Expressing Gratitude in Over 25 Languages

Posted on 11/22/2012

Language

Spelling

Pronounciation

Africaans

dankee

dahn-kee

Arabic

shukran

shoe-krahn

Chinese, Cantanese

do jeh

daw-dyeh

Chinese, Mandarin

xie xie

syeh-syeh

Czech

dêkuji

deh-ku-yih

Danish

tak

tahg

Finnish

kiitos

kee-toas

French

merci

mehr-see

German

danke

dahn-kah

Greek

efharisto

ef-har-rih-stowe

Hawaiian

mahalo

ma- hollow

Hebrew

toda

toh-dah

Hindi, Hindustani

sukria

shoo-kree-a

Italian

grazie

gra-see

Japanese

arigato

ahree-gah-tow

Korean

kamsa hamnida

kahm-sah=ham-nee-da

Norwegian

takk

tahk

Philippines (Tagalog)

salamat po

sah-lah-maht poh

Polish

dziekuje

dsyen-koo-yeh

Portuguese

obrigado

oh-bree-gah-doh

Russian

spasibo

spah-see-boh

Spanish

gracias

gra-see-us

Sri Lanka (Sinhak)

istutiy

isst-too-tee

Swahili

asante

ah-sahn-the

Swedish

tack

tahkk

Thai

kawp-kun krap/ka’

kowpkoom-krahp/khak

Turkish

tesekkür ederim

teh-sheh-kur=eh-deh-rim

Vietnamese

cam O

caam-ungh

* source – Dr. Robyn Silverman

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