I was making an omelette and I dropped an egg on the floor.
I said "Oops!" because of my mistake.
Is Chinese "哎呀" (Āiyā) the nearest equivalent?
From what I gather, 哎呀 seems like a "sound word" -- by which I mean you may not see "哎" or "呀" used in other words - they are really used as exclamations or interjections, and they are very instinctive , knee-jerk reactions.
Are there other Chinese expressions someone might shout if they made a mistake?
To be honest, I probably said "shit" or "damn", so I wonder if there are a list of Chinese interjections , some mild ("oops!") and some more profane ("fuck!")
(Though I suppose it would be obvious if I saw someone drop an egg and shout in Chinese -- even if I never heard it before!)