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  • fka
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Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« on: September 09, 2021, 06:49:33 pm »
My first "Why do Koreans..." thread!

This is a real question, though. The gasping and squeaking thing is quite unique to Korea,  unless someone is laughing so hard that they can't actually catch their breath. And it seems to be limited to women here.


  • Mr C
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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2021, 09:34:27 pm »
Maybe you're just that funny.


Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2021, 06:20:48 am »
I was just thinking about this the other day, lol. I've been noticing it a lot more lately. It's always been a kind of thing, but it feels a lot worse this year, almost as if someone had proclaimed it as being "cute" in a forum somewhere and now everyone's gotta do it.

I do hear older women doing this sometimes, but it's mostly younger women I notice, I think because it's so much more exaggerated with them. I typically hear it most when they're on dates, but it can happen anywhere at anytime.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2021, 06:42:42 am by Chinguetti »


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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2021, 07:09:37 am »
K-girls are hawt.


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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2021, 07:39:59 am »
My first "Why do Koreans..." thread!

This is a real question, though. The gasping and squeaking thing is quite unique to Korea,  unless someone is laughing so hard that they can't actually catch their breath. And it seems to be limited to women here.

Maybe you're just that funny.

I was just thinking about this the other day, lol. I've been noticing it a lot more lately. It's always been a kind of thing, but it feels a lot worse this year, almost as if someone had proclaimed it as being "cute" in a forum somewhere and now everyone's gotta do it.

I do hear older women doing this sometimes, but it's mostly younger women I notice, I think because it's so much more exaggerated with them. I typically hear it most when they're on dates, but it can happen anywhere at anytime.

K-girls are hawt.

printing and framing this exchange to hang on my wall. peak waygook right here

anyways, i havent noticed it personally (probably because i have headphones on 24/7) but like chinguetti said it must mainly be a thing with younger women because i haven't heard either of my co-teachers laugh like that


  • hangook77
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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2021, 09:15:13 am »
Don't they suck in air and go Aieee gahh or something like that?  Not sure what that's all about?  Just got to let folks do what they do.  You do you.  They do them. 


Also honorable mention to country old folks who exaggerate the "h" sound - "ㅎ" when speaking and going on a spiel (while speaking in Korean) about something.  It's pronounced deep, hard, and for a brief extended period to stress that sound while speaking.  "Hhhhhheuh"  or something like that.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2021, 09:17:23 am by hangook77 »


Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2021, 09:55:34 am »
Not sure about the others, but I'm referring to the very first laugh in this vid (also imagine it being louder and more repetitive and that's what I've been noticing more of this year):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Jqy9PlPag


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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2021, 10:03:41 am »
i feel like its also limited to a very specific kind of korean woman that laughs like this
more gg more skill


Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2021, 10:12:26 am »
Now I get it. Nearly like I imagined..a toy being squeezeed.


  • fka
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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2021, 10:27:00 am »
Not sure about the others, but I'm referring to the very first laugh in this vid (also imagine it being louder and more repetitive and that's what I've been noticing more of this year):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Jqy9PlPag

Yes, that's it. You can see it again at 00:14 and then again at 00:19. That last girl goes hardcore.

I recorded someone doing it in Hongdae station yesterday: https://freesound.org/people/K-squeak/sounds/586431/
Right at the beginning of the clip. She goes pretty hardcore too.

I'm not sure if this is a new phenomenon of if I just started noticing it recently. Would be interesting to know when those clips from the K-Pop compilation were filmed. There's clearly a pretty strong public performance element when young women go out YOLO-ing with their chingu, so I wonder if there's a certain message in this particular laugh.





Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2021, 11:52:11 am »
It might be an aegyo laugh. Is that a thing?

I bet it is.


Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2021, 12:45:06 pm »
Probably the same reason people snort when they laugh or wheeze.


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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2021, 01:35:59 pm »
The clapping hands thing is funny when they react to someone's "funny". Someone made a "joke" quick show your immediate appreciation by clapping your hands lightning quick like a madman.


Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2021, 01:38:01 pm »
I think waygook.org should have a stickied link to some similar forum where everyone comments on the things we do and how ridiculous we look to them.

"Why do they say 'like' every 5th word?"


  • Savant
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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2021, 01:50:02 pm »
I think waygook.org should have a stickied link to some similar forum where everyone comments on the things we do and how ridiculous we look to them.

"Why do they say 'like' every 5th word?"

T-R-I-G-G-E-R-E-D ALERT!!


  • JNM
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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2021, 07:32:12 pm »
I think waygook.org should have a stickied link to some similar forum where everyone comments on the things we do and how ridiculous we look to them.

"Why do they say 'like' every 5th word?"

Many cultures use filler words.

I am more of an “ah” guy myself.



Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2021, 08:15:11 pm »
K-girls are hawt.

But are they "smokin" hot?


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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2021, 01:02:56 am »
IMO a lot of Korean behavior is modeled on what they see on those "reality" TV shows. Not that the influence of such TV shows is restricted to Korea.


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Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2021, 05:57:42 pm »
If ANY poster makes a post that is shown to be objectionable, it should be deleted, independent of whether it is true or not.

We are to GET ALONG. The terms of service emphasizes cordiality not character assassination.

Let's talk, agree, disagree, but not be offended.


Re: Why do Korean women suck in air and squeak when they laugh?
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2021, 06:40:42 pm »
If ANY poster makes a post that is shown to be objectionable, it should be deleted, independent of whether it is true or not.

We are to GET ALONG. The terms of service emphasizes cordiality not character assassination.

Let's talk, agree, disagree, but not be offended.

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