How to Say ‘Thank You’ in Various Languages
‘Thank you’ – two words that can mean a lot to so many people.
Thank you may mean a simple gesture of appreciation. It can also convey feelings of happiness and wonder to the other person. Saying thank you may also mean that the speaker will always remember what the receiver (of the words) had done for him / her. Thank you can also give the receiver of these words the feeling like he or she is on top of the world. Whether the words are complete (thank you) or just simple thanks or ‘Tnx’ or ‘TY’ (as we sometimes use here), these two words can pack a lot of punch and bring out a lot of smiles from the young and old alike.
In honor of the words “thank you”, giving thanks and the occasion of the Thanksgiving Day (in the US), I have compiled a list of how to say thank you in various languages. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed compiling them and trying to say them out loud.
Thank You in Four Languages
Filipino / Tagalog – Salamat
Filipino / Ilocano – Agyamanak
Chinese (Mandarin) – Xie Xie or Xie’ Xie’ Ni
Chinese (Hokkien – Taiwan) – Kam Sia
Africa – dankie
Spanish (Aragon) – Grazias
Spanish – Gracias
Portuguese (informal) – Obrigado / Obrigada
Japanese – dōmo arigatō
Italian – grazie / molte grazie
French – Merci
German – Danke (Dahnk-uh)
Danish – Tak
Dutch – Dank U
Hawaiian – Mahalo
Greek – Efxaristo / Efharisto
Hebrew – Toda
Irish – Go raibh maith agat (for one person); Go raibh maith agaibh (for many persons)
Thai – khob-kun-ka (if the speaker is a woman); khob-kun-krub
Bahasa Indonesia / Malay – Terima Kasih
Korean – gahm-sah-hahm-ni-da
Russian – spasiba
Swahili – Asante
Laos – Khwap jai / Khob chai lai lai
Welsh – diolch
Scottish Gaelic – Tapadh Leat
Vietnamese - Cám ơn
Welsh – Diolch
Slovak – Dakujem
Serbian – Svala
Here are more ways to say thank you, courtesy of some of my favorite hubbers:
Hungarian – Köszönöm
Hindi (an Indian language) – Dhanyavad or Sukriya
Northern Ireland – Cheers Mate
Javanese (Central Java - Indonesia) - matur nuwun
Sundanese (West Java - Indonesia) - hatur nuhun
Welsh - Diolch
Albanian - Faleminderit
Ghana, West Africa - Medasi
Links to Thank You in Various Languages
How to express your thanks and say you're welcome or the equivalent in many languages.
- "Thank you" in many languages
And that’s it. There are more, lots more. But I limited the translations to just thirty. If you speak another language and have a different version of the words ‘thank you’, why not leave me a note below and I’ll update my list? Ciao and cheers!
Note: Although care has been taken to ensure that the translations above are accurate, some errors may have occurred unknown to this writer. Please feel free to correct me if you see any such errors. Thank you.
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