Thank you in different Language

Yes, I see a lot of spreading of good deeds.  And I still feel we need more… Thank You in 20 Different Languages and why it’s important to spread the word.

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If you’re embarking on an international adventure—or if you just want to be prepared to say “thanks” to anyone you meet in life—it’s good to learn how to say “thank you” in different languages.

Or, maybe you’re just curious about what the rest of the world is up to. Learning about these expressions of gratitude will satisfy that multilingual craving.

1. Arabic: شكرا (shukraan)

While this is the more general “thank you” in standard Arabic, you can get a little more specific and say شكرًا لك (shukraan lak) when talking to a male or شكرًا لكي (shukraan laki) when talking to a female. It’s not a necessity to add those words, but it’s a nice touch.

2. Mandarin: 谢谢 (xiéxié)

This is the main way to say “thank you,” but you can also use 多谢(duōxiè), which is the equivalent of “thanks a lot,” to amplify the gratitude.

3. French: Merci

Short and sweet is the basic French word for thanks, merci. You may hear people thank one another with merci mille fois, which equates to “a thousand thanks.”

4. German: Danke

If someone offers you something, it’s better to use bitte when accepting. Dankein that context, may give off the impression that you’re declining the offer.

5. Italian: Grazie

You can add emphasis by saying grazie mille, but be warned that this can sometimes be perceived as sarcasm!

6. Japanese: ありがとう (arigatou)

Use this “thank you” with family and friends, but not with someone of a higher social status, like your teacher or your boss. For them, you may use the slightly more polite ありがとうございますいます (arigatou gozaimasu).

7. Korean: 고마워 (gomawo)

Use this informally. To show respect to strangers or those of a higher status, add  (yo) to the end. With someone of a higher social status, you’ll be safer using 감사합니다 (gamsahabnida) which is much more respectful.

8. Portuguese: Obrigado

Obrigado is used when spoken by a man, while women use obrigada. Choose the proper word ending according to your own gender!

9. Russian: Cпасибо (spasibo)

You may also use Большое спасибо (bolshoe spasibo) or, when trying to show immense gratitude, огромное спасибо (ogromnoye spasibo).

10. Spanish: Gracias

It seems that most of the world’s inhabitants are already familiar with the Spanish word for “thank you,” gracias. There’s also muchas gracias or muchísimas gracias for even more emphasis.

11. Cantonese: 唔該 (m̀h gōi)

You generally use this when thanking someone for an act or service, while 多謝 (dòjeh) is used to thank someone for a gift or compliment.

12. Dutch: Dank je

If speaking formally, it’s better to use dank u wel.

13. Finnish: Kiitos

This is the most common way of thanking someone, but you can use kiitos paljon in cases where you’re extremely grateful to someone.

14. Greek: ευχαριστώ (efcharistó)

It’s also acceptable to pat your chest with one hand as a small gesture conveying your thanks.

15. Hindi: धन्यवाद (dhanyavaad)

This is quite a formal way of thanking someone. You can use शुक्रिया(shukriya) which is informal. Although as mentioned earlier in our discussion of gratitude in Indian culture, we don’t recommend using either of these liberally.

16. Hawaiian: Mahalo

You may choose to say mahalo nui loa, which means “thank you very much.” This word has a rich interesting history worth reading about!

To understand the Koana or hidden meaning of Mahalo one must examine the roots of the word. 


  • MA– in this case means “within”
  • HA– refers to the “breath of life” or “Divine breath of life”
  • ALO– means “in the presence of”



The complete translation including the hidden meaning reads. “Thankful to be in the presence of the divine breath of life” It both recognizes the divine breath in ones self and the individual one is thankful for.

17. Icelandic: Takk

This is a common way of saying “thank you,” but you may also use Þakka þér fyrir, which means “thank you very much.”

18. Polish: Dziękuję Ci

You can also use a simple dzięki (thanks) or dziękuję bardzo, the latter of which means, “thank you very much”

19. Romanian: Mulţumesc

This is common, but you can also use îți mulțumesc which is informal.

20. Swedish: Tack

It’s quite common to say tackar (thanking) or tack så mycket (thanks so much), the latter of which is just slightly more formal but still quite casual.


There you have it! You’re now ready to receive all manner of nice things and express your appreciation and gratitude no matter where you where.

Just remember that it’s not always about what you say, but what you do that matters and the intent behind it.

It’s the thought that counts!

references: retrieved 03/03/2019 at 11:09 am