Any Americans out there have probably heard this lame but funny joke where someone asks what time it is and the other person replies "time for you to get a watch". I've been looking for translations of this, but none of them sound funny or retain the comedic effect. How would I translate and keep the comedic effect?
You have to understand that every language is different.
In English, you ask for "What time is it now?" and you answer with "Time for you to get a watch.".
Now let's translate that to Mandarin, "现在几点了?" and you answer "现在是该你买表的时间了。"
???? What are you even on about ??????
In English, it's funny because you are asking for what time, and you answer with time for you
In Mandarin, there are several way to ask for time, the most common way is "几点了", the joke will be weird because you are asking for 几点了, and you answer with 时间, see how it doesn't make sense?
It would only be funny, if i ask "现在是什么时间？", which people rarely do, and i answer "该你买表的时间了".
So yea, unless people specifically ask for "什么时间" instead of "几点了", then you can answer with "买表的时间", which is still a
lame but funny joke