Why Do Indonesians Use “wkwkwk” for “hahaha”?

In English, we usually type “LOL” or “hahaha” in social media or chatting applications to express laugh. However, in Indonesia we can see almost all of them use “wkwkwk” instead of using “hahaha”.

To know more about the reasons, read the complete explanation below.

Wkwkwk mean in Indonesian

In Indonesian, wkwkwk actually don’t have any special meaning. It is just a word use in chatting or social media to indicate that we are laugh.

It is quite has the same meaning to LOL (laugh out loud) in English.

Hahaha mean in Indonesian

We know that in real life, people’s laugh usually sounds similar to “hahaha”. In Indonesia, before wkwkwk became popular, hahaha was widely used.

Not only in Indonesia, international people also usually use hahaha more. However, according to Indonesian people, hahaha is becoming too bland and not as cute as wkwkwk.

Read more about other chatting language in Indonesia:

Other Ways to Express laughing in Indonesian Chatting Style

To be able to use “wkwkwk” and “hahaha”, you don’t have to type it completely similar with them.

You can type it in several ways that you want. You can add the letters, change it into other letter or add something new, or you can also use capital letters to indicate that you are really really laughing out loud.

Below are several other ways to express wkwkwk and hahaha or laughing in Indonesia:

  • wkwk
  • wk
  • wkwkwkwkwkwkwkwk
  • wakakak
  • wakakakakkak
  • kkkkkkk
  • wekekek
  • wqwqwq
  • Hahahah
  • Hahaa
  • Haha
  • Hahahahahahahaha
  • ehehehe
  • Hehehehe
  • Ahahah
  • Etc

How to Pronounce wkwkwk and hahaha in Indonesian

If you see the word wkwkwk and hahaha, you may be really confused about the pronunciation. Actually, the pronunciation of wkwkwk is not really important in daily life. This is because you usually only use the word when typing, for example in social media and chatting application.

In real life, you can laugh at whatever style and pronunciation you want. You don’t have to have a laugh that sounds like “wkwkwk” or “hahaha” in real life. However, most people laugh sounds like “hahaha”.  

Why Indonesians use wkwkwk for hahaha

Using hahaha and wkwkwk in Indonesia is used to express laughing. However, most people not really laugh in real life when they type that. They usually use it to make the conversations more fun and less awkward.

People use wkwkwk more because it is more effective to make the conversation funnier. It is also considered to be more cool and cute word. Typing wkwkwk is also indicate we laugh harder than when we use hahaha.

There is also a theory that stated that wkwkwk is abbreviation from w ketawa (gue ketawa or aku ketawa or I’m laughing)

Read more about origin of other Indonesian words:

How to use wkwkwk in Indonesian daily conversations

Below are several examples on how Indonesian people use “wkwkwk” and “hahaha” in daily conversations:

  • Hahaha kamu lucu banget sih. Hahaha.. you are so funny..
  • Kartun ini lucu banget wkwkwk This cartoon is very funny lol.
  • WKWKWK masa sih? LOL are you sure?

That’s all about the answer to the question why do Indonesians use “wkwkwk” for “hahaha”? I hope the information will be helpful for all the readers.