How To Say ‘Thank You’ In 20 Languages?
Thank You in Different Language
In English, we use thank you all the time and even have special times of the year when we emphasize how thankful we are (i.e., at Thanksgiving).
However, there are so many other ways to say thank you across cultures—here are 20 of them!
Arigatou is a Japanese word that can be translated to English as Thank you. This word is used in a wide variety of contexts, but it is most commonly used when somebody has done something for you, or when you appreciate something.
It can also be used as an expression of gratitude or thanks. One way to say thank you in Japanese is by saying arigatou gozaimasu.
A similar phrase in Indonesian is terima kasih atau terima kasih sekali lagi. In Malaysia, the equivalent term is terima kasih. In Armenian and some other languages, eskerrik asko means thank you.
Many people around the world learn another language because they want to experience another culture and meet new people.
Basic understanding of a foreign language can take many years to achieve. A foreign language like English may be difficult to learn because there are so many rules and exceptions to those rules that are difficult for a learner who doesn’t speak English natively.
Gracias (Spain & Latin America)
Gracias is a Latin American word that means thank you in Spanish. It’s also used in many other countries, including Spain and Latin America.
This word can be used for both formal and informal situations, so it’s not necessary to switch to another word if you want to be more formal or less formal.
Gracias is one of the most widely-used Spanish words by native speakers, so it would be a good choice for language learners to learn.
The way this word is pronounced will depend on where you are in the world, but it is often said with an s at the end (rather than an x).
Hvala vam (Slovenia)
Kop khun krup hap thai nok (Thailand)
Terima Kasih (Malaysia)
España gracias: España gracias is what Spaniards say when they’re thanking someone.
For example, Muy agradecido con tu ayuda would mean I’m very grateful for your help. Gracies es un buen lugar para aprender el español si estás empezando porque es muy común en la cultura hispana y tiene diferentes usos sociales.
Köszönöm (Köszi) (Hungary, Croatia, etc.)
Köszönöm is used in Hungarian, Croatian and some other languages of Hungary’s former territories. The word literally means I thank.
In Russian and Bulgarian this word can be translated as Благодарю which means Thank you.
In Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Slovenian it translates to Hvala, meaning Thanks.
To express your gratitude in Irish Gaelic, say Maith thú or Má tá go maith agat. The latter is more formal.
To say thanks in Esperanto use Ĝis la revido! Which translates to See you soon! Polish uses Dziękuję za pomoc, Turkish- Bizimle olmayı unutma, French – Merci de votre aide
Xie xie (China, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Malaysia)
Xie xie is a term of gratitude that is used in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Malaysia.
It means thank you or thank you very much. The term can be spelled as 万岁(Wànsuì) in Chinese characters.
Xie xie can also be translated to thank you very much in English. Some people may also say teşekkür ederim which translates to thank you from Turkey.
Turkish speakers often use this phrase for any type of thanks, whether it’s for kindness shown towards them or if they are showing appreciation for someone else’s accomplishment.
Turkish speakers will also sometimes use terima kasih which has similar meanings to thank you in Indonesian and Malay.
Some languages may have different ways of thanking someone, but they all have one thing in common: expressing their immense gratitude with some form of expression. Know the different languages spoken in China.
Shukran (Khoda Hafez, شكرا هدایتزمشی ) (Arabic countries & Iran)
Thanks is Arabic for Shukran, in Arabic culture and languages it is used as a universal word to express gratitude. شكرا هدایتزمشی له من و لديه من (Shukran Hoda zamshid minna walideena) translates to: Thank you, may God repay you with good in English.
Shukran means thank you in the Lebanese dialect of Arabic, and it’s also common across other Arab countries like Oman, Qatar, UAE and Syria.
In Iran, they use the same word Shukran but pronounce it slightly differently. It is still translated to thank you though and pronounced more similarly to shaw-kra-nahn.
Many Indonesians know Terima Kasih which means thank you or thanks very much, thanks a lot. For Malaysian speakers, say terima kasih which also has the meaning of thanks very much or thanks so much.
If someone says this phrase back to them then they should reply with terima kasih juga or terima kasih pun juga which both mean you’re welcome.
English speakers can say thank you by just saying the words thankyou while female speakers could say please and thank you at different points in time during an interaction when thanking someone.
Arigato gozaimasu (Domo arigato) (Thank you very much) (Japan, China, Korea & Philippines)
Arigato gozaimasu (Domo arigato) is a very polite expression for saying thank you in Japanese.
It literally means Thank you very much and is considered to be one of the most polite expressions that can be used.
The Chinese version of this phrase, thank you very much, uses both characters: 很感谢你。
The Korean version, 고맙습니다, shares more or less the same meaning as Arigato gozaimasu.
Lastly, Terima Kasih can also mean thank you in Indonesia and Malaysia.
How do you say thank you in Canada?
The word for thank you in Canada is merci. To say thank you very much in French, you would say merci beaucoup.
What language is Danke?
Danke means Thank you in German.
What can I say instead of thanks?
In English, we often say thank you to show our gratitude.