Vocabulary – How to Laugh in English!

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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.



5 Comments on Vocabulary – How to Laugh in English!

  1. Hussain
    April 10, 2012 at 3:30 am (4 years ago)

    so nice , i love it

  2. khalid khan
    December 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Hello, my best teacher MELANIE I am proud of you,, you may be the best teacher of world by this noble work

  3. vindy
    April 27, 2013 at 12:58 am (3 years ago)

    Dear teacher Melanie,

    Thank you so much,this is very helpful for us to learn proper English.

  4. Luiz Carlos
    June 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Melanie, my name is Luiz Carlos. I’m from Brazil and I live inJoinville, Santa Catarina – SC. Nice to meet you.
    I’m a new student and I hope learn English with you.
    Sorry, but my English is bad.

    Thank you.

  5. shayan
    July 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Melanie
    It’s a really good way to make people interested in English and show them how to speak and continue their learning process to get the hang of it,one of the my wishes is to become master in English like a native speaker,like you but I totally know it takes much time and also needs practice a lot… I just wanted to appreciate you about all the efforts you have done and you will do ….
    I’m from Iran and people here laugh in this way ha ha ha like your country …
    Thanks :)