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Give Thanks in 30 Languages Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Archived Posts

‘Tis the season for being thankful. But you know what sounds a whole lot cooler than “thank you”? Merci, gracias, or takk. Spread a little multicultural gratitude this holiday season by learning 20 different ways to say “thank you.”


English Thank you
Arabic شكرا
Croatian Hvala
Danish Tak
Dutch Dank u wel
French Merci
German Danke
Greek Ευχαριστώ
Haitian Creole Mèsi
Hebrew  תודה
Hindi धन्यवाद
Hungarian Köszönöm
Indonesian Terima kasih
Irish Go raibh maith agat
Italian Grazie
Japanese ありがとう
Korean 감사합니다
Mandarin 谢谢
Norwegian Takk
Polish Dziękuję
Russian Cпасибо
Spanish Gracias
Swahili Asante
Swedish Tack
Tagalog Salamat pô
Thai ขอบคุณ
Turkish Teşekkür ederim
Urdu شکریہ
Vietnamese Cảm ơn
Zulu Ngiyabonga

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About the Author: meaghan

Meaghan is the Marketing Communications Manager at Transparent Language. She speaks enough French and Spanish to survive, and remembers enough Hausa to say "Hello my name is Meaghan, I'm studying Hausa." (But sadly that's it).


  1. Simona:

    Multumesc! ( romanian)

    • meaghan:

      @Simona Multumesc for adding to our list!

  2. Stuart:

    For the thirteen on that list I didn’t know, a sincere kia ora, as we say in Aotearoa.

  3. Ailís Nic Liam:

    One quick thing: “Go raibh maith agat” is correct in Irish if you’re only speaking to one person. If you’re speaking to more than one person, it’s “Go raibh maith agaibh.”

    • Transparent Language:

      @Ailís Nic Liam Thanks for the grammar tip! Very important distinction. 🙂

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