Fun Ways to Say Thank You

Saying “Thank you” to someone orally and in writing are among the most powerful two words in all languages.  Why not use it more often? There isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t appreciate hearing these words as an expression of appreciation, respect, and courtesy. In fact, I believe that if people were to say it more often to each other, we would all have a better sense of well being.The following is a list of languages showing how to say “Thank you” in various languages.  The next time you are interacting with someone who speaks another language or comes from another country, have fun showing your savvy by thanking them in their own language.I am Chinese American of Cantonese ancestry.  People either say Dah Jeh (Cantonese) or Shyeh Shyeh (Mandarin) to me, which I really appreciate.So, whether you are at work, at home, or out and about, first develop the habit of saying “Thank you” often, and then how to say it in many languages.  I guarantee you will have made a tremendous stride toward becoming better friends.  Print out this list and keep it handy at your desk or someplace visible to look up easily when the opportunity arises.  I have mine pinned on a board in my office.   Also, here’s something to try this next week.  Pay attention to the number of times you say thank you in a day and as you go through the week, keep trying to up the number.  By the end of just one week you will be on your way toward developing a great habit that will fill you life with great things.

Thank You in Languages from A to Z

  • Afrikaans: Dankie
  • Albanian: Faleminderit
  • Alsatian: Merci
  • A’Leamona: Gra al or Gra [pronounced grah or grah ahl]
  • Arabic: Shokrun (pronounced Shoe-krahn
  • Armenian: Shnorhakalutiun
  • Bengali: Dhonnobaad (written in Bengali similar to Hindi)
  • Bosnian: Hvala
  • Bulgarian: Blagodariya
  • Buryat (Mongolian people): Hain daa
  • Chinese (Mandarin):  Xie Xie (pronouced: shyeh shyeh. Say it fast and keep it short)
  • Chinese (Cantonese):  Daw Jeh
  • Croatian: Hvala
  • Czech: Dekuju/Dekujeme
  • Danish: Tak
  • Dutch: Dank je (pronounced: dannk yuhh) or Bedankt (pronounced: buh dannkt)
  • English: Thank You
  • Filipino: Salamat
  • Finnish: Kiitos (pronounced: KEE-tos. Like “toast” without the last “t”)
  • French: Merci
  • German: Danke (dahn-kuh)
  • Greek: Euxaristo (efhar-ist-oh)
  • Hebrew: Todah
  • Hindi: Dhanyavad or Shukriya
  • Icelandic: Tack Fyrir
  • Irish: Go raibh (míle) maith agat [pronounced: gu rev (me-la) mah agh-ut]. It means: (a million) thanks to you.
  • Italian: Grazie
  • Japanese: Arigatou (informal; pronounced: A-rii-gah-to’) Domo arigato gozaimasu (formal; pronounced: A-rii-gah-to’ goh-zae-mas)
  • Khmer (Cambodian): Or Kun
  • Korean: Gamsahapnida (pronounced: gam-sa-ham-nee-dah)
  • Korean: Gomapsupnida (pronounced: go-mahp-soop-nee-dah)
  • Kurdish: Spaas
  • Lao: Khopjai
  • Lithuanian: Ači
  • Malay: Terima Kasih
  • Maltese: Grazzi
  • Nepali: Dhanyavaad (isn’t said as frequently as a thank you in English)
  • Norwegian: Takk
  • Persian (Iran): Mamnoon
  • Polish: Dziękuję
  • Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal, etc): Obrigado [if male] and Obrigada [if female]
  • Punjabi: Dhan Waad
  • Romanian: Mul umesc (pronounced: mool-too-mesk)
  • Russian: Спасибо (pronounced: spa-see-ba)
  • Slovak: Dakujem (pronounced: dyock-we-em
  • Spanish: Gracias
  • Swahili: Asante
  • Swedish: Tack
  • Tagalog (Filipino): Salamat (po) (sir/madam)
  • Tamil: Nandree
  • Telugu: Dhanyavaadaalu; Kruthagnathalu
  • Thai: Thai: Kop kun krap (if male) Kop kun ka (if female)
  • Turkish: Teºekkür ederim
  • Urdu: Shokriya (pronounced: shook-ree-ah)
  • Vietnamese: Cam On (pronounced: caam-ungh)
  • Waloon (Belgian community): Merci
  • Welsh: Diolch (mam) Amino (sir)
  • West Indian Creole:  M si
  • Xhosa:  Enkosi
  • Yiddish: A dank
  • Yoruba:  O Sheun
  • Zulu:  Ngiyabonga (literally means : I give thanks)

Here’s another site if you want to view how to say Thank you in more than 465 languages… at

Question of the Month: In what other languages do you know how to say “Thank You.”  Share them with our viewers by submitting them to the list in the below area.

Happy Practicing!

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