How to Say Thank You in 196 Different Languages

Have you ever wondered how to say thank you in different languages? Well, my passion for travel has taken me to some of the most ultimate travel destinations, and along the way I’ve learned that expressing gratitude is a universal language that connects us all. So, why not learn how to say thank you around the world. from “Danke” to “Gracias” to “Salamat” let’s dive deep into these two little words that mean so much.

Learn to Say Thank You in Other Languages for Your Travels

Learn to Say Thank You in Other Languages for Your Travels


CountryPronounciation
AfghanistanTashakor (ta-sha-kor) ▶️
AlbaniaFaleminderit (fa-le-min-de-ɾit) ▶️
AlgeriaShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
AndorraGràcies (gra-see-us) ▶️
AngolaObrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
Antigua and BarbudaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
ArgentinaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
ArmeniaShnorhakalutyun (Shno-rha-ka-lu-tyun) ▶️
AustraliaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
AustriaDanke (dahn-kah) ▶️
AzerbaijanTəşəkkür edirəm (teh-sheh-kur-eh-deh-rim) ▶️
BahamasThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
BahrainShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
BangladeshDhan’yabāda (Dhan-ya-bā-da) ▶️
BarbadosThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
BelarusDziakuj (ja-kuj) ▶️
BelgiumDank u (Dutch) / Merci (French) (Dank-you) ▶️
BelizeThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
BeninMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
BhutanThuji Che (too-ji-che) ▶️
BoliviaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
Bosnia and HerzegovinaHvala (Huh-vah-luh) ▶️
BotswanaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
BrazilObrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
Brunei DarussalamTerima kasih (t’ree-ma kas-she) ▶️
BulgariaBlagodarya (Boh-gull-dah-ree-ah) ▶️
Burkina FasoMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
BurundiMurakoze (moo-ra-ko-ze) ▶️
CambodiaAurkun (o-ru-kun) ▶️
CameroonMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
CanadaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
Cape Verde/Cabo VerdeObrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
Central African RepublicMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
ChadMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
ChileGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
ChinaXièxiè (syeh-syeh) ▶️
ColombiaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
ComorosShukrani (shoe-krahni) ▶️
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville)Merci (mehr-see) ▶️
Costa RicaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
Côte D’ivoire (Ivory Coast)Merci (mehr-see) ▶️
CroatiaHvala (Huh-vah-luh) ▶️
CubaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
CyprusEfcharistó (ef-har-rih-stowe) ▶️
Czech RepublicDěkuji (deh-ku-yih) ▶️
Democratic Republic of the Congo Merci (mehr-see) ▶️
DenmarkTak (informal) (tahk) ▶️
DjiboutiMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
DominicaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
Dominican RepublicGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
East Timor (Timor-Leste)Obrigadu (Tetum) (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
EcuadorGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
EgyptShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
El SalvadorGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
Equatorial GuineaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
EritreaAmaseganalo (Ah-ma-seh-gah-nah-lo) ▶️
EstoniaAitäh (Ah-ee-tah) ▶️
EthiopiaAmesegenalehu (Ah-me-seh-gih-nah-leh-hu) ▶️
FijiVinaka (vee-na-ka) ▶️
FinlandKiitos (kee-toas) ▶️
FranceMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
GabonMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
GeorgiaMadloba (mad-lo-ba) ▶️
GermanyDanke (dahn-kah) ▶️
GhanaMedaase (Me-daa-say) ▶️
GreeceEfcharistó (ef-har-rih-stowe) ▶️
GrenadaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
GuatemalaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
GuineaMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
Guinea-BissauObrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
GuyanaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
HaitiMèsi (Me-si) ▶️
Holy SeeGrazzi (gra-see) ▶️
HondurasGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
HungaryKöszönöm (Kuh-suh-nem) ▶️
IcelandTakk (tahk) ▶️
IndiaDhanyavaad (Den-yee-vahd) ▶️
IndonesiaTerima kasih (t’ree-ma kas-she) ▶️
Iranmam’noon (mam-noon) ▶️
IraqShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
IrelandThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
IsraelToda (toh-dah) ▶️
ItalyGrazie (Gratz-eh) ▶️
JamaicaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
JapanArigatou/Arigatou gozaimasu (ahree-gah-to/)
JordanShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
KazakhstanRakhmet (Rak-mat) ▶️
KenyaAsante (ah-sahn-te) ▶️
KiribatiKo rabwa (ko-rab-wa) ▶️
Korea, Democratic People’s Rep. (North Korea)Gamsahamnida/Kamsahamnida (kahm-sa-ham-nee-da) ▶️
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)Gamsahamnida/Kamsahamnida (kahm-sah-ham-nee-da) ▶️
KuwaitShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
KyrgyzstanRakhmat (Rak-mat) ▶️
Lao, People’s Democratic RepublicKhob chai (Khop-Jai) ▶️
LatviaPaldies (Pahl-dee-es) ▶️
LebanonShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
LesothoKea u leboha (ke-a-leboga) ▶️
LiberiaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
LibyaShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
LiechtensteinDanke (dahn-kah) ▶️
LithuaniaAčiū (ah-chew) ▶️
LuxembourgMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
MadagascarMisaotra (mi-sot-tra) ▶️
MalawiZikomo (zi-ko-mo) ▶️
MalaysiaTerima kasih (t’ree-ma kas-she) ▶️
MaldivesShukuriyya (shoo-kree-a) ▶️
MaliMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
MaltaGrazzi (gra-see) ▶️
Marshall IslandsYokwe (Yak-way) ▶️
MauritaniaShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
MauritiusMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
MexicoGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
Micronesia, Federal States ofKulo (ku-lo) ▶️
Moldova, Republic ofMulțumesc (Mool-tsoo-mesk) ▶️
MonacoMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
MongoliaBayarlalaa (ba-yar-la-la) ▶️
MontenegroHvala (Huh-vah-luh) ▶️
MoroccoShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
MozambiqueObrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
Myanmar, BurmaKyay zu tin ba de (kyay-zu-tin-ba-deh) ▶️
NamibiaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
NauruThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
NepalDhanyavaad (Den-yee-vahd) ▶️
NetherlandsDank je (informal) / Dank u (formal) (Dahnk-hye) ▶️
New ZealandThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
NicaraguaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
NigerMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
NigeriaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
North MacedoniaBlagodaram (blah-go-dah-rahm) ▶️
NorwayTakk (tahk) ▶️
OmanShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
PakistanShukriya (shoo-kree-a) ▶️
PalauThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
PanamaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
Papua New GuineaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
ParaguayGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
PeruGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
PhilippinesSalamat (sah-lah-maht) ▶️
PolandDziękuję (dsyen-koo-yeh) ▶️
PortugalObrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
QatarShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
RomaniaMulțumesc (Mool-tsoo-mesk) ▶️
Russian FederationSpasibo (spah-see-boh) ▶️
RwandaMurakoze (Moo-ra-ko-ze) ▶️
Saint Kitts and NevisThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
Saint LuciaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
SamoaFa’afetai (FAA-fa-ta-a-ay) ▶️
San MarinoGrazie (Gratz-eh) ▶️
Sao Tome and PrincipeObrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh) ▶️
Saudi ArabiaShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
SenegalMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
SerbiaHvala (Huh-vah-luh) ▶️
SeychellesMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
Sierra LeoneThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
SingaporeThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)Ďakujem (ja-qwee-em) ▶️
SloveniaHvala (Huh-vah-luh) ▶️
Solomon IslandsThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
SomaliaMahadsanid (Ma-had-sah-need) ▶️
South AfricaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
South SudanThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
SpainGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
Sri LankaBohoma Sthuthi (Bo-hoh-mah Iss-thoo-thee) ▶️
St. Vincent & GrenadinesThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
State of PalestineShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
SudanShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
SurinameDank je wel (Dahnk-hye-vel) ▶️
Swaziland (Eswatini)Ngiyabonga (ngiyabon-ga) ▶️
SwedenTack (tahk) ▶️
SwitzerlandDanke (dahn-kah) ▶️
Syria, Syrian Arab RepublicShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
TajikistanRahmat (Ra-mat) ▶️
TanzaniaAsante (ah-sahn-te) ▶️
ThailandKhop khun (kowpkoom) ▶️
The GambiaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
TogoMerci (mehr-see) ▶️
TongaMalo (Ma-lo) ▶️
Trinidad and TobagoThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
TunisiaShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
TurkeyTəşəkkür edirəm (teh-sheh-kur-eh-deh-rim) ▶️
TurkmenistanSag bolun (Sag-bo-loon) ▶️
TuvaluFakafetai (Fah-keh-feh-tay) ▶️
UgandaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
UkraineDyakuyu (Dya-koo-ee-you) ▶️
United Arab EmiratesShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
United KingdomThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
United StatesThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
UruguayGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
UzbekistanRahmat (Ra-mat) ▶️
VanuatuThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
VenezuelaGracias (gra-see-us) ▶️
VietnamCảm ơn (Cahm-uhn) ▶️
YemenShukran (shoe-krahn) ▶️
ZambiaThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
ZimbabweThank you (thangk-yoo) ▶️
From the melodic Italian “Grazie” to the heartfelt Japanese “Arigatou,” and from the warm Fijian “Vinaka” to the spirited Turkish “Teşekkür ederim,” we’ve learned how to say thank you in many different languages. Remember, language is not just words; it’s a bridge that connects us to the hearts and cultures of people worldwide. So, whether you’re traveling to far-flung destinations or simply want to connect with someone from a different part of the world, the simple act of saying “thank you” in their native tongue can create a bond that transcends borders.

plus, Here’s a personal thank you to some of my favorite destinations:

“ASANTE” TO TANZANIA

Asante Tanzania for being my first introduction to Africa. You allowed me to find a type of camping I’d actually do again when I went glamping while on safari in Serengeti, you confirmed that happiness is a state of mind while visiting the Kibowa orphanage in Arusha and you taught me that my hands are handy eating utensils while dining on traditional Ugali.


“Kob Kun” to Thailand

“Kob Kun” Thailand for teaching me that elephants deserve gentle love and bathes daily at an elephant rescue center and that century eggs don’t taste quite as bad as their ammonia smell, but crunchy insects are not at all appetizing. You also got me over my massage fear by letting me get dozens of foot massages for four bucks each, and even one massage by a prison inmate. You taught me how to make the best pad thai with crunchy peanuts on top and showed me the tedious art of making paper umbrellas.


“Arigatou” to Japan

Arigatou Japan, especially Tokyo. You coached me through making a colorful plate of sushi that was actually edible and you taught me the proper etiquette of a traditional tea ceremony that made me realize that I can be refined for at least ten minutes at a time. You showed me the intensity of a sport while watching a sumo wrestler’s practice session. You let me pet a few felines at the quirkiest Cat Cafe and served me drinks out of a dummy’s head at a fun jail themed restaurant.


“Merci” to France

Merci Paris, France for showing me the time consuming art of making a yummy macaron cookie, for putting on a super sexy show at the Moulin Rouge, for allowing me to lock my love on the Pont des Arts bridge and for officially turning me into a lover of the prix fixe meal.


“Danke” to Switzerland

Danke to Switzerland for being a spontaneous stop on my route and provided an unexpected pleasure of things to do. You introduced me to traditional fondue, proving to that gooey cheese and cubes of bread can be an entire meal. You introduced me to one of the best street foods, warm chestnuts in a brown paper bag and you let me drink the freshest water that came straight from one of your hundreds of fountains in the city of Zurich.

Swiss Fondue

“Grazie” to Italy

Grazie Italy for reminding me of your exquisite beauty this past year. You let me drive throughout the rolling hills of Tuscany and showed me that true artisan craftsmanship still exists. You taught me how to use a potters wheel and made me climb the 468 stairs of the Florence Duomo…again. I am not sure how happy I am about that one. And you fed me. Very well. As always.


“Mh’gōi” to Hong Kong, China

Mh’gōi Hong Kong, China for immersing me into your culture by feeding me chicken feet at the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant and a hearty bowl of snake soup. You let me take a ride through Victoria Harbour on a traditional junk boat while watching the Symphony of Lights. You allowed me to climb countless stairs to get close to Big Buddha and then saved me some steps with a ride on the longest outdoor escalator in the world, the mid-level elevators.

Walkway on Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

“Ke kmal mesaul” to Palau

Ke kmal mesaul Palau, mostly because I did not even realize that tiny speck on the map could be so amazing and filled with incredible things to do. You let me take my first natural mud bath in the Milky Way and left my skin silky smooth. You also allowed me to swim in jellyfish lake with thousands of these plankton. You fed me a traditional Palauan meal and showed me that snorkeling in 82 degree water is so much better than the 60 degrees elsewhere.


“Gracias” to Spain, Chile & Argentina

Gracias Spain for letting me explore the depths of a cava cave with you and teaching me that not all bubbly cavas are created equal. This year you also confirmed that pan con tomate is one of the best things on earth.

Gracias Chile for giving me my first horseback ride through autumn colored vineyards and then letting me soak my aching muscles in a hot tub made out of a wine barrel.

Gracias Argentina for making me overdose on a variety of meat while attending three traditional asados and serving me tasty blood sausage. You also taught me how to make addictive empanadas, so I can indulge even when I am at home in California.

Pintxos in Spain

“Thank You” to North America and Canada

Thank you Louisiana for giving me a nibble of fried frog legs, alligator and cracklin’s. I will be back for that squirrel. Thanks Kentucky for letting me tour a thoroughbred horse farm, and drink a glass of the official Kentucky derby wine, even if I didn’t get to wear a really big hat.

Many thanks Canada for letting me stand right behind Niagara Falls and feel the mist from the gushing water. And a dozen thank yous to New York for allowing me to gorge at the restaurant that created the original chicken wings. I will have to work my way up to the spicy sauce. Thanks to Idaho for proving you are way more than just potatoes and letting me stand on one of the most inspirational spots.

And of course, thank you to my home state of California, not only have you been there for me every time I returned from traveling, you also showed me how to mushroom hunt in Angwin, gave me swag at a swanky San Francisco party and let me eat all-I-could-eat at a crab feed.


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19 thoughts on “How to Say Thank You in 196 Different Languages”

  1. Loved this. Took a lot of work, huh? I look forward to reading your blogs and looking at your pictures in the new year :) THANK YOU!

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  2. What a year, well your doing better than me as my total is only at four!

    Also i’m rather jealous that you’ve been to Palau – its quite high up on my list!

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  3. Yep, it’s vital to learn a few words, especially in some countries where they don’t speak many foreign languages.
    But, saying “thank you”, “hello” and “goodbye” are the bare essentials for showing your kindness and respect towards locals.

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  4. Vinaka vakalevu from Fiji. I really appreciate the gratitude sentiment. I’ve only just stumbled across the site, which is amazing. I was just wondering, do you have a big ‘why’ for pursuing your bucket list now?

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  5. I want to live the life you’re living! It seems like you’ve conquered the entire world. Your pictures truly capture the experiences you had in each different place you visited. Keep adding to this long list…we’re all your biggest supporters!

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