The ABC of Saying Thanks!


I’ve always been fascinated by languages; the way different people say the same things is so surreal. Plus, it’s never a bad time to be thankful to someone. Recently, it was Mother’s Day and I saw a pleasant barrage of bloggers saying “thank you” to their mothers.

So, if there are so many people saying Thank You, there’s just as many ways to say it! Here, I’ve compiled a list of 26 ways, and how to pronounce them (as best I understood).


  1. شكرا [shuk-raan]
    (Arabic)
  2. Дзякуй [za-kui]
    (Belarusian)
  3. 谢谢 [sie-sie]
    (Chinese)
  4. Tak [pronounced like it’s written]
    (Danish)
  5. Tänan [taa-nun]
    (Estonian)
  6. Kiitos [ki-i-tosh]
    (Finnish)
  7. Ευχαριστώ [efkharisto]
    (Greek)
  8. धन्यवाद [dhanya-vaad]
    (Hindi)
  9. Grazie [graat-sie]
    (Italian)
  10. ありがとうございました [Arigatougozaimashita]
    (Japanese)
  11. 고맙습니다 [komapsumnida]
    (Korean)
  12. Paldies [pronounced the same as it’s written]
    (Latvian)
  13. നന്ദി [nandi]
    (Malayalam)
  14. Takk skal du ha [pronounced the same]
    (Norwegian)
  15. Þancas [THAN-kahs]
    (Old English)
  16. ممنونم [mam-nuu-nam]
    (Persian)
  17. Solpayki [pronounced the same]
    (Quechua)
  18. Спасибо [spasiba]
    (Russian)
  19. Ďakujem [jakuyem]
    (Slovak)
  20. Teşekkür ederim [tesekkyur ederim]
    (Turkish)
  21. Дякую [Dyakuyu]
    (Ukrainian)
  22. Cảm ơn bạn [tam un baan]
    (Vietnamese)
  23. Diolch [Diolsh]
    (Welsh)
  24. Enkosi [pronounced the same]
    (Xhosa)
  25. שכח< (Shkoyekh)
    (Yiddish)
  26. Ngiyabonga [niyabonga – the g is very soft]
    (Zulu)

Which one is your favourite? I think I’m in love with how they say it in Arabic and in Finnish. How do you say ‘thank you’ in your language? Tell me in the comments!

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24 Comments

  • Ashley Wagstaff
    16th May 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I love this! My favorite ways to say thank you are Italian and French (I know it isn’t listed! But it’s my fav!).

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      16th May 2017 at 2:57 pm

      I did list Italian because I love it too, and French is just such a beautiful language! I like “gracias” in Spanish as well.

  • Janice
    16th May 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! 😊 This is delightful. I like saying it in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and French.😊

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      16th May 2017 at 3:13 pm

      It’s my pleasure! The Chinese just flows so naturally, and being an anime fan Japanese draws me too 😜 Sie sie!

  • peanutgallery247
    16th May 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Definitely a phrase not used enough, regardless of which language you speak. I speak English but in South Africa, in Afrikaans, one would say “baie dankie” (pronounced like “buyer darn-key”)

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      16th May 2017 at 6:22 pm

      That sounds so nice as well, kind of like the German “danke”! Are you from South Africa? And yes, definitely not used enough.

      • peanutgallery247
        16th May 2017 at 6:28 pm

        It does indeed sound similar. Yes, I am from South Africa 🇿🇦 🇿🇦

  • secretsofgreatestminds
    16th May 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I love languages too. I like your post. I am speaking
    a lot of languages too.

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      16th May 2017 at 6:33 pm

      What languages do you speak? I have been putting off learning Spanish for so long! I only speak two haha.

      • secretsofgreatestminds
        16th May 2017 at 7:28 pm

        I live in Holland and speak the language, english and had also one year spanish. I undestand hindi and am fluent at Persian.

        • Nashra
          Nashra Usmani
          16th May 2017 at 7:30 pm

          Ooh that’s inspiring, I only speak Hindi and English! I can read Arabic, but can’t understand it. Shubh raatri to you then 😁

  • pinksparkles2017
    16th May 2017 at 9:05 pm

    My favorite way of saying thank you is in Arabic because I’m fascinated with their language and how it’s written. My way of saying thank you is “gracias” in Spanish also known as “grassy- ass”. Lol, got that from an aunt of mine now it’s a running joke in our family!

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      16th May 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Same here, Arabic is so beautiful both to read and to listen to. The way they enunciated their words is just soothing.
      One of my friends calls it “grassy-ass” too, but I love the word, connotations of asses be damned 😝

  • healthybymarshalee
    18th May 2017 at 6:25 am

    So cool! I will try to remember these! My husband is Korean and Chinese so I got that down.

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      18th May 2017 at 3:33 am

      Haha I just love the Chinese way, it flows so naturally! Sie sie!

  • Untraveled Routes
    19th May 2017 at 10:33 am

    Amazing!! Never thought about it before🤘🤘Finnish one is my favorite ☺️☺️

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      19th May 2017 at 5:04 am

      Haha same pinch then! It just sounds so sweet!

  • chape
    19th May 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I loved the quechua word! Graciñas (Galician)

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      19th May 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Graciñas is so soft sounding, I love it!

  • swabby429
    19th May 2017 at 8:14 pm

    tack (Swedish paternal ancestors)

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      20th May 2017 at 1:23 am

      Tack is just sweet and simple, I like it 🙂

  • Ameena k.g
    20th May 2017 at 1:47 am

    Here’s one more: In Hausa (a Nigerian language), we say “Na gode” 😁

    • Nashra
      Nashra Usmani
      20th May 2017 at 1:25 am

      Now that’s a unique word! Love the was it sounds.

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