Translation:Are you happy in your city, George?
The following is the explanation about the laughing expression from a site. It is said: "Arabic – “ههههه” (“hhhhh” – Arabic doesn’t write short vowels, so that could be read as “hahahahaha”)". The expression is always written as hhhh هههه, and NOT haahaahaa هاهاها. (In other word, hhhh is hahaha because the ه is with faTHa, ie. هَ).
We can meet this expression when we make some conversations with some native/non-native Arabic speakers.
You're welcome, KatieC993112! :)
Thanks for your reply, Away54. But I am almost a complete beginner, and I'm still interested whether, as a matter of fact, writing five ha's would sound as five ha's or four. Similarly, in English, it doesn't matter whether you write hahahaha or hahaha or whatever number (and of course that's informal too), but we can see the number of pronounced ha's there are. And I'd like to know for the Arabic. Incidentally, I think that caterpillar of letters - an initial, three medial and one final ha - looks very pretty.
Thank you, Away54 for your answer about lol. I keep repeating that even we poor beginners in Arabic KNOW that you don't write short vowels (at least you specified "short vowels". It's a common misconception that Arabic doesn't write vowels at all, which, thanks to Duolingo, I immediately realised wasn't true. Even the first letter of the abjad is Alif!). But though you didn't say so explicitly, I gather that five ha's indicate five syllables. Do you always write five? never eg three, as we do - "hahaha"?
Away54: thanks again for your reply. But my problem is so primitive, that nobody seems to understand what I want to know. Even the quote you gave me about Arabic hahahas is careless: it writes four h's to correspond with three ه's. All I want to know is whether, as in English the number of syllables corresponds to the number of ه. I'm sure it doesn't matter, but you can write ههههه (five syllables?), and would ههه indicate three syllables?