How to Say Thank You in
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Thank you around the world

There's a way to say thank you in virtually all countries. Isn't it nice to know everyone is so polite?

Have you ever wondered how to say thank you in Chinese? Or maybe you know how to say it in Spanish but do you know how to spell it?  Well you're in luck because here you'll find thank you's for exactly 116 languages, in addition to English.

Maybe you don't have occasion to say "kam sah hamnida" in everyday conversation but it could be a nice touch in a thank you note. For example, say you're thanking a business associate from Japan for his time. You might not want to try translating your entire letter into Japanese, but you could always add "arigatô" at the end. Just don't get that mixed up with "obrigado" unless your business associate also speaks Portuguese.

in brown: phonetical transcription

LANGUAGE

TRANSLATION

AFRIKAANSdankie, dahn-kee
ALBANIANfaleminderit
ALSATIANmerci
ARABICshukran, shoe-krahn
TUNISIAN ARABICBarak Allahu fiik
ARMENIANchnorakaloutioun
AUSTRALIAN ENGLISHta (informal)
AZERIçox sag olun / tesekkur edirem
BAMBARAa ni kié
BASQUEeskerrik asko (southern basque) / milesker (northern basque)
BELARUSIANДзякую (dziakuju)
BENGALIdhanyabaad
BOBOa ni kié
BOSNIANhvala
BRETONtrugéré / trugaré / trugarez
BULGARIANmerci / blagodaria
BURMESE(thint ko) kyay tzu tin pa te
CATALANgràcies
CEBUANOsalamat
CHINESE, Cantonese do jeh, daw-dyeh
CHINESE, Mandarin xiè xie, syeh-syeh
CORSICANgrazie
CROATIANhvala
CZECHděkuji, deh-ku-yih
DANISHtak, tahg
DUTCHdank u wel / dank je wel
ESPERANTOdankon
ESTONIANtänan / tänan väga (thank you very much)
EWÉakpé
FAROESEtakk fyri
FIDJIANvinaka
FINNISHkiitos, kee-toas
FRENCHmerci, mehr-see
FRISIANdankewol
FRIULANgracie
GALICIANgracias / graciñas
GERMANdanke, dahn-kah
GREEKευχαριστώ, ef-har-rih-stowe
GUARANÍaguyjé
GUJARATIaabhar
HAITIAN CREOLEmèsi
HAWAIIANmahalo
HEBREWtoda, toh-dah
HINDIdhanyavad OR sukria, shoo-kree-a
HUNGARIANköszönöm
ICELANDICtakk
INDONESIANterima kasih, t'ree-ma kas-seh
IRISH GAELICgo raibh maith agat
ITALIANgrazie, gra-see
JAPANESEarigatô, ahree-gah-tow
KABYLIANtanemirt
KANNADAdhanyavadagalu
KHMERakun
KIRUNDImurakoze
KOREANkamsah hamnida, kahm-sah ham-nee-da
KOTOKOLIsobodi
KRIOtenki
KURDISHspas
LAOkhob chai (deu)
LATINgratias ago (from 1 person)
gratias agimus (from more than 1 person)
LATVIANpaldies
LEBANESEchoukrane
LITHUANIANaciu
LOW SAXONbedankt / dank ju wel
LUXEMBOURGEOISmerci
MACEDONIANblagodaram
MALAGASYmisaotra
MALAYterima kasih
MALAYALAMnanni
MALTESEniżżik ħajr / grazzi / nirringrazzjak
MARATHIaabhari aahe / aabhar / dhanyavaad
MONGOLIAN(Баярлалаа), bayarlalaa
NORWEGIANtakk, tahk
OCCITANmercé / grandmercé
PAPIAMENTOdanki
PERSIANmotashakkeram, mamnun (formal) / mochchakkeram, mamnun, mersi (informal)
POLISHdziękuję, dsyen-koo-yeh
PORTUGUESEobrigado (male speaking) / obrigada (female speaking), oh-bree-gah-doh (or dah )
ROMANInajis tuke
ROMANIANmulţumesc
RUSSIANспасибо, spah-see-boh
SAMOANfaafetai lava
SARDINIANgratzias
SCOTTISH GAELICtapadh leat (singular, familiar)
tapadh leibh (plural, respectful)
SERBIANhvala
SHIMAOREmarahaba
SHONAwaita (plural: maita)
SINDHImeharbani
SINHALAstuutiyi
SLOVAKdakujem
SLOVENIANhvala
SOBOTAhvala
SPANISHgracias or muchas gracias, gra-see-us or moo-chas gra-see-us
SWAHILIasante, ah-sahn-teh
SWEDISHtack, tahkk
TAGALOGsalamat po, sah-lah-maht poh
TAHITIANmauruuru
TAMILnandri; none-dree
TATARrahmat
THAIkop khun kha - woman speaking; kop khun krahp - man speaking
TIGRINYAyekeniele
TURKISHtesekkur ederim, teh-sheh-kur eh-deh-rim
UDMURTtau
UKRAINIANdiakuiu
URDUshukriya
WALOON ("betchfessîs" spelling)gråces / merci
thank you very much : gråces (merci) traze côps, gråces (merci) beacôp
WELSHdiolch
WEST INDIAN CREOLEmèsi
WOLOFdjiere dieuf
XHOSAenkosi
YIDDISHa dank
YORUBAo sheun

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