As a traveler, one of the main reasons we love to get out there and visit far off places, is to indulge our desire to experience cultures. Honestly, not speaking the language, or generally having a clue what’s going on at all, is part of the fun!

Yes, you could just mutter “Thank You” in English but wouldn’t it be great if you could loudly and proudly converse, even just a little bit, with the locals? They’d definitely appreciate it that’s for sure.

To make that a bit easier, I’ve spent the past 6 hours on Google compiling this list of ways to say ‘thank you’ in 44 languages. Take a look, soak it up, and then take to the comments box below to share any useful phrases of your own with would be travelers.

Mandarin – China, Malaysia Singapore, Taiwan

Xie xie (pronounced ‘shay shay’)

Spanish – Spain, South and Central America except Brazil

Gracias (as a general rule, it’s pronounced ‘gra-thee-ass’ in Spain and ‘gra-see-ass’ in South America)

Hindi – India

Shukria (pronunced suk-ri-yaa) or dhanyawaad (pronounced ‘dhuhn-Ya-Vaad’)

Arabic – North Africa, Middle East

Shukran (pronounced ‘shook-ran’)

Portuguese – Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique

Obrigado (pronounced ‘ob-ree-gado’) for a man.
Obrigada (pronounced ‘ob-ree-gada’) for a woman.

Bengali – Banglasdesh, India

Tōmākē dhan’yabāda (pronounced ‘dhon-no-baad’)

Russian – Russia, Israel, Mongolia

Spasiba (pronounced ‘spa-see-ba’)

Japanese – Japan

Arigatō (pronounced ‘ah-ree-gah-toe’)

Fijian – Fiji

Vinaka (pronounced ‘vin-ya-ka’)

German – Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium

Danke (pronounced ‘dank-uh’)

Malay/Indonesian – Malaysia, Indonesia

Terima kasih (pronounced ‘tuh-ree-mah kah-see’)

Vietnamese – Vietnam

Cảm on (pronounced ‘gahm-uhn’)

Korean – North and South Korea

Komapsumnida (pronounced ‘gam-sa-hap-ni-da’) or kamsahamnida (‘kam-sam-nee-dah)

French – France, Belgium, Canada, parts of Africa

Merci (pronounced ‘mair-see’)

Marathi – India

Dhanyawaad (pronounced ‘dhuhn-Ya-vaad’)

Tamil – India, Singapore, Malaysia Mautitius

Nandri (pronounced ‘nan-dri’)

Urdu – Pakistan, India

Shukria (pronounced ‘suk-ri-yaa’)

Turkish – Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria

Teşekkürler (pronounced ‘te-shek-kewr-lehr’)

Italian – Italy, Switzerland

Grazie (pronounced ‘gra-ziee’)

Cantonese – Hong Kong, China

M̀h’gōi (use this for when someone does something for you i.e when a waiter puts down your food. Pronounced ‘m-goi’)
Dōjeh (use this for when someone gives you something i.e a gift, or a lift somewhere. Pronounced ‘do-ze’)

Thai – Thailand

Khob-kun-Ka If you are a woman (pronounced kob-koon-ka)
Khob-kun-Krub If you are a man (pronounced kob-koon-kab)

Armenian – Armenia, Russia, Middle East

Shnorhakalut’yun (pronounced ‘shuh-nor-ha-ga-lu-tune’)

Gugarati – India, Bangladesh

Dhanyawaad (pronounced ‘dhuhn-ya-vaad’) or aabhar

Albanian – Albania

Falemnderit (pronounced ‘fah-lehm-meen-deh-reet’)

Polish – Poland

Dziękuję (pronounced ‘jen-ku-je’)

Burmese – Burma/Myanmar

Chezu tinbade (pronounced ‘chei-zu tin-bar-te’)

Romanian – Romania, Moldova

Mulţumesc (pronounced ‘mult-zoo-mesc’)

Kurdish – Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria

Sipas (pronounced ‘si-pas’)

Azerbaijani – Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran

Sag olun (pronounced ‘sa-olun’)

Visayan/Cebuano – Philippines

Salamat (pronounced ‘sal-amat’)

Dutch – Netherlands, Belgium

Dank je (pronounced ‘dahnk yuh’)

Serbo-Croatian – Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia

Hvala (pronounced ‘hvah-lah’)

Nepali – Nepal

Dhanyabaad (pronounced ‘dhan-naii-bat’)

Khmer – Cambodia

Ar kun (pronounced ‘aw-kunh’)

Somali – Somalia

Mahad sanid (pronounced ‘me-had sen-eed’)

Hungarian – Hungary

Köszönöm (pronounced ‘khoe-se-noem’)

Greek – Greece, Cyprus

Efcharisto (pronounced ‘ef-κha-ree-sto’)

Chichewa/Chewa – Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia

Zikomo (pronounced ‘zee-ko-mo’)

Hebrew – Israel

Toda (pronounced ‘toe-dah’)

Czech – Czech Rebublic

Děkuji (pronounced ‘dye-koo-yi’)

Zulu – South Africa

Ngiyabonga (pronounced ni(knee)-ya-bonga’)

Hawaiian – Hawaii

Mahalo (pronounced ‘ma-ha-lo’)

Swedish – Sweden, Finland

Tack (pronounced ‘tack’)

Lao = Laos

Khawp jai (pronounced ‘kah-awb jai’)

Taa da! And there you have it, how to say thank you in 44 languages. Gracias for reading and let us know below what we’ve missed!

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