How to Laugh in a Foreign Language

Your language learning is going well. Your grammar, vocabulary and fluency is sounding great. But now it's time to learn how to laugh in a foreign language!

"HAHAHA" or "LOL" are some of the top texts I receive from friends and family (I must be really funny). Here is a quick guide on changing it up so you can learn how to laugh in a foreign language.

'MDR' - French

First up, this is my personal favorite - this acronym stands for "mort de rire" which translates to "dying of laughing". Quite dramatic, but there are times where you may be more than 'laughing out loud' - you may actually feel like you're dying from laughter.

I've also seen the French use 'hahaha'. Similarly I've heard you can also use 'hohoho', 'héhéhé', and 'hihihi' - but I have personally never seen it being used.

'www' - Japanese

No, this does not stand for 'world wide web' - it doesn't actually stand for anything. In theory the 'w' shortens from the Japanese word for 'laugh' which is 'warai'. As the joke gets funnier, so do the number of w's.

'555' - Thai

Here you can kill 2 birds with one stone - the Thai number five, is pronounced 'ha'. Now you can count, from 5 to 5, and laugh, in Thai!

'kkk' - Korean

Koreans laugh with a slightly different sound. Their 'k' holds the same meaning as our 'ha' - the sound of laughter.

Finally some languages literally translate the sound 'ha' into their script.

'хаха' - Russian

'jaja' - Spanish

'xaxa' - Greek

'xà xà' - Hebrew

'哈哈' - Chinese

Have fun now you can laugh in every foreign language! Why not schedule a Lex and see how many languages your partner can laugh in!

And once you've mastered humor, try learning how to say 'I love you' in every language! So whether you're learning French, German, Spanish, Italian or other languages, make sure you cover it all!

After that check out our Book Search and see what your fellow learners are reading and share your own recommendations!

How to Laugh in a Foreign Language



About Lexody

Sign Up

Contact Us