How To Laugh Online In 20 Languages
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Besides a simple “haha” or a cheeky “hehe” could there be other ways of expressing laughter? Hmmm. *thinking emoji*
There are many ways of expressing laughter via text in English-speaking countries like LOL (laugh out loud), LMAO (laughing my apples off), ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing), teehee (hehe), and so on. But do you ever wonder how the rest of the world laughs?
Ready to LOL your way around the world?
1. Japanese – www
No, no “www” in Japanese doesn’t refer to the World Wide Web. “Www” is derived and abbreviated from the repeated Japanese word “warai” which means laugh in English. 笑 is another way of saying haha.
2. Thai: 555
The number 5 is pronounced as “ha” in Thai. Therefore, 555 means “hahaha.” 555 is equivalent to the English expression of LOL.
3. Korean: kkk (ㅋㅋㅋ), keukeukeu, hhh (ㅎㅎㅎ)
The Korean consonant ㅋ meaning “k” which has the same sound as the laughing “ha.” When used online, both “hhh” (ㅎㅎㅎ) and “kkk” (ㅋㅋㅋ) represent laughter.
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4. Russian:xaxaxa, axaxax, haha
In Russian, the letter “x” is equivalent to the sound “h” or “kh” so xaxa = haha and xaxaxaxa = hahahaha. Axaxax = hahaha. Haha = haha.
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5. Spanish: jaja
In Spanish, “J” is pronounced as “H.” So laughing in Spanish is expressed as jajaja..
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6. Hebrew : חחחח
חחחח = hahaha.
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7. Chinese: 哈哈, 呵呵, xixi, hei hei, 233
Laughter in Mandarin Chinese is pronounced as xiào shēng. But 哈哈 means haha, 呵呵 means hehe or typing “xixi” or “hei hei” also express laughter. Or, if you want, you could use “233” because on the popular website and chat forum Maopu, emoticon #233 is laughing!
8. Greek: χαχα (xaxa)
The letter “x” in Greek sounds like “h” so xaxaxa = hahaha.
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9. Brazilian Portuguese – huehuehue, rsrsrsrs, kkkk
In Brazilian Portuguese, laughter can be represented in different ways: huehuehu = hahaha, rsrsrsrs = hahaha, and kkkk = hahahaha. “Rs” is short for risos which means laughter and “kkkk” is short for the laughing sound of “kakaka.”
10. Danish – haha, hi hi, hæ hæ, ho ho, ti hi
Laughter in Danish can take several forms but they all mean the same thing which is “hahaha.”
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11. Icelandic: haha, hehe, híhí
Haha = haha. Hehe = haha. Híhí = haha.
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12. French: hahaha, héhéhé, hihihi, hohoho, MDR, PTDR
French people type MDR which means “mort de rire” which translates to “died of laughter” or LOL. Some people also use PTDR which means “broken by laughter.” Pretty extreme! Héhéhé = hahaha. Hihihi = hahaha. Hohoho = hahaha.
13. Italian: ah ah ah
In Italian, they start with an “a” instead of an “h,” so ah ah ah = hahaha. Or just go with the usual hahaha.
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14. Swedish: (asg), hahaha
Asg is short for “asgarv” which means roars of laughter or intense laughter. Asg = LOL.
BUT… no one ever really uses “asg” because Swedes just write “hahaha” or sometimes “hehehe” or “hihihi” or “hohoho”.
Edit: Shoutout & big thank you to Henrik, with 46 years of experience being a Swedish guy for the quick note about how to illustrate laughter in Swedish the right way. 😇 slang. Asg = LOL. Asgasgasg = hahahaha.
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15. Indonesian: wkwkwkwk
Wkwkwkwk = laugh out loud
16.Norwegian: hæhæhæ, høhøhø
Hahaha = hahaha. Hihihi, hehehe = hahaha but in a cutesy way.
17. Ukrainian: ахахахах, азаза
Ахахахах = hahaha. Азаза = hahaha but in a sarcastic way.
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18. Turkish: kdkdkdkdkd, sjsjsjsjsjsh, asdfasdfadf
Oh, they have lots of fun with this one! The Turkish way of expressing LOL is typing random letters on the keyboard. Kdkdkdkdkd = LOL. Sjsjsjsjsjs = LOL.
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19. Jamaican: dwl
DWL (dead wid laugh) = LOL
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20. Malay – ha3
In Malay, they’re super efficient; ha3 is equivalent to ha 3 times (ha 3x). Ha3 = hahaha
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