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On politeness

October 20, 2014

 

I read this in another blog, World of Wanderlust (not Warcraft... heh), and I thought it was handy dandy, because it's always good to know how to say thank you wherever you may be. Below is a list of how to say thank you in 50 languages. Use them wisely and often!

 

 

AFRIKAANS – dankie

ALBANIAN – faleminderit

ARABIC – shukran

ARMENIAN – Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun

BOSNIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah) 

BULGARIAN – благодаря / blagodaria

CATALAN – gràcies (GRAH-syuhs) 

CANTONESE – M̀h’gōi 

CROATIAN – hvala (HVAH-lah)

CZECH – děkuji (Dyekooyih)

DANISH – tak (tahg)

DUTCH – dank u

ESTONIAN – tänan (TA-nahn)

FINNISH – kiitos (KEE-tohss)

FRENCH – merci

GERMAN – danke

GREEK – ευχαριστώ (ef-hah-rees-TOH)

HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-HA-lo) 

HEBREW – .תודה  / todah (toh-DAH) 

HINDI – dhanyavād / shukriya

HUNGARIAN – köszönöm (KØ-sø-nøm) 

ICELANDIC – takk (tahk) 

INDONESIAN – terima kasih. (tuh-REE-mah KAH-see) 

ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)

JAPANESE – arigatô (ah-ree-GAH-toh)

KOREAN – 감사합니다 (gamsahamnida) 

LATVIAN – paldies (PUHL-dyehs)

LEBANESE – choukrane

LITHUANIAN – ačiū (AH-choo)

MACEDONIAN – Благодарам / blagodaram (blah-GOH-dah-rahm) 

MALAY – terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh) 

MALTESE – grazzi (GRUTS-ee)

MANDARIN – Xièxiè

MONGOLIAN – Баярлалаа (bayarlalaa) 

NORWEGIAN – takk

POLISH – dziękuję (Jenkoo-yen)  

PORTUGUESE – obrigado [masculine]  / obrigada [feminine] (oh-bree-GAH-doo / oh-bree-GAH-dah) 

ROMANIAN – mulţumesc (mool-tzoo-MESK)

RUSSIAN – спасибо (spuh-SEE-buh) 

SERBIAN – xвала / hvala (HVAH-lah) 

SLOVAK – Ďakujem (JAH-koo-yehm) 

SLOVENIAN – hvala (HVAA-lah) 

SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs) 

SWEDISH – tack 

TAMIL – nandri

THAI – kop khun

TURKISH – teşekkür ederim (teh shek uer eh der eem) 

UKRAINIAN – Дякую (DYAH-koo-yoo) 

WELSH – diolch (DEE-ol’ch)

YIDDISH – a dank

ZULU – ngiyabonga

 

 

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