What do you say when you hurt yourself? What do they say around the world?

It may not have occurred to you that people in different countries say ‘ouch’ differently – it’s certainly not the kind of thing teachers tell you when you’re learning foreign languages! I recently came across this excellent list of pain words, which tells you how different countries express themselves when they get hurt.

Here they are:

Arabic أخ (Aakh!)
Chinese 哎哟 Aiyo!
哎呀 Aiya!
Croatian Avaj!Jao!
Danish Av!
Japanese いたい! (いたっ!いったっ!いったたたっ!いって~)
Itai! (Ita! Itta! Ittatata!)
Maltese Ajma! (Ay-ma!)
Persian آخ or واخ (pronounced aakh and vaakh, respectively)
Spanish

Au!

Auch!

Tagalog (Philippines) Aray!
Thai

โอ้ย Oy!

Urdu/Gujarati/Hindi

Oh baa!

Oh maa!
(Gujarati): Oh baaprey!

So maybe the next time you stub your toe whilst abroad, you might like to try one of these new words! If you know the word for ‘owch’ in a language that’s not listed here, please share it with us!