How do you laugh in different languages?
I've always wondered about this...
Usually it all sounds similar to "hhhh" or "xxxx" (khkhkh) in most languages.
Here are the ones I think I know:
• Spanish: jajajajaja....
• European Portuguese: ahahahah... / kkkk.... / hihihi...
• Brazilian Portuguese: huehuehuehue.... / kkkk...
• English: hahahaha / lol
How do you laugh in your language?
In Russian we use ха-ха-ха (ha-ha-ha), sometimes хи-хи-хи (hi-hi-hi) and хо-хо-хо (ho-ho-ho) :)
- Romanian: ha ha ha / hi hi....
Edit: you can also laugh like "pfffff" just when you're with your friends ;
Many years ago my father told me how they are supposed to laugh in Ukrainian. He said it was in the Ukrainian dictionary and that it was how they were supposed to laugh. He was saying, that they aren't supposed to go "ha ha" but a different sound. I don't know how to write it. Instead of "h", it's pronounced like the "ch" in German.
I was working in a Chinese restaurant then and I happened to mention this to my boss, who was from China, and another worker, who was from Laos. He happened to be eating and had his mouth full of food while I was telling this. Then he started to laugh when he heard how Ukrainians are supposed to laugh. Then he started to choke on his food. He was okay but it could have been serious.
Sounds like a great book title- Ways to Choke your Boss lol (or chchchch for you!)
Oh ! good point !
The most common I have seen is :
Though also this may be used:
I have just found on the internet that someone has explained that in their experience,
a giggle is :
While a loud and deeper laugh is :
Which is why perhaps I have only seen هاهاهاها a few times.
This is to the best of my knowledge and experience.
I would value native Arabic speakers to correct and/or embellish this.
Of course - due to the internet, and the alphabet that English speakers use, that dominates this interface,
I often see it typed jejejeje as well.
But wouldn't it be "hhhhhh", since ه = h? So when putting a lot of them together ههههههههههه it becomes hhhhhhh. The letter J looks like this: ي. Jajajaja would look like this: يايايايايا.
Actually, the letter J (if you're talking about the Spanish one) is خ, so that would be خاخاخاخا, but no one laughs like that in Arabic. We say هههههههههههه, which is hhhhhhhhhh. =)
Yup, I know that the Spanish J sounds like خ. Now that I think about it I was referring to the Swedish J when saying it sounds like ي. The English J sounds like ج.
About the هههههههههههه, yes, I agree with you, هههههههههههه = hhhhhhhh. :)
Interesting post! :) I had never thought of laughing in languages... :)
हा हा/ हिं हिं - Hindi
হা হা - Bengali
I don't know. I always thought that laughing was human nature and didn't depend on language. I guess I could see how it would be different in written languages, but not spoken.
I agree. Written form may differ but people laugh -and cry- the same way all over the world. Though it depends on the situation, but a happy laugh is certainly the same.
The real laughing sound is probably very similar, because it's instinctive. What may change is how we perceive it and the way we express it in writing, which depends on our mother tongue's phonemes. (?)
For exmaple, Spanish people laugh like "jajaja", but Portuguese people don't have the spanish "j" sound, so we say "hahaha". Also, the H is silent in spanish, so they use the J.
We represent laughter differnetly for the same reason that we represent onomatopeias differently. https://translationservicesdelhiindia.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/animal-sounds-in-different-languages.jpg?w=620
So basicall, laughing is separate from language and is triggered by a different part of the brain.
That is an interesting reflection.
I have just listened to a podcast on the fact that primates (i.e. monkeys, apes ) also laugh. Based on some scientific studies.
The most common in Swedish is hahaha or hehehe. Rarely it can also be hihihi and höhöhö (mainly in comics).
Ooh, Netherlandish has a lot of variation in that! :
- hahahaha (sincere and genuine)
- hohohoho (even more sincere and genuine, also used for schadenfreude and dad jokes)
- hehehehe/héhéhéhé (secretly laughing, chuckling)
- hihihihi (associated with female high laughter, bit flirty)
- hihi (insider joke)
- heh.. (faint smile-ish laugh)
- ha! (Revenge/feeling of having the last word in an argument)
- hee! (With a laughing tone and a smile, it expresses unbelief and the feel of just havigg been poked fun at)
- kekekeké/néhehehe (laughing at someone's expense. Cynical sometimes, often negative)
Someone recently was alarmed because of the kkk that a Brazilian person put up. We all had to calm her down and explain that all it means is lol :)
Always find the humor in things! Even a simple smile causes notable changes in the body's physiology, and can completely change a person's mood or even their entire day for the better.
You know, there is a lot of same thing in the Polish-Hungarian culture... XD
Japanese : (笑)
Turkish: Hahahaha or asdfghjkl You can use random letters together in Turkish lol its much more fun