How to Say Thank you in Over 120 Languages

Last Updated on April 20, 2022

In February 2000, the International Mother Language Day was started with the view of promoting cultural and linguistic diversity. The International Mother Language Day is a day to not only celebrate your native tongue but also learn a phrase or two from a foreign language.

There are more than 6,900 officially-documented languages in the world, which comprise both distinct languages and dialects of the same language. Now, that’s a whole lot of foreign languages to learn in one lifetime. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll be interested in learning all of these languages, which is a great thing considering that only a handful of them are popularly used worldwide.

Saying “thank you” isn’t just a polite way to express gratitude. It’s also one of the best ways to get introduced to a foreign language.

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We’ve compiled a list of how to say “Thank You” in more than 100 popular languages around the world.

  1. AFRIKAANS – Dankie (dahn-kie)
  2. AKAN/TWI – Meda wo ase
  3. ALBANIAN – Ju faleminderit (fah-lehm-meen-DEH-reet)
  4. ALGERIAN – Faleminderit
  5. ARABIC – Shukran/ (shoe-kraan)
  6. ARAGONESE – Grazias
  7. BALINESE – Suksma (Suks-maa) or Terima kasih (Tur-EE-mah KAH-see)
  8. BALOCHI – Minna vaaran’
  9. BASQUE – Eskerrik asko
  10. BAVARIAN/AUSTRIAN GERMAN – Dankschee
  11. BHOJPURI – Dhanvaad
  12. BODO – Sabaikor or Hambaiswi
  13. BOSNIAN – Hvala (HVAH-lah)
  14. BRAZILIAN PORTUGUEESE – Obrigado (oh-bree-GAH-doo) said by a male or Obrigada (oh-bree-GAH-dah) said by a female
  15. BRETON – Trugarez
  16. BULU – Akeva
  17. CATALAN – Gràcies (GRAH-syuhs)
  18. CEBUANO – Salamat
  19. CHAMORO – Si yu’us ma’åse’
  20. CHICHEWA – Zikomo
  21. CHINESE CANTONESE -Do jeh (daw-dyeh)
  22. CHINESE MANDARIN – Xie xie (shieh-shieh)
  23. CORSICAN – Grazie (GRAHTS-yeh)
  24. CROATIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)
  25. DANISH – tak (tahg)
  26. DOGRI – Dhanwaad
  27. DUTCH – Dank u (dahnk oo) or Dankjewel (dahnk-uh-wel)
  28. DZONGKHA – Kadrin chhe
  29. ENGLISH – Thank you
  30. ESPERANTO – Dankon
  31. ESTONIAN – tänan (TA-nahn) or aitäh
  32. FIJIAN – Vinaka (Vee-Nah-Kah)
  33. FINNISH – kiitos (KEE-tohss)
  34. FRENCH – merci (MEHR-see)
  35. FRISIAN – Dankewol
  36. FULA – Jaaraama
  37. GERMAN – danke (dahn-kah)
  38. HAITIAN CREOLE – Mesi/anpil (meh-SEE/on-PEEL)
  39. HAUSA – Na gode
  40. HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-HA-lo)
  41. HILIGAYNON – Salamat
  42. HMONG – Ua tsaug (Oua jow)
  43. HOPI –Askwali
  44. HUNGARIAN – köszönöm (KØ-sø-nøm)
  45. ICELANDIC – takk (tahk)
  46. IGBO – Daalu
  47. ILOKANO – Agyamannak
  48. INDONESIAN – terima kasih. (tuh-REE-mah KAH-see)
  49. INUKTITUT – Naqurmiik (Nak-urm-eek)
  50. IRISH – Go raibh maith agat (GUH ROH MAH ug-ut)thank you for advices utc
  51. ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)
  52. JAPANESE – arigatô (ah-ree-GAH-toh)
  53. JAVANESE – Matur nuwun
  54. KHASI – Khublei
  55. KINYARWANDA – Murakoze
  56. KIRUNDI – Urakoze
  57. KONKANI – Deu borem korum
  58. KURDISH – Spas dikim
  59. KYRGYZ – Rakhmat (rah-maat)
  60. LATIN – Gratias tibi
  61. LATVIAN – paldies (PUHL-dyehs)
  62. LEBANESE – choukrane
  63. LIMBURGISH – Dankewaal
  64. LINGALA – Melesi
  65. LUGANDA – Webale
  66. LUXEMBOURGISH – Merci (MEHR-see)
  67. MAGAHI – Dhanyavaad
  68. MAITHILI – Dhanyabad
  69. MALAGASY – Misaotra (meesh-OW-truh)
  70. MALAY – terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh)
  71. MALAYALAM – Nandi (nanni)
  72. MALTESE – grazzi (GRUTS-ee)
  73. MANIPURI/MEITEI – Thaagatchari
  74. MAORI – Kia mihi
  75. MARWARI – Dhanyawadh
  76. MIKMAK – Welálin
  77. MIN DONG – Kan sia
  78. MORÉ – Barka
  79. MOSSI – Y barka
  80. MURATHI – Dhanyawada (Dhan-ya-bad-a)
  81. NEVAJO – Ahéhee’
  82. NORTHERN SOTHO – Ke a legoba
  83. NORWEGIAN – takk
  84. OJIBWE – Miigwetch
  85.  ORIYA – Dhanyabaad
  86. OROMO – Galatoomi — singular or Galatoomaa — plural
  87. PORTUGUESE – obrigado [masculine]/obrigada [feminine] (oh-bree-GAH-doo / oh-bree-GAH-dah)
  88. QUECHUA – Sulpayki
  89. SAMOAN – Fa’afetai
  90. SCOTTISH GAELIC – Tapadh leat/leibh (TAH-puh let/leave)
  91. SESOTHO – Ka e laboga
  92. SHONA – Ndinotenda
  93.  SINDHI – Merharbani
  94. SINHALA – Istutiy (isst-too-tee)
  95. SLOVENIAN – hvala (HVAA-lah)
  96. SOMALI – Mahadsanid (maHAD SaNid)
  97. SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs)
  98. SUNDANESE – Hatur nuhun
  99. SWAHILI – Asante (ah-sahn-teh)
  100. SWATI – Ngiyabonga (Nni-ya-bonga)
  101. SWEDISH – tack
  102. SWISS GERMAN – Dankeschön
  103. SYLHETI – Dhonobad
  104. TAGALOG FILIPINO – Salamat po (sa-LAH-maht poh) – formal or Salamat (sa-LAH-maht) – informal
  105. TAMIL – nandri
  106. TARIFIT – Choukrane (shok-run)
  107. TAWAINESE HOKKIEN – Xie xie ni (shh-yeah shh-yeah nee)
  108. THAI – kop khun
  109. TONGA – Tualumbamulti generation people collecting garbage with a utc
  110. TSALAGI CHEROKEE – Wado
  111. TSONGA – Ndza Khensa
  112. TSWANA – Ke a leboga
  113. TURKISH – te?ekkür ederim (teh shek uer eh der eem)
  114. UYGHUR – Rahmat
  115. UZBEK – Rahmat (RAH-mat)
  116. WELSH – diolch (DEE-ol’ch)
  117. XHOSA – Enkosi
  118. YIDDISH – a dank
  119. YOCUBA – Balika
  120. YORUBA – E dupe
  121. ZULU – ngiyabonga (Nn-i-ya bong-ga)
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Conclusion

Well, there you have it. If you ever find yourself in a country or region where any of the above languages is predominantly spoken, remember to say “thank you” in the local language. It’s an excellent way to blend in with the locals. A piece of advice – ensure you get the pronunciations right.