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How to talk about 9 types of laughs in Chinese

 

1. chortle 开心地笑

laugh in a way that shows you are very pleased 

yí piàn jì jìng zhī hòu, lā lǐ kāi shǐ xiàng gè bái chī yí yàng hā hā dà xiào 

一片寂静之后,拉里开始像个白痴一样哈哈大笑。

There was silence for a moment, then Larry began chortling like an idiot.

2. chuckle 轻声笑

a soft partly suppressed laugh; laugh quietly or with restraint 

tā qīng shēng yí xiào

他轻声一笑。

He gave a little chuckle.

3. guffaw 哄笑、大笑

a very loud laugh; laugh loudly 

zhèng dāng tā men hā hā dà xiào shí, jiǎn piào yuán lái le

正当他们哈哈大笑时,检票员来了。

As they guffawed loudly, the ticket collector arrived.

4. simper 傻笑、假笑

a silly self-conscious smile; smile affectedly or derisively 

shì nǚ dī tóu shǎ xiào le xià

侍女低头傻笑了一下。

The maid lowered her chin and simpered.

5. smirk 傻笑、得意地笑、幸灾乐祸地笑

to smile in an affected or smug manner; smile affectedly or derisively 

zhàn zài páng biān de liǎng gè nán rén kàn zhe wǒ, hù xiāng yòng gē bó zhǒu qīng pèng duì fāng, xìng zāi lè huò de xiào zhe 

站在旁边的两个男人看着我,互相用胳膊肘轻碰对方,幸灾乐祸地笑着。

Two men standing nearby looked at me, nudged each other and smirked.

6. snigger 暗笑、窃笑

a disrespectful laugh; laugh quietly 

tū rán, zuò zài wǒ shēn biān de sān gè xué tóng tōu tōu de xiào le qǐ lái 

突然,坐在我身边的3个学童偷偷地笑了起来。

Suddenly, three school kids sitting near me started sniggering.

7. giggle 紧张得咯咯笑

to laugh in a nervous or childlike way 


wǒ jǐn zhāng de gē gē xiào ge bù zhǐ 

我紧张得咯咯笑个不止。

I was so nervous I got the giggles.

8. titter 窃笑

to laugh in a quiet and nervous way

mò lì bú zì zài de wēi wēi qiè xiào le xià

莫莉不自在地微微窃笑了一下。

Mollie gave an uneasy little titter.

9. grin 咧嘴笑,露齿而笑

a broad smile; you smile broadly

sà lā jǐ cì shì tú xī yǐn fēi lì pǔ de zhù yì, dàn tā zhǐ shì duì tā liě zuǐ xiào xiao 

萨拉几次试图吸引菲利普的注意,但他只是对她咧嘴笑笑。

Sarah tried several times to catch Philip's eye, but he just grinned at her.

Source: China Daily

2016-09-21

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