Laughter is universal, right?

Not so much.

While humour and sharing a laugh is something that can be experienced across cultures, distance, and language, the way we express laughter around the world is actually pretty different.

That’s right, not everyone has to face the ‘lol’ versus ‘hahaha’ debate (hahaha will always win, just saying).

Instead, those in Spain comment jajaja on their friend’s ridiculous profile picture, while in Thailand a good joke will be rewarded with a 55555. Here’s how people type laughter around the world, with information from Latinos Post.

UK and America: Hahaha or LOL

Or occasionally hehehe, or ROFL (if it’s hilarious), or the now underused LMAO. Or even the ROFLMAO, or the very cringey ROFL-copter. Fun times, fun times.

Italy: Ah ah ah ah

While this reminds us of The Count from Sesame Street, Italians just think of his as the phonetic way of writing out the sound of laughter.

China: 哈哈

In Mandarin, laughter is expressed with 哈哈, pronounced haha. 嘻嘻, pronounced xixi, means giggling.

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Korea: Kkkkk

And occasionally kekekeke. It’s similar to ‘hahaha’, just the phonetic version of laughter for Koreans.

Nigeria: LWKMD

This one’s a bit like our ‘lmao’ or ‘OMG, dying’. It stands for ‘laugh wan kill me die’, which basically means ‘I’m dying of laughter’.

Greece: Xaxaxa

Same as ‘hahaha’ and ‘kkkk’, just phonetic laughter. Isn’t language fun?

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Brazil: Rsrsrsrs

‘Riso’ means laughter, so ‘rsrsrsrs’ is a bit like ‘laughlaughlaugh’.

France: Mdr

Stands for mort de rire, which means ‘dying of laughter.

Iceland híhíhí

Another phonetic one.

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Thailand: 55555

This one’s cool. In Thailand, 5 is pronounced ‘ha’. So reading ‘55555’ aloud sounds like ‘hahahahaha’.

Japan: Www

The Japanese word for laughter is pronounced ‘warai’, which led to ‘w’ becoming shorthand for laughter. This turns into www for a good joke (rather than just a curt ‘ha’), and wwwwwww if someone’s really cracking you up.

Spain: Jajajajaja


Denmark: hæ hæ

Phonetic. Sometimes Danish people type ‘ho ho’, too, which makes them sound very jolly.

How people type laughter around the world | Metro News