Friday, January 25, 2013

Laughter: The Not so Universal Language

In my travels, I have encountered many language barriers.  One thing that always seems to traverse the seemingly insurmountable language gap is an innocent laugh.  However, this is not necessarily the case when the chuckle is being expressed through text.  As I make new friends in the different places I visit, which inevitably means that we become Facebook friends, I have noticed that many different cultures express laughter via text vastly different.  Here is a list of the different ways to type out a laugh in the respective cultures that I have seen so far:

United States: haha
Spain: jaja
Vietnam: hihi
Thailand: 5555
Korea: kkkk

If you know any others then feel free to comment.

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