The Campesino & the Gringo

This is a chiste I heard in Spanish, but with the chiste, I think is a valuable lesson. Here’s my approximate translation to Spanglish.

A group of gringos went on vacation to Mexico. Part of the package included a tour of a local farm. While on the tour, one of the gringos noticed a campesino. The campesino wiped the sweat from his forehead, went to the shade of a big tree, and sat down to rest. The gringo approached him saying:

Hola amigo, ¿Cómo estas?

Muy bien jefe, aquí descansando.

Tell me, why don’t you work more on your land?

¿Y para qué?

To have bigger crops and sell more.

¿Y para qué?

So you can make more money…and buy livestock!

¿Y para qué?

The livestock will reproduce, and you could sell them, and earn more money!

¿Y para qué?

So you could have a pretty house, live in peace and rest.

¿Y qué estoy haciendo?

Posted on August 5, 2010, in Anglo vs. Latino, humor, wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’ve heard this one before, but where the campesino is a fisherman down in Baja and the gringo is a corporate bigwig.

    Someone told it to me years ago and I always remember it. It helps keep things in perspective.

  2. I always think it’s neat that a lot of jokes my inlaws tell me don’t have a punchline, they have a “lesson” to be learned. I always have this big goofy smile on my face, eagerly awaiting the big “OH! HAHAHAHA!” and have to go “OH! Ha…pues, si verdad?”

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