https://www.duolingo.com/ernestd

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https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

:)

2/11/2014, 10:09:04 PM

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"God bless you" was what my first English native speaker taught me (He is from New Zealand) to say in such case. And thanks to that I got a correct answer on my entrance exam to university.

2/12/2014, 2:48:42 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/royjelly

That is so funny.

2/12/2014, 3:05:13 PM

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Hebrew: Apchee!

2/12/2014, 4:50:22 AM

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Spanish: ¡Achú! or ¡Achís!

2/12/2014, 1:01:29 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/duolinguo

Exactly the same as English, Achoo! haha

2/13/2014, 2:08:12 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/AusriusJuo

What's funny is that in Lithuanian "Achoo" means "Thank you" (the only difference is that you stress the first part of the word instead of the last one). Basically, you could sneeze at everyone and they will smile back at you. :-)

2/14/2014, 6:38:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Likeaboss1991

Exactly :)

11/19/2014, 12:36:04 AM

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Tagalog: Hache/Hachi!

2/12/2014, 1:48:09 PM

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>black Pole nearly impossible to spot

2/13/2014, 8:45:37 PM

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In Chinese, 阿嚏(ā ti) or 哈啾(hā jiu) depending on where you're from. And you say "长命百岁" to them or count the corresponding number of hundred years they'll live when they sneeze.

2014.02.12

2/12/2014, 3:35:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ernestd
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Thanks Kristine. I didn't know how to insert an image in the post :)

2/13/2014, 4:00:15 PM

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Person 1 has a cold and has a sneezing fit. The scene is as follows:

  • Person 1: "HHAAAPSUU!!!"
  • Person 2 looks up from his newspaper and assumes that person 1 was practicing a karate move and happened to sneeze at the same time.
  • Person 1: "AAAPPCHKIHIIII!!!"
  • Person 2 keeps his head in the newspaper and thinks that the cat the old lady is holding had a fit.
  • Person 1: "EEIIICHHHIII!!!"
  • Person 2 stays absorbed in the news article and wonders why in the world all of the strange noises are happening.
  • Person 1: "HAAKKUUUSHHONN!!!"
  • Person 2: "?"
  • Person 1: "Did you know I can sneeze in ten languages?"
  • Person 2: "????????? ...... !!!!!!!!!!!!!"
2/11/2014, 9:49:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/duolinguo

Take all my money (Lingots)! :D

2/13/2014, 2:09:21 AM

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:-)

2/13/2014, 6:24:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

That's pretty interesting how different countries instinctively sneeze differently. I would feel strange if someone sneezed in front of me and made the sound "HAKUSHON!"

2/11/2014, 9:15:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

I think it's not said, but that's how they think it sounds. Sneeze with some mucus in the back of your throat (congested sneeze) and you'll hear it.

2/12/2014, 2:53:17 AM

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LOL!!

2/12/2014, 10:02:28 PM

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Japanese people also make sounds like "Kushun" (most likely girls), "Hekishi/Hekishu(n)", or "Buekushon"(a very big sneeze).

2/13/2014, 7:13:34 AM

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Same goes for animals sounds. It's really funny to compare them!

2/11/2014, 10:34:35 PM

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Sorry, I know it's a little off-topic, but that's what came to my mind instantly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oxjlLnKoWw

;)

2/12/2014, 12:05:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalquimarke

Were you hungry?

2/13/2014, 2:26:21 AM

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Nice :-)

2/12/2014, 8:42:52 AM

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Miau!

2/11/2014, 10:35:09 PM

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Nyanyanya.

2/11/2014, 11:11:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalquimarke
2/13/2014, 2:27:27 AM

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Oink

2/12/2014, 12:41:29 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/angel194462

Haha! One that I really love is the comparison between dog sounds in Chinese and English. In Chinese, it's mentioned as "Wong! Wong!", and in English, it sounds like "Ruff! Ruff!" :)

2/12/2014, 8:59:50 AM

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Yeah, cats sneeze differently from dogs! So cute though! It would be funny to have a quiz on "what type of animal is sneezing"

2/12/2014, 10:03:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/noelia.balinski

in japanese they have a sound for elephants, but not in english.

2/18/2014, 5:27:34 PM

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Dutch: Hatchoo! And if you sneeze three times, people believe it will bring them good weather tomorrow (well not actually, but we Dutch just love talking about the weather at all times)

Edit: indeed written as hatsjoe (or hatsjie), I was spelling it more in an English phonetic way :)

2/12/2014, 9:50:08 AM

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Of course that is written "hatsjoe" ;-) But it could also be "hatsjie"

2/12/2014, 12:40:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalquimarke

Hachoo!

Triple sneezes in Mexico are supposed to be related to: + (each sneeze): The first means health, the second means money, the third means love. + Or, someone who loves you is thinking about you. And it might be good.

If there's a fourth sneeze, you'll get a cold! And it might not be so good!

2/13/2014, 2:34:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/epapesca

I thought the 4th was for time to enjoy them (the first three...health, money & love).

2/13/2014, 3:22:35 PM

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haha. I love the different sounds different languages use for different things! That was fun to look at, thank you!

2/11/2014, 9:41:40 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ocdlaw

My wife sneezes in Spanish achua!

And, though not a sneeze sound, her family has been involved in the golf industry for 4 generations building courses throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

When her great grandfather hit a perfect drive, it sounded like: "whacketela!"

2/12/2014, 12:27:33 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/bnvdarklord

Greek: Αψού (apsoo, use google translate for more accurate pronounciation)
Response: Γείτσες(diminutive of Υγεία, which means health)

2/12/2014, 3:11:32 AM

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Hungarian: Hapci! (Haptsee)

2/13/2014, 11:43:40 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/choeisa

I'd be interested in knowing the phrases they use in response to somebody sneezing.

2/11/2014, 10:11:24 PM

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çok yaşa :)

(Turkish for live long)

2/11/2014, 10:12:47 PM

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Gesundheit!

2/11/2014, 10:29:56 PM

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Gsundhait!

2/12/2014, 12:41:46 AM

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French: à tes souhaits (= to your wishes) Spanish: salud (= health) Portuguese: santihno (= little saint or holy picture, but this one I'm not 100% sure)

2/11/2014, 10:57:01 PM

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In Spain, they say, "¡Jesús!" I thought that was pretty strange the first time I heard it!

2/12/2014, 2:05:30 AM

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Portuguese: saúde! Same as German gesundheit.

2/12/2014, 12:44:01 AM

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And in Italian they say "salute" (health).

2/12/2014, 2:08:41 AM

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or à vos souhaits (French) to be polite

2/12/2014, 12:28:01 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/bakhtiyar

Russian: Будь здоров("Be healthy") Kazakh: Sau bol ("Be healthy") familliar form, Sau bolyniz - polite form.

2/12/2014, 1:36:05 AM

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Vietnam: As far as I know, nobody would say anything to me while I sneeze

2/12/2014, 2:50:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Riceball

Välsigna dig! (Bless you in Swedish)

2/12/2014, 4:39:56 AM

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Polish: na zdrowie (be healthy)

2/12/2014, 4:56:38 AM

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I don't think there's a Japanese response to sneezes. It's rather disconcerting, because I want to say something if someone sneezes, but the etiquette doesn't seem to call for it.

2/12/2014, 12:56:17 AM

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I think that in many Asian cultures sneezing is considered something you don't want to draw unnecessary attention to. I have a friend from Korea, and when I asked her once what you should say in Korean when someone sneezes, she said "Nothing!".

2/12/2014, 2:57:50 AM

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Me too!!

2/12/2014, 10:04:35 PM

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Egészségedre! :)

2/12/2014, 10:28:14 PM

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Is that Hungarian?

2/12/2014, 10:38:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/srhrs

Yes, it is

2/13/2014, 1:02:40 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/CecilieO.

norwegian: prosit.

the sneeze is: Atsjoh!

2/14/2014, 1:33:00 PM

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In French it's actually: A tes souhaits! the first time A tes amours! the second time And... (beware, slang!) A tes emmerdes! the third time (because you're seriously starting to get annoyed)

2/12/2014, 8:31:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dankabass3

Slovak: the sound of sneeze: 'hapci' and you reply: Na zdravie (for your health)

2/12/2014, 10:38:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

lol, "Hakushon!" Great link, and also, an awesome user icon.

2/12/2014, 12:34:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Rat_Writer

XD, I always heard a-psik as a kid.

2/12/2014, 12:37:07 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/sdonlon326

That's hilarious!!!!

2/12/2014, 2:02:01 AM

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In Romanian: ”Hapciu!”, and the answer is „Sănătate! / Să fii sănătos!”

2/12/2014, 10:23:10 AM

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I saw this while hanging out with some Chinese coworkers and had to ask them how they say it in Chinese. 哈秋! Ha qiu! (Phonetically for English speakers: Ha chee oh!)

2/12/2014, 11:00:10 AM

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2/12/2014, 2:13:27 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LucyOwl

why does your owl have an eye patch? what have you put it through? that owl deserves a better home.

2/12/2014, 3:08:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/bnvdarklord

What if he found it like that, and took care of it?

2/12/2014, 3:31:56 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/noelia.balinski

yaay! the owl must love him now ^.^

2/14/2014, 4:21:28 PM

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I thought is was just a pirate owl

2/12/2014, 11:04:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/noelia.balinski

I guess so, but still, it could have been taken care of after being found. I had a pet guinea pig a year ago who had a fight with a cat and lost it's eye before he was given to me.

2/18/2014, 5:14:56 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/PrincessRando

Who knew you could sneeze in ten languages wowwwwwwww

2/12/2014, 4:07:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BrianaAsk

Lmfaooo word

2/12/2014, 4:10:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/kiaraelliott

lol

2/12/2014, 4:10:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBuraschi

Lovely! In Italiano is "Etchuuuuu" and you reply "Salute" :)

2/12/2014, 5:04:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lmv115

Russian: АПЧХИ

2/12/2014, 6:14:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KaliaDavis

fren ch

2/12/2014, 8:50:34 PM

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I heard, that when someone sneezes, their heart stops for a millionth of a second. I don't know if it is true or not ,but I thought it was cool.

2/12/2014, 10:06:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/noelia.balinski

cool!

2/18/2014, 5:19:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/noelia.balinski

where did you find that?

2/18/2014, 5:22:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/NormanLG07

Spanish: ¡ACHÚ! English: AH-CHOO! that is all that I know, sorry hahaha

2/13/2014, 12:20:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ArunavaC

Bengali: "HANCHHO!!" My word, something as instinctive as sneezing is affected by the culture you're brought up in! Who would've thought ?!!

2/13/2014, 7:08:46 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/JeannieShe1

SO Funny!! I never thought each language had their own sneezing sound! Ah...Ah...AH...CHOO!

2/13/2014, 2:27:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottesanbeterin

I have no idea what language this would be, want to help? Ahkachoo!

2/13/2014, 4:38:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/courtney.louise

wow

2/14/2014, 2:07:06 PM

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hekkusyon!!!

2/14/2014, 8:14:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ScavengerRey

:D!

3/2/2014, 9:10:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Livingston591537

That is so funny! But I have one question, how do you sneeze a n French?

5/16/2017, 10:54:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/vvHills10

japanese, koochiaa

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