How to Say “Thank You” in 100 of the World’s Most Spoken Languages

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Learn how to say "thank you" in 100 of the world's most spoken languages. It's a handy skill to have when you are traveling in foreign countries. Click to check them out now!
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It was on Siargao Island, the Philippines, when I got a flat tire while traveling by myself. It was a rural area without anyone around, and the driver dropped me off with a promise to return. I had no real option other than to wait on the side of the road, hoping it would work out. Within a few minutes a local family offered me a chair and started hanging out with me. 

“Thank you… I mean, Salamat!”

Their eyes brightened up and they seemed pleased that I was able to say “thank you” in their local language. 

A little gesture goes a long way, especially when you are on foreign land. I always make it a point to learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” in the local language, and that has helped me make friends with locals, blend into their culture and open up to wonderful adventures I wouldn’t have had otherwise. 

Maybe a weird flex but it’s also super cool to be able to say a phrase in multiple languages! Ready to learn? Here’s how you can say “thank you” in 100 of the world’s most spoken languages:

1. Mandarin    xièxie China, Taiwan, Singapore
2. Spanish gracias Hispanic America, Spain, United States, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Pacific islands
3. English thank you Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines
4. Hindi dhanyavaad   India, Fiji, Nepal
5. Arabic šukran North Africa, Western Asia (Middle East), East Africa
6. Portuguese  obrigada Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Timor-Leste
7. Bengali dhanyabaad                   Bangladesh, West Bengal (India), Tripura (India), Assam (India)
8. Russian spasibo Russia, former Republics of the Soviet Union, Mongolia
9. Japanese arigatō Japan
Tokyo things to do
In bustling Tokyo
10.  Punjabi meharbani Punjab region (India, Pakistan)
11. German danke Austria, Belgium (Eupen-Malmedy), Germany, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, South Tyrol (in Italy)
12.  Javanese matur nuwun Java (Indonesia)
13. Wu (Shanghainese) xia xia nòng Zhejiang, Shanghai, southern Jiangsu (eastern China)
14. Malay (Indonesian) terima kasih Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore
15. Korean gamsahamnida  North Korea, South Korea
16. Telegu  dhanyavadalu Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry (India)
17. Vietnamese cảm ơn Vietnam
18. French merci Belgium (Wallonia, Brussels), Canada (particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Eastern parts of Ontario), France, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, French Caribbean, French Polynesia, various islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
19. Marathi dhanyawad Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat (India)
20.  Tamil nandri Tamil Nadu, Karnataka (India), Puducherry (India), Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius
21.  Urdu shukriya India, Pakistan
22.  Persian (Farsi) merci Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
23.  Turkish teşekkürler Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria
24.  Cantonese dòjeh Guangdong (Canton), southern Guangxi (southern China), Hong Kong, Macau
25.  Italian  grazie Italy, Switzerland, San Marino
26. Thai    khàawp-khun Thailand
thailand budget
Floating temples of Thailand
27. Gujarati ābhāra India, Bangladesh, Fiji
28. Basque eskerrik asko Northern Spain
29. Minnan kám-siā Fujian, eastern part of Guandong (southeastern China), Hainan (southern China), Taiwan, Malaysia
30.  Polish dziękuję Poland, USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Belarus, western Ukraine, Lithuania, Czechia
31. Pashto  manana Afghanistan, Pakistan
32. Kannada dhanyavada Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (India)
33.  Malayalam  nandi Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mahé (India)
34.  Sundanese  hatur nuhun  Java (Indonesia)
35.  Chamorro  si yu’us ma’åse’  Austronesian language spoken mainly on the island of Guam, and also in the Mariana Islands
36.  Hausa na gode Nigeria
37.  Burmese cè-zù tin-ba-deh Myanmar
38. Oriya dhanyabaad Odisha (India)
39.  Armenian shnorhakalut’yun  Armenia, Georgia, and Russia
40.  Ukranian diakuju Ukraine
41.  Bhojpuri dhanvaad Bihar, Uttar Pradesh (India), Bara, Parsa (Nepal)
paragliding nepal
Paragliding Nepal
42. Tagalog salamat Manila and Northern Philippines
43. Yoruba e se (for an older person)/o se (for same age or younger)  Nigeria, Benin and Togo
44. Maithili dhanyabad Bihar, Jharkhand (India), eastern Tarai (Nepal)
45. Sindhi merharbani   Sindh (Pakistan and neighboring areas in India)
46.  Swahili asante Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
47. Uzbek  rahmat Uzbekistan
48. Amharic amesegnalaw Ethiopia
49.  Fula jaaraama West and Central Africa, from Senegal to Sudan
50.  Igbo  daalụ Nigeria
51.  Oromo galatoomi Ethiopia and Kenya
52.  Romanian mulţumesc Romania, Moldova
53.  Azerbaijani çox sağ olun Azerbaijan and Northern Iran
54. Manipuri/Meitei  thaagatchari North East India, Bangladesh, Myanmar
55.  Cebuano salamat Central and Southern Philippines 
56.  Dutch bedankt Belgium (Flanders, Brussels), Netherlands and Suriname
57.  Kurdish sipas dikim “Kurdistan”, northern Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria
58.  Serbo-Croatian hvala Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro
59.  Malagasy misaotra Madagascar
60.  Nepali dhanyabad Nepal and neighbouring areas, Sikkim (India)
61. Saraiki shukriya Sindh (Pakistan)
62.  Santali adi johar India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan
63.  Khmer arkun Cambodia
64.  Sinhalese stutiyi Sri Lanka
65. Bambara a ni kié Mali Mande language with about 3 million speakers in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ghana
66.  Assamese dhanyabad Assam (India)
67.  Madurese  matur nuwun Madura and Java (Indonesia)
Carefree days in Indonesia
68.  Somali mahadsanid Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Yemen
69.  Magahi dhanyavaad Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal (India)
70. Dogri dhanwaad Jammu and Kashmir (India)
71. Marwari dhanyawadh        Rajasthan (India) and Gujarat/Haryana (Pakistan)
72. Hungarian köszönöm Hungary and areas in neighbouring countries
73. Chewa zikomo Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
74. Greek efcharistó Greece, Cyprus, Albania
75. Akan/Twi meda wo ase Ghana,  Côte d’Ivoire
76. Khasi khublei Meghalaya and Assam states in India, Northeast

Bangladesh by the Khasi people

77. Kazakh rahmet Kazakhstan
78. Tswana ke a leboga Botswana and Zimbabwe
79. Hebrew toda Israel
80.  Zulu ngiyabonga South Africa, Lesotho
81.  Czech děkuju Czech Republic
82.  Kinyarwanda       murakoze Rwanda
rwanda things to do
Beautiful view of a park in Rwanda
83.  Konkani deu borem korum     Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra (India)
84. Sylheti dhonobad Northern Bangladesh and neighboring parts of India 
85.  Haitian Creole  mèsi Haiti
86.  Afrikaans  dankie South Africa, Namibia
87. Min Dong kan sia Fujian (Southeastern China)
88.  Ilokano agyamannak  Northern Luzon in the Philippines 
89.  Quechua sulpayki Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Argentina
90.  Kirundi urakoze Burundi and Uganda
91.  Swedish  tack  Sweden and Finland
akaslompolo finland
Snowy forests in Finland
92.  Hmong ua tsaug Laos and neighbouring areas
93. Shona waita Zimbabwe
94. Hiligaynon  salamat Western Visayas in the Philippines
95. Uyghur rahmat Xinjiang (Western China)
96. Balochi minnat vaaran’ Balochistan (province in Pakistan and Iran)
97. Belarusian  dziakuj Belarus
98. Mossi y barka Burkina Faso
99. Xhosa enkosi South Africa, Zimbabwe
100.  Bulgarian blagodaria  Bulgaria, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Greece, and Romania 
It's polite and fun to learn a few simple phrases in local language when traveling to a foreign country. Here's a list of "thank you" in 100 of the world's most spoken languages that could come in handy in situation you have not anticipated! #thankyou
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Within an hour the driver did come back on Siargao, but I’d hardly noticed since I was having such a nice little roadside hangout with the local family. It all started with ‘thank you.’

Has saying “thank you” in the local language been the ending of a beautiful travel story, or has it led you to a surprise adventure? Let me know in the comments!

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