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How Do You Say Thank You?

Youngblood Natural Cosmetics Every wonder how to say "Thank You" in other languages?  I recently asked folks to tell me how to say welcome in their native tongue.  Here are the results.  Now, you can print print this list, tape it to the door of your store as customers leave, and on the back side, tape the "Welcome" list as they enter.  Or, you could simply help us say thank you worldwide.
LANGUAGE COUNTRY Thank You
Afrikaans South Africa Baie Dankie (thanks very much - "Buyer Dung-Key")
Afrikaans South Africa Dankie  ("Dung-Key")
Albanian Albania Faleminderit
Alsatian Alsace  merci
Arabic Algeria saha
Arabic Middle East, North Africa Shukran
Arabic Middle East, North Africa Shukran Gazillan (Thank you very much)
Arabic Middle East, North Africa chokrane
Arabic Oman Shakkran
Arabic Qatar Shakkran
Arabic Tunisia Barak Allahu fiik
Arabic Yemen Shakkran
Armenian Armenia shur-nur-ah-gah-lem
Australian Australia Thoinks Moite!
Azeri Azerbaijan & Iran ox sag olun / tesekkur edirem
Bamanankan Mali a ni ki
Basque Basque (Between Spain & France) Eskerrik asko (Thank you very much)
Belarusian Belarus dziakuju
Bengali India,Bangledesh Dhannyabad
Bishlama Vanuatu tangio tumas
Bobo Burkina Faso a ni ki
Bosnian Bosnia, Herzegovina Hvala
Breton France (Brittany) trugr / trugar / trugarez
Bulgarian Bulgaria Blagodaria
Burmese Burma (thint ko) kyay tzu tin pa te
Cantonese China Do jeh (tou yeh) (formal: thanks)
Cantonese China Do jey (sp? -- thank you for the gift)
Cantonese China M'goy (sp? -- thank you for the service)
Cantonese China Mh goi (m-ghoh-ee) (informal: thanks)
Catalan Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia grcies [grah'-si-es] estandard
Catalan Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia merci [mer'-si] very colloquial
Catalan Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia moltes grcies [many thanks]
Cebuano Philippines salamat
Chechen Chechnya barkal
Cherokee USA Wado
Cherokee (Eastern) USA Skee
Chichewa Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique & Zimbabwe zikomo
Chuukese  Chuuk (formerly Truk), Micronesia Kinisou (kee-nee-SO) (thank you) and Kinisou chapur (kee-nee-SO jah-brrr [brrr as if you're cold]) ( thank you very much)
Cook Islander Cook Islands Kia Manuia
Corsican Corsica & Sardinia grazie
Croatian Croatia Hvala
Czech Czech Republic Dekuji (deh'-ku-yih)
Danish Denmark tak (tahg)
Dari Afghanistan tashakor
Dogon Mali gha-ana / birepo
Duala Cameroon Na som (thanks)
Duala Cameroon Na som djita (Thank you very much)
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname bedankt / dank je wel (dahnk ye well) (informal: thanks) - WEL is 'good', like "I wish you well"
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname dank U wel (dahnk you well) (formal: thank you very much)
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname Dank U zeer / duizend maal dank (thank you VERY much) - a superlative and used when you get stuck in a thunderstorm, then lost, mugged, robbed, etc. And someone helps you. Only then. ZEER is 'very'. JE and U are 'you', but informal and formal. (still alive in old english like in 'ye olde'). "Duizend maal" means a 'thousand times'.
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname hartelijk dank (thanks from the heart) Another formal form used in contexts like: "thanks for coming/inviting" (to a wedding, birthday party) or when receiving a formal present.
English Canada Thank you
English England Thanks awfully, old boy 
English New Zealand Cheers - LOL
English USA & Canada Thank you
English USA (Southern) Thanks y'all
Esperanto Eastern & Northern Europe, Eastern Asia, Brazil, Iran Dankegon (thank you very much)
Esperanto Eastern & Northern Europe, Eastern Asia, Brazil, Iran Dankon (thank you)
Estonian Estonia tnan / tnan vga (thank you very much); suur tnu or suur aith (Thanks a lot)
Estonian Estonia Aith
Ew Togo,Ghana Akp (App)
Ew Togo,Ghana Apk na wo (Thanks to you)
Fang Gabon, Cameroon & Equatorial Guinea akiba
Faroese Faroe Islands (Denmark) takk fyri
Fijian Fiji Vinaka
Fijian Fiji Vinaka vaka levu (Thank you very much)
Finnish Finland kiitos (kee'-toas)
Fon Benin Benin (Africa) Kp nu w
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg merci (mehr-see')
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg Merci Madame - Thanks (to a woman)
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg Merci Mademoiselle - Thanks (to a young girl)
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg Merci Monsieur - Thanks (to a man)
Frisian Denmark, Netherlands & Germany  dankewol
Friulan Italy (northeast Friuli) gracie
Gallo Upper Brittany & Normandy merkzi
Georgian Georgia(Sakartvelo) didi madloba (thank you very much)
Georgian Georgia(Sakartvelo) madlobt (thank you)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Danke (dahn'-kuh)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Danke sehr (Thank you very much)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Vielen Dank (Many Thanks)
Greek Greece Efharisto (ef-har-ris-tou')
Greek Greece Efkaristo poly
Guarani Paraguay and Western Brazil Aguije (ah-we-JAY)
Guaran andeva Paraguay  Aguije (ah-we-JAY)
Gujarathi India Aabar
Haitian Haitia msi
Hawaiian USA (Hawai) Mahalo
Hebrew Jewish People Toda (toh-dah')
Hebrew Jewish People Toda raba (thank you very much)
Hindi India Dhanyavaad
Hindi India Shukriyaa
Hunguan Philippines Ksznm (kuh'-suh-nuhm)
Iban Malaysia Terima Kasih ("Tay ree ma Kaa seh")
Icelandic Iceland Takk (informal)
Icelandic Iceland akka r fyrir
Indonesian Indonesia Terima kasih (teh-ri-mah kah-sih)
Indonesian Indonesia Terima Kasih Banjak/Banyak (Both pronounced bunyuk - Thank you very much)
Inupiat USA (Alaska) taiku
Irish Ireland Go raibh mile maith agat ( Thank you very much "Go - Rev - Meela - Mah - Agut") (literally, may you have a thousand good things)
Irish (Northern) Ireland (Northern) Nice one bro'r, or Cheers mucker!
Italian Italy, Malta, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia grazie
Japanese Japan Arigato (ah-ree-gah'-toh) or A_Ree_Ga_Tou_Go_Zai_Ma_Su 
Japanese Japan Domo arrigato
Japanese Japan Matur nuwun
Jive African American Vernacular English (AAVE) Thanks mon - Appropriate only if directed to a male
Kabylian Algeria tanemirt
Kannada India Dhan-ya-vaadaa (spoken in S India, in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.)
Khmer Cambodia akun
Kikongo Congo & Angola matondo
Kinyarwanda Rwanda murakoze
Kirundi Burundi, Tanzania, Congo-Kinshasa & Uganda murakoze
Konkani  India:(West coast - Konkan coast of India - It also is the state official language of Goa) Dev boren koru (thank you - literally means " May God do good to you" as that is the way we thank people. )
Korean Korea Kamsa hamaida (kam'-sah hum-nee-dah' )
Kotokoli Togo sobodi
Krio Sierra Leone tenki
Kurdish Kurdistan supas (thank you);zor supas (thankyou very much)
Kurdish Turkey, Iraq, Iran & Syria spas
Lao Laos khob chai (deu)
Latin Latium & Ancient Rome gratias agimus (from more than one person)
Latin Latium & Ancient Rome gratias ago (from one person)
Latvian Latvia Paldies
Ligurian Liguria (northern Italy) grassie
Lingala Congo-Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville, Angola & Central African Republic matondi
Lithuanian Lithuania Ačiū - Pronounced like „Ah“ (like „a“ in „last“) and „chew“ told together with stress on „Ah“
Lithuanian Lithuania Dėkoju - Pronounced like „deh“, „kOh“ (like „ca“ in „call“) and short „you“ told together with stress on „kOh“
Low saxon Germany & Netherlands bedankt / dank ju wel
Luganda Uganda Waybale (Thank you)
Luganda Uganda Waybale Nyo (Thank you very much)
Luxembourgeois Luxembourg merci
Macedonian FYROM (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) Hvala
Macedonian FYROM (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) Blagodaram
Malagasy Madagascar misaotra
Malayalam India Nandri ("Nun-dry"
Malayalam India terima kasih
Maltese Malta niżżik ħajr / grazzi / nirringrazzjak
Mandarin China, Hong Kong Xie_Xie (shieh shieh)
Mandinka Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Cte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Chad,  Abarka
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Koe
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Korua
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Koto
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Tatou
Maori New Zealand Kia Manuia
Marathi India (Maharashtra) aabhari aahe / aabhar / dhanyavaad
Marshallese Marshall Islands, Micronesia omol (koh-mohl) (thank you) and Komol Tata (koh-mohl dada) (thank you very much)
Mbalangwe Namibia Nali tumela (colloquial - also singular) - Twali tumela (formal .. also plural)
Micmac Canada & United States (Algonquian) welalin
Mongolian Mongolia bayarlalaa (Баярлалаа)
Myanmar Burma Jae Zu Din Pa De (Thank you)
Nepali Nepal Dhan-ya-vaad
Nigeria Hausa Na gode
Norwegian Norway Takk (tahkk)
Occitan Occitani (Southern France, Occitan Valleys of Italy, Monaco, and in Val d'Aran in Catalonia, Spain) merc / grandmerc
Ojibwe Canada & United States (Chippewa) miigwetch
Ossetian Ossetia (Caucasus Mountains) buznyg
Palauan Palau soolong
Papiamento Aruba, Bonaire & Curaao  danki
Pascuan Rapa Nui (a/k/a Easter Island) mauruuru
Pashto Afghanistan & Pakistan Manana
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Mam'noon or Mo'teshake'ram
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Moteshakeram (formal)
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Merci (informal - just like french but r in this word is pronounced as /r/ )
Pohnpeian Pohnpei, Micronesia Menlau (men-low [as in loud]) (thank you)
Polish Poland Dziekuje (dsyehn-koo-yeh)
Portuguese Portugal Muito Obrigado (Thank you very much)
Portuguese Portugal Muito Obrigado com Voce (have my personal thanks)
Portuguese Portugal Obrigada (Female)
Portuguese Portugal Obrigado (Male) (oh-bree-gah'-doh)
Punjabi Pakistan & India Bhala Hove
Quechua South America sulpy
Romani (Gypsy) Europe najis tuke
Romanian Romania, Moldova, Vojvodina (Serbia), Mount Athos (Greece) Multumesc (phonetic: mooltzoomeask)
Romanian Romania, Moldova, Vojvodina (Serbia), Mount Athos (Greece) Va multumim frumos (great thanks)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Blagodaryu (a little official)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Premnogo blagodaren (my greater thanks - words said to bosses by workers)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Spasiba (spah-see'-boh)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Spasibo balshoye (big thanks)
Samoan Samoa Fa'afetai (fah-ah-feh-ta-e - thank you)
Samoan Samoa Fa'afetai tele lava (Thank you very much)
Samoan Samoa Talofa
Sardinian Italy (Sardinia) gratzias
Saulteaux Indians Canada (Manitoba) Miigwech (meegweech) 
Scottish Scotland Cheers
Scottish Gaelic Scotland Moran Taing (Many Thanks)
Scottish gaelic Scotland tapadh leibh (plural, respectful)
Scottish Gaelic Scotland Tapadh Leat (tah-puh let) (Informal)
Scottish Gaelic Scotland Tapadh Leibh  (tah-puh lave) (Formal)
Serbo-Croatian Serbia, Croatia Hvala
Sesotho South Africa ke ya leboha
Shimaore Comorian islands of Mayotte Marahaba
Shona Zimbabwe & Mozambique waita (plural: maita)
SiLozi Namibia Ni itumezi (colloquial - also singular) - Luitumezi (formal .. also plural)
Sindhi Pakistan meharbani
Sinhala Sri Lanka stuutiyi
Slovakian Slovakia Dakujem (deh'-ku-yem)
Sobota Slovenia Hvala
Somali Somalia waad mahadsantahay
Spanish Latin America (formal) Se pas. (formal) Which means "You went over the line", or "thanks for going out of your way to help me". When used, it will get you a smile, guaranteed.
Spanish Latin America (informal) Te pasastes. (informal)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Gracias (grah'-syas)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Gracias a todos (Thank you all)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Muchisimas gracias (thank you VERY much) - to someone who was useful to you.
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America un milln de gracias (a million thanks) - for when someone saves your life.
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Muchas gracias (thank you very much, literally: many thanks)
Sundanese Indonesia (Sunda) Hatur Nuhun
Sundanese Indonesia (Sunda) Nuhun
Swahili Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Ahsante (ah-sahn'-teh)
Swahili Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Ahsante Sana (Thank you very much)
Swedish Sweden Tack (tahkk)
Tagalog Philippines Maraming Salamat (thank you very much)
Tagalog Philippines Salamat
Tahitian Tahiti Maururu
Tajik Tajikistan & Uzbekistan rahmat
Tamazight North Africa tanmirt
Tamil India , Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia Nandri ("Nun-dry"
Tatar Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Finland & Turkey rahmat
Telugu India dhanyavadalu
Telungu India (South) Manjuthe
Thai Thailand Khob Khun Kha (Feminine)
Thai Thailand Khob Khun Krab (Masculine)
Thai Thailand Khob Khun Mak Krab (Masculine)
Thai Thailand Khob Pra Khun Kha (Formal feminine) 
Thai Thailand Khob Pra Khun Krab (Formal masculine) 
Thai Thailand Khop Khun Mak (Thank you very much)
Thai Thailand Khop Khun Mak Kha (Feminine)
Tibetan Tibet Thuk Ji Chhe
Tigrinya Eritrea yekeniele
Tohono o'odham USA (Arizona) & Mexico (Sonora) m-sapo
Tok Pisin Papua New Guinea Tenkyu (thank you); Tenkyu tru (Thank you very much)
Toraja Indonesia kurre sumanga
Turkish Turkey ok tesekkur ederim (big thanks)
Turkish Turkey Saol (thank you)
Turkish Turkey Saolun (thank you - "saol")
Turkish Turkey Tesekkurler ( teh-sheh-keur eh-deh-rim)
Udmurt Udmurtia (Russia) tau
Ukrainian Ukraine Dyakuyu
Urdu India Bahut Bahut Shukriyaa
Urdu Pakistan & India Bahut Shukria ( Thank you very much)
Urdu Pakistan & India Shukria
Urdu Pakistan, India & Bangla Desh Maherbani
Uyghur Xinjiang Uyghur, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan rahmat
Uzbek Uzbekistan Katta Rahmat (Thanks a lot)
Uzbek Uzbekistan Rahmat (Thanks)
Vietnamese Vietnam Kam ouen
Welsh Wales/Cymru Diloch yn fawr (thank you very much)
Welsh Wales/Cymru Diolch (thanks)
West indian creole Carribean msi
Wolof Senegal, Gambia & Mauritania djiere dieuf
Xhosa South Africa Nkosi
Yaqui USA (Arizona) & Mexico (Sonora) kettu'i
Yiddish Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe A dank
Yiddish Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe Yasher Koach (KOY-ACH)
Yoruba Nigeria, Benin, Togo Modupe
Yugoslavian Yugoslavia Hvala
Zulu South Africa Ngiyabonga
Zulu South Africa ngiyabonga kakhulu (thanks very much)

 

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