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How to Say Thanks in Different Languages

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In the world, there are thousands of different languages, some well known, some not. That means that more than once, we will interact with someone who speaks another language. In the world, Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language, with English coming in second. When we interact with someone who speaks another language, we should still remember common courtesy, which includes thanking that person or that group. It is always good to know how to say thank you in different languages. If you know not another foreign word, you should know how to thank someone.


  1. Select the languages that you would like to say thank you in. There are about 20 common ones, and thousands of uncommon languages.
  2. Look in a book. If it's a common language you can look up the spellings and perhaps the phonology, in a book.  Saying the words with the phonemes of your language isn't saying them correctly, but it might be enough.  You could certainly find tapes, or other texts that make your approximation better by giving you an example of a  way to practice saying it.
  3. Consult an expert. If the language you are working with is uncommon, your translation will be  much harder to find.  You could try long distance telephone calls.
  4. Do a search on the internet, such go through all the languages you want. Or just simply say "Say thank you in foreign languages".



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      • Maltese: Grazzi
      • Swahili: Asante
      • Armenian: Shnorhakalutiun
      • Afrikaans: Dankie
      • A'Leamona: Gra al or Gra [pronounced grah or grah ahl]
      • Chinese: (Mandarin) Xie Xie (谢谢)(Pronounced: Shyeh Shyeh)
      • Czech: Dekuju/Dekujeme
      • Bosnian: Hvala
      • Croatian: Hvala
      • Khmer (Cambodian): Or Kun
      • Vietnamese: Cam On [pronounced: caam-ungh]
      • French: Merci
      • Finnish:Kiitos (sounds like: KEE-tos. Like "toast" without the last "t")
      • Bulgarian: Blagodariya
      • Italian: Grazie
      • Urdu: Shokriya [pronounced: shook-ree-ah]
      • Polish: Dziękuję
      • German: Danke (schön) - (dahn-kuh (shurn)
      • Spanish: Gracias
      • Greek: Euxaristo (efhar-ist-oh)
      • Lithuanian: Ačiū
      • Japanese: Arigatou [pronounced: A-rii-gah-to'] (informal)/Domo arigato gozaimasu [pronounced: A-rii-gah-to' goh-zae-mas] (formal)
      • Korean: Gomapsupnida [pronounced: go-mahp-soop-nee-dah]
      • Korean: Gamsahapnida [pronounced: gam-sa-ham-nee-dah]
      • Thai: Kop kun krap [if you're male]/ Kop kun ka [if you're female]
      • Dutch: Dank je [pronounced: Dannk yuhh]or Bedankt [pronounced: buh dannkt]
      • Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal, etc): Obrigado [if you're male]/ Obrigada [if you're female]
      • Kurdish: Spaas
      • Persian: Mamnoon
      • Lao: Khopjai
      • Tamil: Nandree
      • Slovak: Dakujem [dyock-we-em]
      • Slovene: Hvala (Thanks, thank you), Najlepša hvala (Thank you very much)
      • Hebrew: Todah
      • Danish: Tak
      • Icelandic: Takk Fyrir
      • Turkish: Teşekkür ederim (Thank You) Sağol (Thanks)
      • Nepali: Dhanyavaad (isn't said as frequently as a thank you in english)
      • Bengali: Dhonnobaad (written in Bengali similar to Hindi)
      • Hindi:  Dhanyavad or Shukriya
      • Mandarin Chinese: 谢谢 / Xiè Xiè (pronouce it: she'eh, she'eh (fast, and keep it short... don't draw out anything)
      • Arabic:  Shokrun
      • Tagalog: Salamat (po). (Thank you, (sir/madam.)) Maraming salamat (po).(Thank you very much, (sir/madam.)) Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. (Many thanks to all of you.)
      • English: Thank You
      • Malayalam: Nanni
      • Malay: Terima Kasih
      • Welsh: Diolch
      • Russian: Спасибо (sounds like spa-see-ba)
      • Romanian: Mulţumesc (Multzumesc)
      • Albanian: Faleminderit
      • Norwegian: Takk - thanks, Tusen Takk - thankyou very much(direct translation: thousand thanks)
      • Irish: Go raibh (míle) maith agat [sounds: gu rev (me-la) mah agh-ut] {means: (a million) thanks to you}
      • Punjabi: "Dhan Waad"
      • Filipino: "Salamat"
      • Romanian: Mulţumesc(pronounced mool-too-mesk)
      • Swedish: "Tack"
      • Telugu: "Dhanyavaadaalu" ; "Kruthagnathalu"
      • Buryat: hайн даа (pronounce it: hain daa)
      • Latin: Gratias tibi ago

      • Shona: Wazvita hako (singular), mazvita henyu (plural or respectfully)
      • Ndebele: Siyabonga

      • Sinhalese(Sri Lankan): "Sthuthi"

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