simba, one day Spanish will be yours. -What is that dark region? -That is the Subjunctive Kingdom, very few dare to enter there”. We Spanish speakers don’t even think about it, we use it naturally. Until I started teaching I couldn’t understand how hard it can be to understand the subjunctive for English speakers, luckily though, here we have a great guide for you to practice it and make it much easier: The Ultimate Guide to Subjunctive Conjugation. and dare entering that dark kingdom.
“How many times do I have to tell you to say “haya” and not “haiga”? Believe it or not, a lot of native speakers don’t quite understand or simply don’t apply the verb “haya” and say “haiga” instead. Haya is the third, singular person of the verb haber (to be) conjugated in the subjunctive mood. Every once in a while you will hear someone say “Ojalá que haiga pan en la casa” (Hopefully there’s bread at home).
FUN FACT! Did you ever watch “El Chavo del Ocho”? This was a Mexican comedy TV Show which aired all over Latin America and several other countries. In the meme you can see El Profesor Jirafales. Roberto Gómez Bolaños (the creator of the show) probably chose that name because Ruben Aguirre (the actor who interpreted the character) was tall as a giraffe, hence his “last name” Jirafales.
Spanish Grammar Memes: Prepositions
Prepositions are usually one of the hardest parts in any language. Check out these couple of memes that complain about the Spanish ones.
“Spanish is super easy. But then you have to learn its verbs and prepositions”. Poor Hide The Pain Harold. Okay, to be fair, prepositions don’t ever make sense regardless of the language they’re in. This might be the hardest part to learn on any language. Still, though, I’m pretty sure that this post will make that hard work easier. Check it out: 100+ Spanish Phrasal Verbs for Intermediate or Advanced Learners.
Calamardo is at it again! Torturing Bob Esponja (yep, that’s how we call Spongebob in Latinamerica). Spanish has fascinating things behind it! A good advice when learning it is not comparing it to English. That will help you understanding it better and remembering its prepositions much easier than if you were to translate everything individually. Remember that every language has its own set of rules, syntax and sounds.
You have no idea how many times I wanted to type “jajaja” all throughout this post and then I remembered I should not really do that in posts, but man, I hope you had as much fun as I did with this Spanish grammar memes. Thank you for checking these Spanish grammar memes out with me.
We just had to close up with this one. See that? Spanish is useful for many things, memes included. Sign up for a free Spanish class to master your Spanish grammar and never miss “jaja”ing with your Latino (or Spanish) friends on Facebook or Twitter. Or better yet, learn how to speak Spanish as well and read these memes out loud for your Latino friends, they’ll appreciate it a lot.
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