75 Ways to say “Thank You”

Posted by Maria on October 9, 2015 under Energy Healing, Gift Ideas, Life Coaching, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

“Thank you” is a very powerful thing to say in any language.

thank you!As Canadian Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the power of saying “thank you.” No matter what language(s) you speak, expressing your thanks and gratitude is transformational for everyone.

In Numerology, “thank you” becomes a “seven” which is all about “spiritual analysis” and I think being grateful is a spiritual practice, so it fits for me.

And on top of being spiritual in nature, research shows that saying “thank you” can also lower stress. According to the Institute of HeartMath, expressing genuine thanks also strengthens the heartbeat and improves the heart’s rhythm. It’s an energetic shift! When you are grateful, you veer away from the stress response and you activate the relaxation response (which I wrote about in my ebook, Creating Wellness) which promotes healing.

If your Thanksgiving weekend with your family starts to get stressful and you’d like to create a better connection with them, make a point of telling each person present, “thank you,” or I’m grateful to you for “_________”, or I appreciate this about you: “_________”, and see how that goes. You’ll start to notice the good in people more than what annoys you. Also, it just might cut the tension and boost everyone’s mood and make this the best Thanksgiving yet!

Knowing how to say “thank you” in several languages is a handy communication tool and I bet it’s one of the top five words or expressions you’ll learn when you travel to a foreign country and that’s why I’ve compiled this list of how to say thank you in 75 languages.

How to say Thank You in 75 languages:

1. AFRIKAANS (South Africa) – dankie – dahn-kee
2. ALBANIAN (Albania) – faleminderit
3. AMERICAN SLANG (USA) – cheers, kthx, kthxbye, much grass, pat on the back, shout-out, thx, TY.
4. ARABIC (Middle East, North Africa) – shukran – shoe-krahn
5. ARMENIAN (Armenia)– Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun – Shnorhakalut’yun
6. AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH (Australia) – ta (informal)
7. BELARUSIAN (Belarus) – dziakuju
8. BENGALI (India, Bangledesh) – Dhannyabad
9. BOSNIAN (Bosnia, Herzegovina) – hvala – HVAH-lah
10. BULGARIAN (Bulgaria) – благодаря – blagodaria
11. CANTONESE (China) – Mh’gōi – m-ghoh-ee
12. CANTONESE (China) – do jeh – daw-dyeh or tou yeh
13. CATALAN (Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia) – gràcies – GRAH-syuhs
14. CROATIAN (Croatia) – hvala – HVAH-lah
15. CZECH (Czech Republic) – děkuji – deh-ku-yih
16. DANISH (Denmark) – tak – tahg
17. DUTCH (Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname) – dank u
18. ENGLISH (Canada, UK, USA, etc.,) – thank you, thanks (informal)
19. ESPERANTO – Dankon
20. ESTONIAN (Estonia) – tänan – TA-nahn
21. FIJIAN (Fiji) – Vinaka
22. FINNISH (Finland) – kiitos – kee-toas
23. FRENCH (France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg) – merci – mehr-see
24. GERMAN (Germany, Austria. Switzerland) – danke – dahn-kah, danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you)
25. GREEK (Greece) – ευχαριστώ – efharisto – ef-har-rih-stowe
26. HAWAIIAN (Hawaii) – mahalo – ma-HA-lo
27. HEBREW – .תודה / toda – toh-dah
28. HINDI (India) – dhanyavād
29. HINDI, HINDUSTANI (India) – sukria – shoo-kree-a
30. HUNGARIAN (Hungary) – köszönöm – KØ-sø-nøm
31. ICELANDIC (Iceland) – takk – tahk
32. INDONESIAN (Indonesia) – terima kasih – t’ree-ma kas-she
33. IRISH (Ireland) – Go raibh mile maith agat – Go-Rev-Meela-Mah-Agut (literally, may you have a thousand good things)
34. ITALIAN (Italy, Malta, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia) – grazie – GRAHT-tsyeh
35. JAPANESE (Japan) – arigato – ahree-gah-tow
36. KINYARWANDA (Rwanda) – murakoze
37. KOREAN (Korea) – 감사합니다 – kamsa hamnida – kahm-sah-ham-nee-da
38. KURDISH (Kurdistan) – supas (thank you); zor supas (thank you very much)
39. KURDISH (Turkey, Iraq, Iran & Syria) – spas – *this one’s my favourite! :)
40. LAO (Laos) – khob chai
41. LATVIAN (Latvia) – paldies – PUHL-dyehs
42. LEBANESE (Labanon) – choukrane
43. LITHUANIAN (Lithuania)– ačiū – AH-choo
44. MACEDONIAN (FYROM, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) – Благодарам / blagodaram – blah-GOH-dah-rahm
45. MALAY (Malaysia) – terima kasih – TREE-muh KAH-seh
46. MANDARIN (China, Hong Kong) – xie-xie – syeh-syeh or shieh shieh
46. MICMAC, ALGONQUIAN (Canada & United States) – welalin
48. MONGOLIAN (Mongolia)– Баярлалаа – bayarlalaa
49. MYANMAR (Burma) – Jae Zu Din Pa De
50. NEPALI (Nepal) dhanyabad – Dhan-ya-vaad
51. NORWEGIAN (Norway)– takk – tahk
52. PERSIAN/FARSI (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) – Mam’noon or Mo’teshake’ram
53. POLISH (Poland) – dziękuję – dsyen-koo-yeh
54. PORTUGUESE (Portugal) – obrigado [masculine] – oh-bree-GAH-doh and obrigada [feminine] – oh-bree-GAH-dah
55. RUSSIAN (Russia) – спасибо – spasibo – spah-see-boh
56. SIGN LANGUAGE – Flat hand starts with fingertips on chin (palm facing in) then hand moves down and away from the signer.
57. SAMOAN (Samoa) – Fa’afetai – fah-ah-feh-ta-e
58. SCOTTISH GAELIC (Scotland) – Tapadh Leat – tah-puh let (Informal)
59. SINHAK (Sri Lanka) – istutiy – isst-too-tee
60. SLOVAK (Slovakia) – Ďakujem – JAH-koo-yehm
61. SPANISH (Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America) – gracias – gra-see-us
62. SWAHILI (Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) – asante – ah-sahn-the
63. SWEDISH (Sweden) – tack – tahkk
64. TAGALOG (Philippines) – salamat – sah-lah-maht
65. TAHITIAN (Tahiti) – Maururu
66. TAJIK (Tajikistan & Uzbekistan); TATAR (Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Finland & Turkey); UYGHUR (Xinjiang Uyghur, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan); UZBEK (Uzbekistan) – rahmat
67. TAMIL (India , Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia) – nandri – nun-dry
68. THAI (Thailand) – kop khun
69. TURKISH (Turkey) – teşekkür ederim – teh shek uer eh der eem
70. UKRAINIAN (*my mother tongue) (Ukraine) – Дякую – DYAH-koo-yoo
71. VIETNAMESE (Vietnam) – Kam ouen
72. WELSH (Wales/Cymru) – diolch – DEE-ol’ch
73. WEST INDIAN CREOLE (Carribean) – mèsi
74. YIDDISH (Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe) – a dank
75. ZULU (South Africa) – ngiyabonga

I hope you have a chance to practice many of these thank-you’s around your family’s Thanksgiving table this year! Thank you for your interest.

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