Vocabulary – How to Laugh in English!

by Melanie on January 28, 2010

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Laughing in your language is not the same as laughing in English!

In English, the sound people make when they laugh is written as ha ha ha!

You can use two or more ha in a row to show you are laughing:

Ha ha!
Ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

However, one ha does not represent laughter. One ha is used when you want to express satisfaction or victory, for example “Ha! I did it. You didn’t think I could do it, but I did!” or “Ha! I told you that would happen.”


Other written forms of laughter:

He he
He he he
(*Remember, one he is a subject pronoun: He laughs!)

Tee hee
(*this is more of a giggle!)

Internet shorthand:
LOL! = laugh out loud
ROFL = rolling on the floor laughing
LMAO = laughing my a** off (swear word for bum!)


Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen various ways students laugh in their own language. Do not write these letters when you want to write laughter in English:


These are JUST LETTERS in English! They have absolutely NO meaning in English. No one will understand that this is supposed to be laughter.



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