Oh Love!

Humor in Hinchman, Michigan

Here’s a funny thing, a joke… because you can never say you’ve learnt a language until you’ve understood a joke in it!

Humour is a good medicine for everything, and even though we can easily laugh at Mr Bean’s sketches as everything is mostly physical, it is very difficult to understand a joke.


A joke involves so much cultural content that only a member of that society can understand. We have the perception in Spain that English humour is dull, strange and complicated.

However; I quite think the opposite. Humour can always be a great inspiration and funny if understood properly.

Lost in translation

I don’t like translating, well I love doing it, but I don’t like it when I’m learning or teaching a second language as it’s something different from the process of getting that language in our minds and let it grow within ourselves.

A translated joke is nearly impossible unless coincidence make the two languages so culturally close that enables us to do it.


It’s like the Spanish boy who met a beautiful Irish girl, and they soon fell in love. The girl was spending her holiday in Spain and she looked marvelous, with her ginger hair and beautiful smile. The boy looked at her with passion and words were not needed at all, as the language of love did its part.
But time passed by and quite close to the girl’s departure, the boy felt the loss to come and wanted to do something very special for her. So he studied and studied to be able to tell his beloved ginger girl something in her own language.
And when the right moment came, he held her hand, looked at her and with a soft voiced said: “I love you”.
The girl felt in heaven when she heard such sincere words, and replied: “I love you too”.
The boy felt strange, looked at her with a funny expression which really made the girl doubt, until he replied again: “I love you three!”


  1. Back in college my French teacher (an actual Frenchman) told us a joke that went (translated) “Why are there trees on the Champs-Elysees? Because the Germans like to walk in the shade!” Talk about the importance of cultural context…


    1. That’s a good one! Btw we’ve got this one in Spain now that tells the story of the British, the German and Spanish guy, all three of them engineers, and having a conversation in a pub, and the spanish engineer asks: ‘gentlemen, what would you like to drink?’
      It’s all about the context! Thank you for your comment!

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