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:
|Chinese||哎哟 Aiyo! |
|Japanese||いたい! （いたっ！いったっ！いったたたっ！いって～） |
Itai! (Ita! Itta! Ittatata!)
|Persian||آخ or واخ (pronounced aakh and vaakh, respectively)|