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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

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?

November 6, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

Russian: хахахахахахахахаха
Hebrew: חחחחחחחחחחחחחחחחחחחח

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olja.
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Жжжж???? :))))

In Russian we use ха-ха-ха (ha-ha-ha), sometimes хи-хи-хи (hi-hi-hi) and хо-хо-хо (ho-ho-ho) :)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

Thank you for teaching me to laugh in Russian!

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/israelpolasak

Same thing with Yiddish we also do either חחחחחחח or האהאהאהאהאאה

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicoTuns

Ok but what about Trololo?

January 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProDuoExtra
  • Romanian: ha ha ha / hi hi....

Edit: you can also laugh like "pfffff" just when you're with your friends ;

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

Funny. In Portuguese, we use pffff as an expression of dismiss.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProDuoExtra

:)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/susanstory

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.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EndieCee

Sounds like a great book title- Ways to Choke your Boss lol (or chchchch for you!)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviPolasak

Yiddish: חחחחחחחחחחחחחחח

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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  • Arabic: jajajajaja
November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

Can you write it in Arabic too?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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Oh ! good point !
The most common I have seen is :
ههههه .

Though also this may be used:
هاهاهاها

I have just found on the internet that someone has explained that in their experience,
a giggle is :
ههههه .

While a loud and deeper laugh is :
هاهاهاها

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.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/F_rancais838

Linda, is your family Arabic?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eineSchlange

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.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Selma-Ibrahim

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. =)

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eineSchlange

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. :)

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Francy-Chan

Italian: Ahahahah / Eheheheh ( XD )

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elsa_Joon
  • Persian : khkhkh

  • In Persian : خخخخخخ

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

I'll add that it's the sarcastic written form.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/F_rancais838

French: Hahahahaha/Ho-ho-ho/lol. English: Hahahaha/Lol.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miacomet

In French you also have "mdr" which is like "lol"

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneysha7

Interesting post! :) I had never thought of laughing in languages... :)

हा हा/ हिं हिं - Hindi

হা হা - Bengali

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

And how would you pronounce it?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneysha7

Ha ha/ he he - Hindi

Ha ha - Bengali

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

Good question!

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lingo6128

Ah the old classic br huehue... encountered this in games many a time.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

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.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

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.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

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

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

So basicall, laughing is separate from language and is triggered by a different part of the brain.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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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.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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  • 277

There is this link from mymodernnet
from the internet.
And from reddit

Can anyone confirm the validity of the information in it ?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jinagaa

Japanese: ははははは/ふふふふふっ

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Buruboro

Another one for Japanese: wwwwww :-)

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jinagaa

^^ Or just (笑)(used in online messaging )

November 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lea.1717

hahaha / huhuhu ?

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jinagaa

Hahaha/fufufu

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

The most common in Swedish is hahaha or hehehe. Rarely it can also be hihihi and höhöhö (mainly in comics).

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Holli67

Toki Pona: a a a

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Osnakezz

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)
November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeeVee_Dee

I agree with your answer, hahahaha.

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/menia367

in greek it could be χαχαχα (hahaha) or χιχιχι(hihihi)

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knoxienne

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 :)

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeanG6

lol

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rebecca622484

Thai - 5555

Korean - ㅋㅋㅋ / kkkk

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elastiiic-babe

I thought you just laugh...

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Windrammer

Norwegian: Æøå æøå æøå æøå æøå æøå...

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VioletteNoire

lol..

January 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

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.

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knoxienne

Love this pic

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristobalTG

Chilean Spanish: jkalsdknfhldfj

November 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ingochris

. Danish: hæhæhæhæ

April 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mellanie666

Filipino: HAHAHAHAHAHA / hahaha

July 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MartinCroft

Polish: Hahaha ;D

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

I bet 1000000 dollars you are from Poland!

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IvritMiron12

In Hungarian (also): Hahaha..../Hehehe...

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MartinCroft

That's interesting. I didn't know that :).

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IvritMiron12

You know, there is a lot of same thing in the Polish-Hungarian culture... XD

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MartinCroft

Yes, I know, I'm planning to learn more about it some day :).

November 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlAqsa3

wkwkwk - Indonesian

December 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cerbatheotaku

WHEN ONLINE

Japanese : (笑)

Turkish: Hahahaha or asdfghjkl You can use random letters together in Turkish lol its much more fun

January 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MauroEzequ6

哈哈,haha 呵呵, hehe In chinese!

June 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luiz868906

Brazilian Portguese: rsrs, rsrsrs, rsrssss (short for risos)

April 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PedroHenri160814

There are a lot of ways we laugh in brazilian portuguese: 1. kkkkkkk... (most popular) 2. rsrsrs... 3. huehuehuehuehue... 4. asuhasuhuahsuha... (very popular)

August 14, 2019
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