Saying "Thank You" in Different Languages

Thank you” is a polite phrase that we use when we are praised, offered services and given gifts or tokens... It is a universal expression of appreciation of things done to you. It would be great if we learn to say “thank you” in different languages.
The following are some ways to say "thank you" in various languages:

  • Afrikaans (Africa) - Dankie
  • Albanian - Faleminderit
  • Arabic - Sukran
  • Arabic - Shukran Gazillan (Thank you very much)
  • Armenian - shur-nur-ah-gah-lem
  • Australian - Thoinks, Moite!
  • Basque Country (between France and Spain) - Eskerrik asko (Thank you very much)
  • Bengali - Dhannyabad
  • Bulgarian - Blagodaria
  • Bosnia - Hvala
  • Burma(Myanmar) - Jae Zu Din Pa De (Thank you)
  • Cameroon (Duala) - Na som (thanks)
  • Cameroon (Duala) - Na som djita (Thank you very much)
  • Cantonese - M'goy (thank you for the service)
  • Cantonese - Do jey (thank you for the gift)
  • Catalonia (catalan) - gràcies [grah'-si-es] estandard
  • Catalonia (catalan) - moltes gràcies [many thanks]
  • Catalonia (catalan) - merci [mer'-si] very colloquial
  • Cherokee Nation - Wado (Thank you)
  • Cherokee (Eastern) - Skee (Thank you)
  • Chinese (Mandarin) - Xie_Xie (shieh shieh)
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Mh goi (m-ghoh-ee) (informal: thanks)
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Do jeh (tou yeh) (formal: thanks)
  • Cook Islander - Kia Manuia
  • Croatia - Hvala
  • Czech – Dekuji (deh'-ku-yih)
  • Danish - tak (tahg)
  • Dutch - dank U wel (dahnk you well) (formal: thank you very much)
  • Dutch - bedankt / dank je wel (dahnk ye well) (informal: thanks) --- WEL is 'good', like "I wish you well"
  • Dutch - Dank U zeer / duizend maal dank (thank you VERY much) --- A superlative and used when you get stuck in a thunderstorm, then lost, mugged, robbed, etc. And someone helps you. Only then. ZEER is 'very'. JE and U are 'you', but informal and formal. (Still alive in old English like in 'ye olde'). "Duizend maal" means a 'thousand times'.
  • Dutch - hartelijk dank (thanks from the heart) --- Another formal form used in contexts like: "thanks for coming/inviting" (to a wedding, birthday party) or when receiving a formal present.
  • English - Thanks awfully, old boy
  • Esperanto - Dankon (thank you)
  • Esperanto - Dankegon (thank you very much)
    Estonia - Aitäh
  • Ewe Togo (Africa) - Akpé (Appé)
  • Ewe Togo (Africa) - Apké na wo (Thanks to you)
  • Fijian - Vinaka
  • Fijiab - Vinaka vaka levu (Thank you very much)
  • Finnish - kiitos (kee'-toas)
  • Fon Benin (Africa) - Kpè nu wé
  • French - merci (mehr-see')
  • French - Merci Madame - Thanks (to a woman)
  • French - Merci Mademoiselle - Thanks (to a young girl)
  • French - Merci Monsieur - Thanks (to a man)
  • F.Y.R.O.M. (Macedonia) - Hvala
  • Gambia (Mandinka) - Abarka
  • Georgia(Sakartvelo) - madlobt (thank you)
  • Georgia(Sakartvelo) - didi madloba (thank you very much)
  • German - Danke (dahn'-kuh)
  • German - Danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you, outdated)
  • German - Danke sehr (Thank you very much)
  • German -Vielen Dank (Many Thanks)
  • Greek - Efharisto (ef-har-ris-tou')
  • Greek - Efkaristo poly
  • Guarani - Aguije (ah-we-JAY) native indian language of Paraguay and Western Brazil
  • Guinea (Mandinka) - Abarka
  • Gujarathi (India) - Aabar
  • Hawaiian - Mahalo
  • Hebrew - Toda (toh-dah')
  • Hebrew - Toda raba (thank you very much)
  • Hindi (India National Language) - Dhanyavaad
  • Hindi - Shukriyaa
  • Hungarian - Köszönöm (kuh'-suh-nuhm)
  • Icelandic - Þakka þér fyrir
  • Icelandic - Takk (informal)
  • Indonesian - Terima kasih (teh-ri-mah kah-sih)
  • Indonesian - Terima Kasih Banjak/Banyak (Both pronounced bunyuk - Thank you very much)
  • Iran (Persia) - Moteshakeram (formal)
  • Iran (Persia) - Merci (informal - just like french but r in this word is pronounced as /r/ )
  • Irish - Go raibh maith agat ( Thank you "Go - Rev - Mah - Agut") (literally, may you have good things)
  • Irish - Go raibh mile maith agat ( Thank you very much "Go - Rev - Meela - Mah - Agut") (literally, may you have a thousand good things)
  • Irish (Northern) - Nice one bro'r, or Cheers mucker!
  • Italian - Grazie (grahts'-yeh)
  • Italian - Grazie tanto (many thanks - cordial version)
  • Italian - Mille Grazie (a thousand thanks)
  • Japanese - Arigato (ah-ree-gah'-toh) or A_Ree_Ga_Tou_Go_Zai_Ma_Su
  • Japanese - Domo arrigato
  • Javanese - Matur nuwun
  • Jive - Thanks mon - Appropriate only if directed to a male
  • Kannada (India) - Dhan-ya-vaadaa (spoken in S India, in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.)
  • Konkani (West coast - Konkan coast of India - It also is the state official language of Goa) - Dev boren koru (thank you - literally means " May God do good to you" as that is the way we thank people. )
  • Korean - Kamsa hamaida (kam'-sah hum-nee-dah' )
  • Latvian - Paldies
  • Lithuanian - Achu
  • Luganda (Uganda) - Waybale (Thank you)
  • Luganda (Uganda) - Waybale Nyo (Thank you very much)
  • Malayalam (South Indian Language) - Nandi
  • Malayalam (India) - Nani
  • Malaysian - Terima Kasih ("Tay ree ma Kaa seh")
  • Mali (Mandinka) - Abarka
  • Mandinka - Abarka (language of West Africa; The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea and Mali)
  • Maori - Kia Manuia
  • Nepali -- (Nepal National Language) - Dhan-ya-vaad
  • New Zealand - Cheers - LOL
  • New Zealand - Kiaora Koe (NZ Maori)
  • New Zealand - Kiaora Korua (NZ Maori)
  • New Zealand - Kiaora Koto (NZ Maori)
  • New Zealand - Kiaora Tatou (NZ Maori)
  • Nigeria (Hausa) - Na gode
  • Norwegian - Takk (tahkk)
  • Oman - Shakkran
  • Palauan - soolong (Republic of Palau)
  • Paraguay (Guarani) - Aguije (ah-we-JAY)
  • Persian/Farsi - Mam'noon or Mo'teshake'ram (Spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries)
  • Philippines Tagalog - Salamat
  • Philippines - Maraming Salamat (thank you very much)
  • Polish - Dziekuje (dsyehn-koo-yeh)
  • Portuguese - Obrigada (Female)
  • Portuguese - Obrigado (Male) (oh-bree-gah'-doh)
  • Portuguese - Muito Obrigado (Thank you very much)
  • Portuguese - Muito Obrigado com Voce (have my personal thanks)
  • Punjabi [ Pakistan and India] - Bhala Hove
  • Qatar - Shakkran
  • Romanian - Multumesc (phonetic: mooltzoomeask)
  • Romanian - Va multumim frumos (great thanks)
  • Russian - Spasiba (spah-see'-boh)
  • Russian - Blagodaryu (a little official)
  • Russian - Premnogo blagodaren (my greater thanks - words said to bosses by workers)
  • Russian - Spasibo balshoye (big thanks)
  • Samoan - Fa'afetai (fah-ah-feh-ta-e - thank you)
  • Samoan - Fa'afetai tele lava (Thank you very much)
  • Samoan - Talofa
  • Saulteaux Indians (Manitoba, Canada) - Miigwech (meegweech)There are similar spellings in other native languages such as Cree, etc.
  • Scottish - Cheers
  • Scot's Gaelic (Informal) - Tapadh Leat (tah-puh let)
  • Scot's Gaelic (Formal) - Tapadh Leibh (tah-puh lave)
  • Scot's Gaelic (Many Thanks) - Moran Taing
  • Senegal (Mandinka) - Abarka
  • Serbo - Croat -Hvala
  • Slovakia – Dakujem (deh'-ku-yem)
  • South Africa - Dankie ("Dung-Key")
  • South Africa - Baie Dankie (thanks very much - "Buyer Dung-Key")
  • Spanish - Gracias (grah'-syas)
  • Spanish - Gracias a todos (Thank you all)
  • Spanish - Muchas gracias (thank you very much, literally: many thanks) --- While Dutch people scarcely use the superlative forms, the Spanish don't use the minimalistic forms much (mostly in informal context). In Spanish, when a flyer is shoved into your hands, its worth a 'gracias', you normally use 'muchas gracias'.
  • Spanish - Muchisimas gracias (thank you VERY much) - to someone who was useful to you.
  • Spanish - un millón de gracias (a million thanks) - for when someone saves your life.
  • Spanish (Latin America, informal) - Te pasastes. (informal)
  • Spanish (Latin America, informal) - Se pasó. (formal) Which means "You went over the line", or "thanks for going out of your way to help me". When used, it will get you a smile, guaranteed.
  • Sundanese - Nuhun
  • Sunda - Hatur Nuhun
  • Swahili - Ahsante (ah-sahn'-teh)
  • Swahili - Ahsante Sana (Thank you very much)
  • Swedish - Tack (tahkk)
  • Swedish - Tack så mycket
  • Tahitian - Maururu
  • Tamil (India) - Nandri ("Nun-dry" spoken in South India, Singapore, Malaysia)
  • Teenager -
  • Telungu (South Indian Language)- Manjuthe
  • Thai - Khob Khun Kha (Feminine)
  • Thai - Khob Khun Krab (Masculine)
  • Thai - Khop Khun Mak (Thank you very much)
  • Thai - Khop Khun Mak Kha (Feminine)
  • Thai - Khob Khun Mak Krab (Masculine)
  • Thai - Khob Pra Khun Kha (Formal feminine)
  • Thai - Khob Pra Khun Krab (Formal masculine)
  • Tibetan - Thuk Ji Chhe
  • Turkish - Tesekkurler ( teh-sheh-keur eh-deh-rim)
  • Turkish - Çok tesekkur ederim (big thanks)
  • Turkish - Saðol (thank you)
  • Turkish - Saðolun (thank you - "saol")
  • Turkish - Tesekkurler (thanks - "teshekkyurler")
  • U.S. & Canada - Thank You
  • United States (South) - Thanks y'all
  • Ukranian - Dyakuyu
  • Urudu (India) - Shukria
  • Urudu (India) - Bahut Bahut Shukriyaa
  • Urdu [Pakistan, India and Bangla Desh] - Maherbani
  • Urdu (Pakistan) - Shukria
  • Urdu (Pakistan) -Bahut Shukria ( Thank you very much)
  • Urdu (Pakistan) - Bahut Bahut Shukria ( Thank you very very much)
  • Uzbekistan (Uzbek) - Rahmat (Thanks)
  • Uzbekistan (Uzbek) - Katta Rahmat (Thanks a lot)
  • Vietnamese - Kam ouen
  • Wales/Cymru - Diloch yn fawr (thank you very much)
  • Wales/Cymru - Diolch (thanks)
  • Xhosa (Africa) - Nkosi
  • Yemen - Shakkran
  • Yiddish - A dank
  • Yiddish - Yasher Koach (KOY-ACH)
  • Yoruba - Modupe
  • Yugoslavia - Hvala
  • Zulu - Ngiyabonga

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2 Responses to “Saying "Thank You" in Different Languages”
  1. bevs says:

    You need these words during your gap year in Africa