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How to Say ‘Thank You’ in Various Languages

Updated on July 14, 2011

‘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

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.

My 5th hub in the 30-day October Hubchallenge.


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      joe 

      4 years ago

      Shukran. Its Arabic. Learned it when deployed to Iraq

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      Dottie 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for all the beautiful ways from other countries.

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      emievil 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Medasi Ashantina. Now I have another word to add to my list :).

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      Ashantina 

      7 years ago

      In Ghana, W Africa its 'Medasi'

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Nur_S.

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      Nur_S 

      8 years ago

      Hello emievil,

      I like this post :) Just to add one more, in Albanian, thank you is Faleminderit.

      I'm not Albanian, but my husband is, so I just thought that I'd share it with you ;)

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      Papa Sez 

      8 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      Hi emievil,

      Now I have something to teach my kids...thank you in various languages. We might integrate this lesson in our nightly gratitude ritual. You might want to check out my very first hub http://hubpages.com/hub/Thanksgiving-Every-Day, which is related to this topic on thankfulness. Salamat ng marami. ;-)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      You're welcome shanekruger.

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      shanekruger 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing interesting hub.

    • emievil profile imageAUTHOR

      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      You're very welcome =).

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      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      GREAT HUB!!!

      Salamat, Agyamanak, Xie Xie or Xie’ Xie’ Ni, Kam Sia, dankie, Grazias, Gracias ... hatur nuhun, Diolch for writing such cool hub! :D

    • emievil profile imageAUTHOR

      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Another word to add! Thanks AEvans. Learned a lot too from writing this hub and from comments such as yours =).

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      Julianna 

      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Diolch! My late father was Welsh and I am so glad that you compiled this list I even learned some new ones. It is always great to learn a new language. :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Salamat mtsi.

      Thanks Helen. Those are two profound words all right =).

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      Helen Cater 

      8 years ago from UK

      I just love this hub of yours. So bright and cheery. If you can say hello in all these languages it will get you off to a great start.

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      mtsi1098 

      8 years ago

      good reminder of a simple gesture...Salamat and Efxaristo again...

    • emievil profile imageAUTHOR

      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      wow thanks febriedethan. I think I missed fanning you. Appreciate those two thank you words. =)

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      febriedethan 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank You in Javanese (Central Java - Indonesia) : matur nuwun

      Thank You in Sundanese (West Java - Indonesia) : hatur nuhun

      Best regards :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the comment and the extra one Zsuzsy. I've added it along with those from Health Tip and gejin. =)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      emievil, great hub. Can I give you an extra one?

      Köszönöm in Hungarian

      regards Zsuzsy

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      thanks gejin. I'll add that.

      Wannabwestern, thanks for the comment. =)

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      danke and merci beaucoups for a fun thanksgiving-themed hub.

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hello, thanks for dropping by. I can always count on you to leave a very thoughtful comment. =)

      You're welcome Princessa. Thanks for reading my hub.

      Salamat BKCreative and creativeone =).

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Emievil, for all the ways to say thank in different languages. creativeone59

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true! - and so easy to do. How can we not make the effort as a guest in someone else's country?

      Gahm-sah-hahm-ni-da (I lived in S. Korea) for this hub!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      Nice hub that reminds us the importance of such a simple word. Thank you emievil !

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you can say so much and yet sometimes I feel, on odd occasion, it is not expressing enough the gratidute I feel. Thank you for your hub.

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      You're welcome and thanks for your very nice comment keira.

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      keira7 

      8 years ago

      Hello Emievil, what a lovly hub very nice. I hope that your work will inspire more people to say a small word like thank you, which mean a lot to some. Thank you so much Emievil for this beautiful hub. Take care and God Bless you.

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      =) CC

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      There is another way *smile* CC

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      You're welcome harris =). Or should I say way sapayan (in local language). =)

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      hdy 

      8 years ago from Texas

      duo xie!

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Salamat also Health Tip. I'll compile the new words and add them in one go =). *hugz* my friend.

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      HealthTip 

      8 years ago

      Here in Northern Ireland Thank You is just " Cheers Mate ".

      Enjoy yer weekend and salamat for being you ; )

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