how to say thank you in different languages

How to Say Thank You in 25 Languages

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It’s a fact that learning to say a little (or a lot!) in the local language when you travel goes a long way. It can be as simple as saying “hello,” but when you’re traveling with kids, “thank you” is one of the most useful phrases ever – not only can your kids learn a little of the local language, but they learn some manners to go with it! It’s an easy phrase to practice. Bust out a thank you when you shop for souvenirs, or grab a bite to eat, or when you buy tickets to a museum. Here are 25ways to say “thank you” around the world!

Also, be aware there are often cultural issues wrapped up in language such as when you say thank you and which form you use. If you really want to dig in, there is usually a language rabbit hole to jump down if you so wish…but these simple forms of thank you below are a great starting point!

How to Say Thank You in 25 Languages

Arabic: Shukran (shoe-kran)

Croatian: Hvala (HVAH-lah)

Danish: Tak (tahg) or Mange tak (mahng-eh tahg)

Dutch: Dank u (dahnk oo) or Bedankt (beh-dankt)

English: Thank you very much, Thank you, or Thanks

Finnish: Kiitos (key-toss)

French: Merci (mehr-si) or Merci Beaucoup (mehr-si boh-coo)

German: Danke (dahn-kah)

Greek: Efharisto (ef-hah-rees-TOH)

Hawaiian: Mahalo (ma-HAH-lo)

Hebrew: Toda (toh-dah)

Icelandic: Takk (and it’s probably the easiest word in all of the Icelandic language so enjoy it!”

Indonesian: Terima kasih (Tur-EE-mah KAH-see)

Italian: Grazie (GRAHTS-yeh)

Japanese: Domo arigato (doh-mo ah-ree-GAH-toh) or just Domo in less formal situations

Korean: Kamsahamnida (KAM-sah-ham-NEE-da)

Mandarin: Xie xie (she-eh she-eh)

Norwegian: Takk (tahk) Tusen takk (too-sen tahk)

Portugese: Obrigado (oh-bree-GAH-dooh)

Russian: Spasiba (spuh-SEE-buh)

Spanish: Gracias (GRAH-syahs)

Swahili: Asante (ah-SAHN-tay)

Swedish: Tack (tahk) or Tack så mycket! (tahk so mee-kah) or Tusen tack (too-sen tahk). Tusen tack means “a thousand thanks” so it’s kind of a fun way to say thank you literally a lot!

Tagalog: Salamat (sa-LAH-mat)

Thai: Kop khun krup (cap coohn cub) or just Krup (cub)


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