How are laughter written in Japanese?


Everyone knows the universal forms of laughter kkkkkkkkkk, LOL and even the famous huehuehue. Have you ever wondered how the internet and media laughs that Japanese people use? In this article, we will see some of them and their meanings.

The laughs that we will show below can be called onomatopoeia. And they are often used not only on the internet, but mainly in manga, anime and throughout Japan, through the media and in everyday life.

ははははは There is! there is! there is! The most common laugh, used especially by men.
ひひひひひ hihihihihi Laughter of a person who intends to do something wrong or set up a plot.
ふふふふふ fufufufufu Scary laugh. It can also represent female or male laughter.
へへへへへ hehehehehehe Embarrassed laughter from a person who can't do something or is trying to hide his shyness.
ほほほほほ hohohohoho Feminine laughter, when a woman laughs with an open mouth, often used by ladies.
  • Note: Usually the vowels (あ a / い i / う u / え and / お o) are used in front of the above onomatopoeias, it sounds more colloquial:
    Ha はははは ahahahaha / いひひひひ ihihihihi / うふふふふ ufufufufu / えへへへへ ehehehehe / おほほほほ ohohohoho

Below we will see some variations and other types of laughter that are usually derived from the main 5.

Kya! there is! there is! Childish form of “Ha! There is! There is!
Wa! there is! there is!
Gwa! there is! there is!
Guffaws. Used to make the laugh a little more evil.
Kara-kara There are people who laugh like “kara-kara”. It is nothing unusual. Trust me!
Laughter, without modesty, often contains the meaning of contempt. They laugh “gener-gener” at their boring joke.
When the person is reading a funny manga, or remembered a joke, he usually laughs alone and a little quietly…
I! hi hi hi! "Hi hi hi" I know the color of your panties. An ordinary laugh.
Kya! Kya! Laughter used by babies and children.
Keta Keta- Indecent laughter. He laughs “keta-keta” regardless of the situation.
Koro-koro A decent and pleasant laugh. Males never laugh "koro-koro". Ladies usually laugh koro-koro like a rolling ball. Balls roll and make "koro-koro".
Ke! ke! ke! A scornful laugh seen mostly in comics.
Niko niko ニコニコ is a cheerful, silent smile.

The Kanji 笑

the Kanji 笑 – Wara it is widely used on the internet to refer to laughter, as much as lol is used in English. It is often found in parentheses (笑) this kanji literally means laughing or laughing. On the internet you can still find Japanese people writing www, but don't confuse it with the World Wide Web, www may be short for Warai or Warau which is one of the kanji pronunciations . It is very normal to find thousands of wwwwwwwwww in Japanese chats… This can be the simplest and most used way to write laughs on the internet.


Is that you? Which laugh do you use?