How to say Thank You in 50 languages

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Surviving in a country where English is not widely spoken (and you don’t speak the language) can be challenging at times. Perhaps the best word/phrase you can learn to show your willingness to learn is the old and faithful “thank you”. Here’s how to say thank you in 50 languages so you’ll never be stuck again!

AFRIKAANS – dankie
ALBANIAN – faleminderit
ARABIC – shukran
ARMENIAN – Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun
BOSNIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)
BULGARIAN – благодаря / blagodaria
CATALAN – gràcies (GRAH-syuhs)
CROATIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)
CZECH – děkuji (Dyekooyih)
DANISH – tak (tahg)
DUTCH – dank u
ESTONIAN – tänan (TA-nahn)
FINNISH – kiitos (KEE-tohss)
FRENCH – merci
GERMAN – danke
GREEK – ευχαριστώ (ef-hah-rees-TOH)
HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-HA-lo)
HEBREW – .תודה  / todah (toh-DAH)
HINDI – dhanyavād / shukriya
HUNGARIAN – köszönöm (KØ-sø-nøm)
ICELANDIC – takk (tahk)
INDONESIAN – terima kasih. (tuh-REE-mah KAH-see)
ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)
JAPANESE – arigatô (ah-ree-GAH-toh)
KOREAN – 감사합니다 (gamsahamnida)
LATVIAN – paldies (PUHL-dyehs)
LEBANESE – choukrane
LITHUANIAN – ačiū (AH-choo)
MACEDONIAN – Благодарам / blagodaram (blah-GOH-dah-rahm)
MALAY – terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh)
MALTESE – grazzi (GRUTS-ee)
MONGOLIAN – Баярлалаа (bayarlalaa)
POLISH – dziękuję (Jenkoo-yen)  
PORTUGUESE – obrigado [masculine]  / obrigada [feminine] (oh-bree-GAH-doo / oh-bree-GAH-dah)
ROMANIAN – mulţumesc (mool-tzoo-MESK)
RUSSIAN – спасибо (spuh-SEE-buh)
SERBIAN – xвала / hvala (HVAH-lah)
SLOVAK – Ďakujem (JAH-koo-yehm)
SLOVENIAN – hvala (HVAA-lah)
SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs)
SWEDISH – tack
TAMIL – nandri
THAI – kop khun
TURKISH – teşekkür ederim (teh shek uer eh der eem)
UKRAINIAN – Дякую (DYAH-koo-yoo)
WELSH – diolch (DEE-ol’ch)
YIDDISH – a dank
ZULU – ngiyabonga

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    The additional expressions for “Thanks” (not “thank you” I noticed one of two included that element.) I would like to add the expression that ought to precede the word of appreciation, “please.” As many comments indicate, knowing how to thank someone is good for personal relations. However, a word of “thanks” usually is connected to either a gift or a request. This expression in multiple languages might provide an even more welcome to an “outsider.”
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    October 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    In Romania and Bulgaria people say “merci”. It is non formal I guess but many many people use it everywhere so did I 🙂

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    In Malawi, the common language is Chichewa, we say Zikomo. In the eastern region, in Yao language, we say Asante, which is borrowed from KiSwahili (Yao language has alot of words borrowed from Swahili and Arabic). In the northern part of Malawi, in Tumbuka language, we say Yewo.

    August 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm

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    “Cam on” in Vietnamese 😀

    July 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    In Nigeria generally it’s thank you,but in the eastern part of the country it’s said DALU,in the west, Ese/Aagbabire in the north it’s Na gode.

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    I am surprised you didn’t include Irish. In Irish thank you is go raibh maith agat! 🙂

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    In Luxembourgish you also say “Merci”, the same as in French 😉

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    If it’s the only word you can remember as a traveller ‘thank you’ in whichever language is appropriate will always bring a smile.

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    It’s so nice that Lithuanian language is included in this list! Yay!!! and our “Ačiū” is like a sound of sneeze, that’s the easiest way to remember :))

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    They say Falla, not HVAH-lah

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    October 20, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Always handy 🙂

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    October 20, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I think I only knew about 5 or 6 of this… Eventhough “gracias” for this wonderful post 🙂

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    Filipino: Salamat!

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    I missed Basque language, euskera….We say “eskerrik asko”….Brilliant list,anyway!

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    October 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Great list!

    Also in South Africa: Ke a leboga

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    October 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Sorry, I meant to say “Thank You.” I went off on a tangent about Hello. I promise I read your list but it took a moment for my coffee to kick in while commenting way down the page. Hope you understand.

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    I love this. Though it’s so simple as a list of Hellos, I feel like so many people forget to just say it to strangers they meet on the street. Perhaps we’d all be a bit friendlier if we just greeted each other more often instead of closing ourselves off. Def sharing this.

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    In Thai it is:

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    While it is certainly polite to be able to say thank you in a number of languages, having lived during the past fifty years in five countries with different languages, I have found that the most useful phrase to know anywhere, is “I want”. It sounds selfish, and usually isn’t necessary for supermarket shopping, but think about the number of times a day we have to make our needs known. You can always point if you can see the thing, but if not, “I want” in the appropriate language, with a few gestures can get you a long way. Afterwards, a smile and a thank you in any language you know, even if it’s not the one you’re currently in, will be understood.

    October 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Thank you. This phrase should be common courtesy to our own lips always.

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    Oooo… What a great list, thanks heaps, saved a couple of those for my travels at the end of the year. 🙂 Cheers.

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    Does anyone know a source for Telegu? This is the language spoken in Andhra Pradesh state in India. I am traveling there next year and would like to learn a few basic phrases. Thanks.

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    Very useful list! It’s definitely nice to learn a few phrases from the country you’re visiting! 😀 x

    October 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I just loved to learn that, so interesting (and thank you to tell the two ways to say in portuguese).
    HENRY, I don’t know i you are going to read that, but you must say ‘obrigado’ if you are a man and ‘obrigada’ if you are a woman, it doesn’t matter who you are talking to.

    October 14, 2014 at 4:24 am

    It’s always important to try to speak the language of the country that you are in as well as to always thank people wherever you go!

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    October 13, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Just realised this list starts and ends with South African languages! Hee hee! Definitely a useful list – shared it when you first posted it but only actually read it now! 🙂

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    감사합니다! (Korean)

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    I’ve just started learning italian – loving it so far!

    October 11, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Hi Brooke ! 🙂

    I am one of your French readers. I just wanted to say hello as I read your blog every day and I really enjoy it ! You’re so lucky to be able to travel as much as you do. For now I am a 18 female student but I hope I’ll be able to do that one day. I also hope we can meet one day (I am also a good fan of Harry Potter so we have already that in common lol) !

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    Recently I’ve started to think about going on a solo travel next year when I have my summer vacation. I’ve worked a couple of weeks this summer and I saved my money just as you did. What country would you recommend to me ? I am tempted by India or Australia.

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    October 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Oh what a fun post! It’s good to learn a couple of basic phrases before traveling – even knowing how to say “do you speak English” in their language instead of in English usually gets people to respond nicer to you and be more patient with you.

    Some languages are hard though! Do you already know “thank you” and a couple of phrases in all these languages? Or do you still have to refresh yourself on the phrases even after so much traveling experience?

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    ooh i love this. great post!

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    Love this list, so handy for when on the go. Thanks!

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    That’s so useful! I love learning the basic sentence in every new country I ago. It’s always nice to say thank you!
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    I have quite a problem with thank you in Portuguese.
    When I asked a lot of people in Portugal, I got 2 different answers.
    1) If you are a woman and say Thank You to everybody , you say “obrigaga”.
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    2)If you are a woman or a man and say Thank You to a woman, you say obrigada,
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    Very good on Portuguese 🙂 Even some portuguese people don’t know the diference.

    I knew, besides on Portuguese, in Spanish, French, English, Romenian, German, Russian, Italian and Japonese 🙂

    October 10, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Awesome list! Here’s another tip. If you’re in Bulgaria and have trouble pronouncing “thank you” in Bulgarian, they usually say merci as slang–so your good!

    October 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    So cool that you wrote the pronunciation! This really is helpful.

    October 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    This is such an original post! Awesome! I think it’s nice to learn a few phrases in the language of the country you’re going to 🙂 xx

    October 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    In Holland we use the phrase ‘dankjewel’ more often!;-) Dank u is way to polite for the dutch hihi;-)

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    October 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Love you & your blog…but feel I have to correct you on one point – Lebanese is NOT a language! Took me awhile to get this myself – but after retiring here from the USA, to Beirut with my hubby who is Armenian-Lebanese, they are the people here in Lebanon and they speak Arabic….and French, and some Armenian – and like my spouse, English too! Crazy, right?

    Christie of The Butterfly Editions
    October 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I agree, making a little effort with the local language can make such a difference! That said, once I made a complete fool of myself after a few too many glasses of wine at a Thai restaurant and went to say thank you in Thai – ut it came out in Japanese! I was beyond mortified! haha

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    This is definitely something to keep handy when traveling!

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    Good list to keep handy!

    October 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Super cool, I relate to Russian, Lithuanian and Swedish

    October 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for specifing how we say thank you in Portuguese. Normally people just know ‘obrigado’