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What's the difference between: 

I'm joking and

Just kidding ? 

Thanks a lot

Apr 5, 2017 9:24 PM
Comments · 5

Hi Elisa, 

We use "kidding" informally and casually when we are teasing someone and looking at their response. 

Example: Hey, you forgot to zip your pants! Haha... Just kidding!

We " crack a joke" when we are more intentional on making others laugh by presenting something hilarious. 

"Joke" can also be used to indicate our disbelief.

Example: You must be joking! / You can run at the speed of sound? What a joke! 

Hope this helps.

Cheers, Lance 

April 5, 2017

You can use these interchangeably. It's just a different way to say basically the same thing. "To kid" someone means to not be serious, to play a joke on them, and/or to say something you don't really mean just to be funny.

For example:

Me: Wow, those jeans make you look old! Nah, just kidding, you look great! :)

You: What do you mean these jeans make me look old?!

Me: I'm joking, you really do look great.

April 8, 2017
i think that we use '' iam joking '' with persons whose we know ( friends ) and we use ' just kiding with persons whose we respect !! 
April 5, 2017

para mi son el mismo, a lo mejor hay diferencias muy muy pequenas

I'm kidding = I'm just joking = I'm just kidding = I'm joking 


"just" puede anadir un sentido si el hablante cree que la otra persona se ofiende/se preocupa por la broma y al principio no creia que fue solamanete una broma. 

I'm just kidding = I'm only kidding = It's just a joke = it's only a joke.

"just" es mas comun (creo) 

April 8, 2017
Hello I like practice my english do you can accept me like friend ,plz?
April 5, 2017