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    hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    In English can I use hehe, heyhey and hoho(when smiling)?
    And can I use haha(when laughing)?



    PS: In Chinese it's very simple that we use hehe that expresses smiling and haha that expresses laughing.
    But this is English forum, so I want to ask the question to avoid error or embarrassment


    Sincere thanks!

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    #2

    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    All of your examples suggest laughing to me. We don't have a similar word which we write to denote smiling.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    We don't use expressions such as those to express smiling, which is a noiseless action.

    Actually, we use expressions such as 'ha ha' far less often in writing than many learners seem to believe.


    Crossposted with ems

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    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We don't have a similar word which we write to denote smiling.
    Hmmm...it looks that sometimes there are no corresponding onomatopoeias between English and Chinese
    and I ought to avoid using Chinglish in the forum.

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    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    You can't have an onomatopeiac word for something that involves no sound.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Mar-2014 at 19:28. Reason: minor typo

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    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Actually, we use expressions such as 'ha ha' far less often in writing than many learners seem to believe.
    I find that there is great difference between Chinese forums and this forum
    because in general there are many noiseless actions or facial expressions in the former.


    I guess that it's just the reason that many Chinese believe "silence better than words" or "facial expressions than words".
    Of course in Chinese formal writing generally there are few onomatopoeias as in English formal writing.
    Last edited by dodonaomik; 26-Mar-2014 at 04:39.

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    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    We have smilies/emoticons which include silent emotions.

    = smiling
    = cheeky grin
    = exasperation
    = amazement
    = embarrassment

    There is no written version of those.

    For laughing, we use:

    haha
    ha ha ha
    hee hee
    tee hee
    ho ho ho (although this is usually reserved for Christmas joviality)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Mar-2014 at 23:07. Reason: Adding extra 'ho'.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    You sometimes see people using pseudocode for this:

    <grin> and <smile>

    It was fairly common a few years ago, but is less used now.

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    #9

    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    I never use these things. But then, the last time I smiled was when I heard my great-uncle had got run over by a bus while he was fishing on a river bank (I inherited his rather fine fishing rod, which was fortunately undamaged), and that was 47 years ago.

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    Re: hehe,heyhey,hoho/SMILE

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I never use these things. But then, the last time I smiled was when I heard my great-uncle had got run over by a bus while he was fishing on a river bank (I inherited his rather fine fishing rod, which was fortunately undamaged), and that was 47 years ago.
    I spent a long time to understand your words, ah... ...it's really not easy to understand.
    To me, I sometimes encounter a few Chinese who are like garbage... ...really like garbage! I cannot learn to
    swallow an insult , so I will refute even curse them. But in dilemma or pain I will see interesting news or find some jokes. Happiness is the most important because life is afterall so short! Even I believe in the statement "without smiling without meaning(the meaning of life)".
    Last edited by dodonaomik; 27-Mar-2014 at 05:20.

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