Oy! Owch! Itai!

Published 30th May 2011
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Oy! Owch! Itai!

What do you say when you hurt yourself? It may not have occurred to you that people in different countries say ‘owch’ 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:

Arabicأخ (Aakh!)
Bahasa IndonesiaSakit!
Chinese哎哟 Aiyo!
哎呀 Aiya!


Japaneseいたい! (いたっ!いったっ!いったたたっ!いって~)
Itai! (Ita! Itta! Ittatata!)
MalteseAjma! (Ay-ma!)
Persianآخ or واخ (pronounced aakh and vaakh, respectively)



Tagalog (Philippines)Aray!
Thaiโอ้ย Oy!


Urdu/Gujarati/HindiOh baa!

Oh maa!
(Gujarati): Oh baaprey!

So maybe the next time you stub your toe while 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!


Oy! Owch! Itai!

¿Qué dices cuando algo te duele? Puede que no se te haya ocurrido pensar que la gente en distintos países dice ‘owch’ de manera diferente – ¡esta no es la clase de vocabulario que los los profesores te enseñan cuando estás aprendiendo un idioma extranjero! Hace poco me encontré con esta excelente lista de expresiones de dolor, que indica lo que se dice en los diferentes países cuando uno se hace daño.

Aquí la tenéis:

Árabeأخ (Aakh!)
Bahasa IndonesiaSakit!
Chino哎哟 Aiyo!
哎呀 Aiya!


Japonésいたい! (いたっ!いったっ!いったたたっ!いって~)
Itai! (Ita! Itta! Ittatata!)
MaltésAjma! (Ay-ma!)
PersaWi! (pronounced like the games console)



Tagalog (Filipinas)Aray!
Tailandésโอ้ย Oy!


Urdu/Gujaratí/HindiOh baa!

Oh maa!
(Gujaratí): Oh baaprey!

Así que tal vez la próxima vez que te tropieces en el extranjero, te gustaría probar una de estas nuevas palabras. ¡Si conoces la palabra para “owch” en un idioma que no figure en esta lista, por favor, compártelo con nosotros!


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