Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saying Thank You

I love languages. I love how there are so many words, letters and sounds from all over the world that help you communicate. 

Because today is Mother's Day, I thought it would be a great idea to learn how to say Thank You in different languages. Here is a list of how to say thank you in different languages I found on the Internet. You can ask the kids to make a card and write down a few of them. It's a nice way to learn new words in different languages which improves your communication skills, language skills, further develops learning of diversity as well as build an understanding and importance of gratitude. Enjoy!

SHUKRIYA for reading :)

  • Afrikaans: Dankie
  • Albanian: Faleminderit
  • Alsatian: Merci
  • A’Leamona: Gra al or Gra [pronounced grah or grah ahl]
  • Arabic: Shokrun (pronounced Shook-run)
  • Armenian: Shnorhakalutiun
  • Bengali: Dhonnobaad (written in Bengali similar to Hindi)
  • Bosnian: Hvala
  • Bulgarian: Blagodariya
  • Buryat (Mongolian people): Hain daa
  • Chinese (Mandarin):  Xie Xie (pronouced: shyeh shyeh. Say it fast and keep it short)
  • Chinese (Cantonese):  Daw Jeh
  • Croatian: Hvala
  • Czech: Dekuju/Dekujeme
  • Danish: Tak
  • Dutch: Dank je (pronounced: dannk yuhh) or Bedankt (pronounced: buh dannkt)
  • English: Thank You
  • Filipino: Salamat
  • Finnish: Kiitos (pronounced: KEE-tos. Like “toast” without the last “t”)
  • French: Merci
  • German: Danke (dahn-kuh)
  • Greek: Euxaristo (efhar-ist-oh)
  • Hebrew: Todah
  • Hindi: Dhannayvad or Shukriya
  • Icelandic: Tack Fyrir
  • Irish: Go raibh (míle) maith agat [pronounced: gu rev (me-la) mah agh-ut]. It means: (a million) thanks to you.
  • Italian: Grazie
  • Japanese: Arigatou (informal; pronounced: A-rii-gah-to’) Domo arigato gozaimasu (formal; pronounced: A-rii-gah-to’ goh-zae-mas)
  • Khmer (Cambodian): Or Kun
  • Korean: Gamsahapnida (pronounced: gam-sa-ham-nee-dah)
  • Korean: Gomapsupnida (pronounced: go-mahp-soop-nee-dah)
  • Kurdish: Spaas
  • Lao: Khopjai
  • Lithuanian: Ači
  • Malay: Terima Kasih
  • Maltese: Grazzi
  • Nepali: Dhanayvaad (isn’t said as frequently as a thank you in English)
  • Norwegian: Takk
  • Persian (Iran): Mamnoon
  • Polish: Dziękuję
  • Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal, etc): Obrigado [if male] and Obrigada [if female]
  • Punjabi: Dhan Waad
  • Romanian: Mul umesc (pronounced: mool-too-mesk)
  • Russian: Спасибо (pronounced: spa-see-ba)
  • Slovak: Dakujem (pronounced: dyock-we-em
  • Spanish: Gracias
  • Swahili: Asante
  • Swedish: Tack
  • Tagalog (Filipino): Salamat (po) (sir/madam)
  • Tamil: Nandree
  • Telugu: Dhanyavaadaalu; Kruthagnathalu
  • Thai: Kop kun krap (if male) Kop kun ka (if female)
  • Turkish: Teºekkür ederim
  • Urdu: Shukriya (pronounced: shook-ree-ah)
  • Vietnamese: Cam On (pronounced: caam-ungh)
  • Waloon (Belgian community): Merci
  • Welsh: Diolch (mam) Amino (sir)
  • West Indian Creole:  M si
  • Xhosa:  Enkosi
  • Yiddish: A dank
  • Yoruba:  O Sheun
  • Zulu:  Ngiyabonga (literally means : I give thanks)

1 comment:

  1. I love seeing bulletin boards with "thank you" from many languages. It always reminds me of the universal sign of happiness - the smile. I think the words "thank you" are so important. They show value, friendship, mentor ship, camaraderie, and a willingness to grow and carry on. These are all things that a community needs in order to thrive.


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