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How to Say ‘Thank You’ in 44 Languages

As a traveller, one of the main reasons we love to get out there and visit far off places, is to indulge our desire to experience cultures. And not speaking the language, or generally having a clue what’s going on, is all part of the fun!

‘Thank you’ is one of the most uttered phrases in any language, and of course you’re going to need to say it while you’re away too – just as much as you would back at home. Yes, you could just mutter it in English but wouldn’t it be great if you could loudly and proudly converse, even just a little bit, with the locals? They’d definitely appreciate it that’s for sure.

To make that a bit easier, I’ve spent the past 6 hours on Google compiling this list of ways to say ‘thank you’ in 44 languages. Take a look, soak it up, and then take to the comments box below to share any useful phrases of your own with would be travellers.

Mandarin

China, Malaysia Singapore, Taiwan

Xie xie (pronounced ‘shay shay’)

Spanish

Spain, South and Central America except Brazil

Gracias (as a general rule, it’s pronounced ‘gra-thee-ass’ in Spain and ‘gra-see-ass’ in South America)

Hindi

India

Shukria (pronunced suk-ri-yaa)
or dhanyawaad (pronounced ‘dhuhn-Ya-Vaad’)

Arabic

North Africa, Middle East

Shukran (pronounced ‘shook-ran’)

Portuguese

Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique

Obrigado (pronounced ‘ob-ree-gado’)

Bengali

Banglasdesh, India

Tōmākē dhan’yabāda (pronounced ‘dhon-no-baad’)

Russian

Russia, Israel, Mongolia

Spasiba (pronounced ‘spa-see-ba’)

Japanese

Japan

Arigatō (pronounced ‘ah-ree-gah-toe’)

Fijian

Fiji

Vinaka (pronounced ‘vin-a-ka’)

German

Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium

Danke (pronounced ‘dank-uh’)

Malay/Indonesian

Malaysia, Indonesia

Terima kasih (pronounced ‘tuh-ree-mah kah-see’)

Vietnamese

Vietnam

Cảm on (pronounced ‘gahm-uhn’)

Korean

North and South Korea

Komapsumnida (pronounced ‘gam-sa-hap-ni-da’)

French

France, Belgium, Canada, parts of Africa

Merci (pronounced ‘mair-see’)

Marathi

India

Dhanyawaad (pronounced ‘dhuhn-Ya-vaad’)

Tamil

India, Singapore, Malaysia Mautitius

Nandri (pronounced ‘nan-dri’)

Urdu

Pakistan, India

Shukria (pronounced ‘suk-ri-yaa’)

Turkish

Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria

Teşekkürler (pronounced ‘te-shek-kewr-lehr’)

Italian

Italy, Switzerland

Grazie (pronounced ‘gra-ziee’)

Cantonese

Hong Kong, China

M̀h’gōi (use this for when someone does something for you i.e when a waiter puts down your food. Pronounced ‘m-goi’)
Dōjeh (use this for when someone gives you something i.e a gift, or a lift somewhere. Pronounced ‘do-ze’)

Thai

Thailand

Khob-kun-Ka If you are a woman (pronounced kob-koon-ka)
Khob-kun-Krub If you are a man (pronounced kob-koon-kab)

Armenian

Armenia, Russia, Middle East

Shnorhakalut’yun (pronounced ‘shuh-nor-ha-ga-lu-tune’)

Gugarati

India, Bangladesh

Dhanyawaad (pronounced ‘dhuhn-ya-vaad’) or aabhar

Albanian

Albania

Falemnderit (pronounced ‘fah-lehm-meen-deh-reet’)

Polish

Poland

Dziękuję (pronounced ‘jen-ku-je’)

Burmese

Burma/Myanmar

Chezu tinbade (pronounced ‘chei-zu tin-bar-te’)

Romanian

Romania, Moldova

Mulţumesc (pronounced ‘mult-zoo-mesc’)

Kurdish

Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria

Sipas (pronounced ‘si-pas’)

Azerbaijani

Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran

Sag olun (pronounced ‘sa-olun’)

Visayan/Cebuano

Philippines

Salamat (pronounced ‘sal-amat’)

Dutch

Netherlands, Belgium

Dank je (pronounced ‘dahnk yuh’)

Serbo-Croatian

Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia

Hvala (pronounced ‘hvah-lah’)

Nepali

Nepal

Dhanyabaad (pronounced ‘dhan-naii-bat’)

Khmer

Cambodia

Ar kun (pronounced ‘aw-kunh’)

Somali

Somalia

Mahad sanid (pronounced ‘me-had sen-eed’)

Hungarian

Hungary

Köszönöm (pronounced ‘khoe-se-noem’)

Greek

Greece, Cyprus

Efcharisto (pronounced ‘ef-κha-ree-sto’)

Chichewa/Chewa

Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia

Zikomo (pronounced ‘zee-ko-mo’)

Hebrew

Israel

Toda (pronounced ‘toe-dah’)

Czech

Czech Rebublic

Děkuji (pronounced ‘dye-koo-yi’)

Zulu

South Africa

Ngiyabonga (pronounced ‘gi-ya-bong-ga’)

Hawaiian

Hawaii

Mahalo (pronounced ‘ma-ha-lo’)

Swedish

Sweden, Finland

Tack (pronounced ‘tack’)

Lao

Laos

Khawp jai (pronounced ‘kah-awb jai’)

Taa da! And there you have it, how to say thank you in 44 languages. Gracias for reading.Sign up to the blog and you won’t miss any post’s like this one ever again – we’ll tell you every time something new is posted!
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Showing 13 Comments

  1. ‘Gràcies’, would be in Catalan. Pronouced as: /gra-see-eh-s/ (the last “eh”, like something between /ah/ and /eh/).
    In some parts of northern Catalonia, they use the French ‘Merci’. :)

    572 days ago
  2. Also, I don’t speak Portuguese but I know for sure that ‘obrigado’ is only if you are a man. If you are a woman, you say ‘obrigada’. ;)

    I hope it helps!

    572 days ago
    • Lisa Crowther

      It certainly does help Curri. Thank you for setting the record straight, have a great day!

      571 days ago
    • Lize Martin

      Nice, I do speak Portuguese and you are right “obrigado” is for man, but women also say “obrigada and obrigado”.

      569 days ago
  3. Liene Vanaga

    Greetings from Baltic countries!
    “Paldies” in Latvian
    “Ačiū” in Lithuanian
    “Aitäh” in Estonian

    572 days ago
    • Lisa Crowther

      Greetings Liene, Paldies for sharing!

      571 days ago
  4. Peter Nimmo

    The Zulu pronunciation isn’t quite right above, it’s ni(knee)-ya-bonga, the the first g is silent :)

    571 days ago
    • Lisa Crowther

      Thanks for clarifying Peter :)

      571 days ago
  5. Hannah Clifford

    The serbo-croatian thank you ‘Hvala’ is also what is said in Slovenia for thank you.

    571 days ago
    • Lisa Crowther

      Thanks for the tip Hannah!

      571 days ago
  6. Raquel Madrid

    “Eskerrik asko” in Basque. Not sure about the phonetic transcription but…close to /es-’ke-reek/ /’as-koh/

    571 days ago
  7. P

    There are 2 different ways to say ‘thank you’ in korean

    Kamsahapnida (감사합니다) and
    Komapsumnida (고맙습니다).

    538 days ago
  8. Emma

    In IRISH it’s Go raibh maith agat.
    Pronounciation varies, but the easiest (Donegal-ish) that I know is ‘gurrah-my-uggat’

    79 days ago

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