Spasibo

How to Say Thank You

  • Afrikaans (Africa) – Dankie
  • Albanian – Faleminderit
  • Arabic – Sukran
  • Arabic – Shukran Gazillan (Thank you very much)
  • Armenian – shur-nur-ah-gah-lem
  • Australian – Thoinks, Moite!
  • Basque Country (between France and Spain) – Eskerrik asko (Thank you very much)
  • Bengali – Dhannyabad
  • Bulgarian – Blagodaria
  • Bosnia – Hvala
  • Burma(Myanmar)  – Jae Zu Din Pa De (Thank you)
  • Cameroon (Duala) – Na som (thanks)
  • Cameroon (Duala) – Na som djita (Thank you very much)
  • Cantonese – M’goy (sp? — thank you for the service)
  • Cantonese – Do jey (sp? — thank you for the gift)
  • Catalonia (catalan) – gràcies [grah'-si-es] estandard
  • Catalonia (catalan) – moltes gràcies [many thanks]
  • Catalonia (catalan) – merci [mer'-si] very colloquial
  • Cherokee Nation – Wado (Thank you)
  • Cherokee (Eastern) – Skee (Thank you)
  • Chinese (Mandarin) – Xie_Xie (shieh shieh)
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Mh goi (m-ghoh-ee) (informal: thanks)
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Do jeh (tou yeh) (formal: thanks)
  • Cook Islander – Kia Manuia
  • Croatia – Hvala
  • Czech – Dekuji (deh’-ku-yih)
  • Danish – tak (tahg)
  • Dutch – dank U wel (dahnk you well) (formal: thank you very much)
  • Dutch – bedankt / dank je wel (dahnk ye well) (informal: thanks) – WEL is ‘good’, like “I wish you well”
  • Dutch – Dank U zeer / duizend maal dank (thank you VERY much) – a superlative and used when you get stuck in a thunderstorm, then lost, mugged, robbed, etc. And someone helps you. Only then. ZEER is ‘very’. JE and U are ‘you’, but informal and formal. (still alive in old english like in ‘ye olde’). “Duizend maal” means a ‘thousand times’.
  • Dutch – hartelijk dank (thanks from the heart) Another formal form used in contexts like: “thanks for coming/inviting” (to a wedding, birthday party) or when receiving a formal present.
  • English – Thanks awfully, old boy
  • Esperanto – Dankon (thank you)
  • Esperanto – Dankegon (thank you very much)
    Estonia – Aitäh
  • Ewe Togo (Africa) – Akpé (Appé)
  • Ewe Togo (Africa) – Apké na wo (Thanks to you)
  • Fijian – Vinaka
  • Fijiab – Vinaka vaka levu (Thank you very much)
  • Finnish – kiitos (kee’-toas)
  • Fon Benin (Africa) -  Kpè nu wé
  • French – merci (mehr-see’)
  • French – Merci Madame – Thanks (to a woman)
  • French – Merci Mademoiselle – Thanks (to a young girl)
  • French – Merci Monsieur – Thanks (to a man)
  • F.Y.R.O.M. (Macedonia) – Hvala
  • Gambia (Mandinka) – Abarka
  • Georgia(Sakartvelo) – madlobt (thank you)
  • Georgia(Sakartvelo) – didi madloba (thank you very much)
  • German – Danke (dahn’-kuh)
  • German – Danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you, outdated)
  • German – Danke sehr (Thank you very much)
  • German -Vielen Dank (Many Thanks)
  • Greek – Efharisto (ef-har-ris-tou’)
  • Greek – Efkaristo poly
  • Guarani – Aguije (ah-we-JAY) native indian language of Paraguay and Western Brazil
  • Guinea (Mandinka) – Abarka
  • Gujarathi (India) – Aabar
  • Hawaiian – Mahalo
  • Hebrew – Toda (toh-dah’)
  • Hebrew – Toda raba (thank you very much)
  • Hindi (India National Language) – Dhanyavaad
  • Hindi – Shukriyaa
  • Hungarian – Köszönöm (kuh’-suh-nuhm)
  • Icelandic – Þakka þér fyrir
  • Icelandic – Takk (informal)
  • Indonesian – Terima kasih (teh-ri-mah kah-sih)
  • Indonesian  – Terima Kasih Banjak/Banyak (Both pronounced bunyuk – Thank you very much)
  • Iran (Persia) – Moteshakeram (formal)
  • Iran (Persia) – Merci (informal – just like french but r in this word is pronounced as /r/ )
  • Irish – Go raibh maith agat ( Thank you  “Go – Rev – Mah – Agut”) (literally, may you have good things)
  • Irish – Go raibh mile maith agat ( Thank you very much “Go – Rev – Meela – Mah – Agut”) (literally, may you have a thousand good things)
  • Irish (Northern) – Nice one bro’r, or Cheers mucker!
  • Italian – Grazie (grahts’-yeh)
  • Italian – Grazie tanto (many thanks – cordial version)
  • Italian – Mille Grazie (a thousand thanks)
  • Japanese – Arigato (ah-ree-gah’-toh) or A_Ree_Ga_Tou_Go_Zai_Ma_Su
  • Japanese – Domo arrigato
  • Javanese – Matur nuwun
  • Jive – Thanks mon – Appropriate only if directed to a male
  • Kannada (India) – Dhan-ya-vaadaa (spoken in S India, in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.)
  • Konkani (West coast – Konkan coast of India – It also is the state official language of Goa) – Dev boren koru (thank you – literally means ” May God do good to you” as that is the way we thank people. )
  • Korean – Kamsa hamaida (kam’-sah hum-nee-dah’ )
  • Latvian – Paldies
  • Lithuanian – Achu
  • Luganda (Uganda) – Waybale (Thank you)
  • Luganda (Uganda) – Waybale Nyo (Thank you very much)
  • Malayalam (South Indian Language) – Nandi
  • Malayalam (India) – Nani
  • Malaysian – Terima Kasih (“Tay ree ma Kaa seh”)
  • Mali (Mandinka) – Abarka
  • Mandinka – Abarka (language of West Africa; The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea and Mali)
  • Maori – Kia Manuia
  • Nepali — (Nepal National Language) – Dhan-ya-vaad
  • New Zealand – Cheers – LOL
  • New Zealand – Kiaora Koe (NZ Maori)
  • New Zealand – Kiaora Korua (NZ Maori)
  • New Zealand – Kiaora Koto (NZ Maori)
  • New Zealand – Kiaora Tatou (NZ Maori)
  • Nigeria (Hausa) -  Na gode
  • Norwegian – Takk (tahkk)
  • Oman – Shakkran
  • Palauan – soolong (Republic of Palau)
  • Paraguay (Guarani) – Aguije (ah-we-JAY)
  • Persian/Farsi – Mam’noon or Mo’teshake’ram (Spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries)
  • Philippines Tagalog – Salamat
  • Philippines – Maraming Salamat (thank you very much)
  • Polish – Dziekuje (dsyehn-koo-yeh)
  • Portuguese – Obrigada (Female)
  • Portuguese – Obrigado (Male) (oh-bree-gah’-doh)
  • Portuguese – Muito Obrigado (Thank you very much)
  • Portuguese – Muito Obrigado com Voce (have my personal thanks)
  • Punjabi [ Pakistan and India] – Bhala Hove
  • Qatar – Shakkran
  • Romanian – Multumesc (phonetic: mooltzoomeask)
  • Romanian – Va multumim frumos (great thanks)
  • Russian – Spasiba (spah-see’-boh)
  • Russian – Blagodaryu (a little official)
  • Russian – Premnogo blagodaren (my greater thanks – words said to bosses by workers)
  • Russian – Spasibo balshoye (big thanks)
  • Samoan – Fa’afetai (fah-ah-feh-ta-e – thank you)
  • Samoan – Fa’afetai tele lava (Thank you very much)
  • Samoan – Talofa
  • Saulteaux Indians (Manitoba, Canada) – Miigwech (meegweech) — there are similar spellings in other native languages such as Cree, etc.
  • Scottish – Cheers
  • Scot’s Gaelic (Informal) – Tapadh Leat (tah-puh let)
  • Scot’s Gaelic (Formal) –   Tapadh Leibh  (tah-puh lave)
  • Scot’s Gaelic (Many Thanks) – Moran Taing
  • Senegal (Mandinka) – Abarka
  • Serbo – Croat -Hvala
  • Slovakia – Dakujem (deh’-ku-yem)
  • South Africa – Dankie (“Dung-Key”)
  • South Africa – Baie Dankie (thanks very much – “Buyer Dung-Key”)
  • Spanish – Gracias (grah’-syas)
  • Spanish – Gracias a todos (Thank you all)
  • Spanish – Muchas gracias (thank you very much, literally: many thanks) While Dutch people scarcely use the superlative forms, the Spanish don’t use the minimalistic forms much (mostly in informal context). In Spanish, when a flyer is shoved into your hands, its worth a ‘gracias’, you normally use ‘muchas gracias’.
  • Spanish – Muchisimas gracias (thank you VERY much) – to someone who was useful to you.
  • Spanish – un millón de gracias (a million thanks) – for when someone saves your life.
  • Spanish (Latin America, informal) – Te pasastes. (informal)
  • Spanish (Latin America, informal) – Se pasó. (formal) Which means “You went over the line”, or “thanks for going out of your way to help me”. When used, it will get you a smile, guaranteed.
  • Sundanese – Nuhun
  • Sunda – Hatur Nuhun
  • Swahili – Ahsante (ah-sahn’-teh)
  • Swahili – Ahsante Sana (Thank you very much)
  • Swedish – Tack (tahkk)
  • Swedish – Tack så mycket
  • Tahitian – Maururu
  • Tamil (India) – Nandri (“Nun-dry” spoken in South India, Singapore, Malaysia)
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  • Telungu (South Indian Language)- Manjuthe
  • Thai – Khob Khun Kha (Feminine)
  • Thai – Khob Khun Krab (Masculine)
  • Thai – Khop Khun Mak (Thank you very much)
  • Thai – Khop Khun Mak Kha (Feminine)
  • Thai – Khob Khun Mak Krab (Masculine)
  • Thai – Khob Pra Khun Kha (Formal feminine)
  • Thai – Khob Pra Khun Krab (Formal masculine)
  • Tibetan – Thuk Ji Chhe
  • Turkish – Tesekkurler ( teh-sheh-keur eh-deh-rim)
  • Turkish – Çok tesekkur ederim (big thanks)
  • Turkish – Saðol (thank you)
  • Turkish – Saðolun (thank you – “saol”)
  • Turkish – Tesekkurler (thanks – “teshekkyurler”)
  • U.S. & Canada – Thank You
  • United States (South) – Thanks y’all
  • Ukranian – Dyakuyu
  • Urudu (India) – Shukria
  • Urudu (India) – Bahut Bahut Shukriyaa
  • Urdu [Pakistan, India and Bangla Desh] – Maherbani
  • Urdu (Pakistan) – Shukria
  • Urdu (Pakistan) -Bahut Shukria ( Thank you very much)
  • Urdu (Pakistan) – Bahut Bahut Shukria ( Thank you very very much)
  • Uzbekistan (Uzbek) – Rahmat (Thanks)
  • Uzbekistan (Uzbek) – Katta Rahmat (Thanks a lot)
  • Vietnamese – Kam ouen
  • Wales/Cymru – Diloch yn fawr (thank you very much)
  • Wales/Cymru – Diolch (thanks)
  • Xhosa (Africa) – Nkosi
  • Yemen – Shakkran
  • Yiddish – A dank
  • Yiddish – Yasher Koach (KOY-ACH)
  • Yoruba – Modupe
  • Yugoslavia – Hvala
  • Zulu – Ngiyabonga

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