No matter where you go in the world, a simple thank you can go a long way.

Whether your future globetrotter adventures take you to Germany, France or the Netherlands, there is no better way to impress the locals than to show a little gratitude in their native language.

Fortunately, the experts at Busuu, the language learning app, have put together a list of ways to say “Thank you in some of the most widely spoken languages ​​in the world”.

Here’s how to say thank you in 45 different languages

1. Spanish

  • Gracias (thank you)
  • Muchas gracias (Thank you very much)

2. French

  • Merci (thank you)
  • Merci Beaucoup (Thank you very much)
  • Merci mille fois (Thank you very much)

3. Italian

  • Grace (thank you)
  • Grazie Mille / Grazie infinite (Thank you very much)
  • Molte grazie (thank you very much)

4. German

  • Thank you thank you)
  • Thank you (thank you very much)
  • Thank you very much (Thank you very much)

5. Dutch

  • Thank you (thank you)
  • Dankjewel (thank you) informal
  • Thank you formally

6. Portuguese

  • Obrigado / Obrigada (thank you – male / female speaker)
  • Muito obrigado (for boys) / Muito obrigada (for girls) (Thank you very much

7. Turkish

  • Teşekkürler (thank you)
  • Teşekkür ederim (thank you)
  • Çok teşekkürler (Thank you very much)

8. Russian

  • Спасибо [Spasiba] (Many Thanks)
  • Благодарю [Blagadaryu] (Many Thanks)
  • Большое спасибо [Bol’shoye spasiba] (Many Thanks)

9. Chinese (Mandarin)

  • 谢谢 [xiè xiè] (Many Thanks)
  • 多谢 [duō xiè] (Many Thanks)
  • 感谢 [gǎn xiè] (Many Thanks)

10. Korean

  • 감사 합니다 [gahm-sa-hab-ni-da] Formally Many Thanks
  • 고마워 [go-ma-wo] Casual Many Thanks
  • 대단히 감사 합니다 (dae-dan-hi gahm-sa-have-ni-da)Formally Many Thanks
  • 정말 고마워 [jeong-mal go-ma-wo] Casual Many Thanks

11. Vietnamese

  • Cảm ơn (thank you)
  • Cảm ơn bạn (thank you)
  • Cảm ơn bạn rất nhiều (Thank you very much)

12. Arabic

  • شكرًا Thank you [šukran]
  • شكرا على كلامك اللطيف Thank you for your kind words [šokran ʿalā kalāmak el-la]
  • ده كرم منك That’s very nice of you [dah karam menna]

13. Polish

  • Dzięki (thank you)
  • Dziękuję (thank you) (Note that dziękuję (or never, dziękuję) can also be used to decline an offer, as in “No, thank you”
  • Stokrotne dzięki (Thank you very much)
  • Wielkie dzięki (Thank you very much)

14. Croatian

  • Hvala (thank you)
  • Puno hvala / Hvala lijepa (Thank you very much)
  • Hvala najljepša literary / Baš ti hvala colloquial (Really thank you very much)

15. Danish

  • Tak (thanks)
  • Mange tak (Thank you very much)
  • Tak shall you have (Thank you very much)

16. Czech

  • Děkuji vám (thank you)
  • Zu je od vás velmi laskavé (That’s very nice of you)
  • Díky moc! (Many Thanks!)

17. Estonian

  • Tänan (thank you)
  • Aitah (thank you)
  • Tänan väga (Thank you very much)

18. Finnish

  • Kiitos (thank you)
  • Kiitos ystävällisistä sanoistasi! (Thank you for your nice words)
  • Kiitos Paljon! (Many Thanks)

19. Greek

  • Σ ‘ευχαριστώ! [S’ efharistó!] Ι thank you (Singular – less formal)
  • Σας ευχαριστώ! [Sas efharistó!] Many Thanks (Plural – formal)
  • Σας ευχαριστούμε! [Sas efharistούme!] We thank you

20. Hawaiians

  • MahaloMany Thanks
  • Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)

21. Hindi

  • धन्यवाद [dhun-yuh-vaad] Thank you (pure hindi)
  • बहुत शुक्रिया or बहुत धन्यवाद [bahut shu-kri-yaa or bahut dhun-yuh-vaad] Many Thanks
  • शुक्रिया [shu-kri-yaa] Thank you (slang Hindi)

22. Indonesian

  • Terima kasih (thank you)
  • Anda sungguh baik hati (Thank you very much)
  • Terima kasih banyak (Thank you very much)

23. Japanese

  • あ り が と う [Arigatou] Many Thanks
  • あ り が と う う ざ い い ま [Arigatou gozaimasu] Many Thanks
  • ど う も あ り が が と [Doumo arigatou] Thank you very much
  • ど う も あ り が と う ご ざ い い ま[Doumo Arigatou gozaimasu] Many Thanks

24. Latvian

  • Paldies (thank you)
  • Liels paldies (Thank you very much)
  • Paldies par jūsu viesmīlību (Thank you for your hospitality)

25. Romanian

  • Mulţumesc (thank you)
  • Este foarte amabil din partea dumneavoastră (That’s very nice of you)
  • Vă mulțumim pentru cuvintele frumoase (Thank you for your kind words)

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26. Swahili

  • Shurkan (thank you) – mainly used in oral communication
  • Shukran sana (Thank you very much) – mainly used in oral communication
  • Asante (thank you)
  • Asante Sana (Thank you very much)

27. Thai

  • ขอบคุณ [khawp khun] Many Thanks
  • ขอบใจ นะ [khawp jai] Many Thanks.

28. Filipino

  • Salamat sa-LAH-mat (Many Thanks)
  • Napakabuti ninyo (that’s very nice of you)
  • Salamat sa iyong mga papuri (Thank you for your kind words)

29. Slovak

  • Ďakujem JAH-koo-yehm (I thank you)
  • Ďakujeme (Thank you)
  • Ďakujem mnohokrát (Thank you very much)

30. Norwegian

  • Takkkal you ha (thank you)
  • Takk for hjelpen (thanks for your help)
  • Tusen takk (thanks a million)

31. Hebrew

  • Toda (thank you)
  • Toda raba (thank you very much)
  • Rov todot (Thank you very much)

32. Hungarian

  • Köszönöm (thank you)
  • Ez nagyon kedves tőled (That’s very nice of you) – informal
  • Köszönöm a kedves szavakat (Thanks for your kind words)

33. Māori

  • Tēnā koe (thank you)
  • Tēnā rawa atu koe (Thank you very much)

34. Icelandic

  • Takk (thank you)
  • Kærar þakkir (Thank you very much)

35. Esperanto

  • Danko (thank you)
  • Dankon (thank you)

36. Samoans

37. Hausa

38. Yoruba

39. Igbo

  • Daalụ (thank you)
  • Daalụ nke ukwuu (Thank you very much)

40. Uzbek

  • Rahmat (thank you)
  • Katta rahmat (Thank you very much)

41. Maltese

  • Grazzi (thank you)
  • Nirringrazzjak (formal thank you)

42.Welsh

  • Diolch (thank you)
  • Diolch yn fawr (Thank you very much) – often used
  • Diolch yn fawr iawn (Thank you very much) – pretty formal

43. Afrikaans

  • Thank you (thank you)
  • Baie thank you (thank you very much)
  • Dit is baie gaaf van jou (That’s very nice of you)

44. British English

  • Thank you / thank you very much
  • Thank you buddy / cheers buddy / Ta (friendly, informal)
  • You are a lifesaver / you are my hero (to show immense gratitude, usually for an act of kindness)
  • You’re too nice (when someone compliments you)

45. American English

  • Thank you very much / thank you very much / thank you very much / thank you very much / thank you very much! (informal)
  • Thank you very much (to show immense gratitude)

And that’s a wrap! They officially know how to say thank you in 45 different languages.

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