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How to express laugh's for American and British? LOL I do not know if it would be correct.
Sep 27, 2016 1:22 AM
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lol means "laugh out loud", I think it's comparable to Portuguese "rsrsrs".

English also has "lmao", which is stronger than "lol" (it means "laughing my ass off"...the word "ass" is normally a bit coarse, however "lmao" is not impolite at all).

"haha" is quite common. A big laugh can be longer (hahahahahaha) or capitalised (HAHAHA). A smaller laugh is "hehe". If you write "ha ha" (with the spaces) it can sound sarcastic. Then there's a single "Ha!" which is very hard to translate - it has many different meanings, but it definitely doesn't mean "haha".

As other speakers have said, "lol", "lmao" are more commonly used by people aged <25 years old. Personally I really dislike "lol", it sounds immature to me. But that's only because I'm a grumpy old 30-year-old, not everyone will be bothered by it.

September 30, 2016

'haha' is perfectly fine and is used by the more modestly aged generation too ;) 

September 27, 2016

I think there should be a thread on here to collect this information for every country represented on italki.

Due to my age, I use hahaha, rather than LOL.

I know that, in Brazil, they use this thing "kkk" 




September 27, 2016

LOL is more modern usage, almost text talk

Haha is more common among older people

September 27, 2016
We do the whole LOL thing here in Germany for text messages too, I usually use Lol unless I'm talking to someone older than I use haha.
September 27, 2016
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