20 different ways to say thank you

 

When it comes to going on holiday, a little effort with the language goes a long way.

Before you go, memorise a few key phrases – please, thank you, excuse me – the locals will definitely appreciate it.

You’ll also be a lot more popular than the family pointing at the menu and shouting in English, that’s for sure.

Have a quick look at our guide before you go, and you’ll set yourself apart as a serious – and polite – globe trotter.

China

‘Xièxiè’ (Mandarin) or ‘M goi’ (Cantonese)

How to pronounce it – Shye-Shye or Umm-goy

Denmark

‘Tak’

How to pronounce it – Takk

Finland

‘Kiitos’

How to pronounce it `– Khee-toss

France

‘Merci’

How to pronounce it – Mehr-see

Germany 

‘Danke’

How to pronounce it – Dann-kuh

Greece

‘Efharisto’
 
How to pronounce it – Eff-cah-ree-STOH

India

‘Dhanyavaad’ (Hindi) ‘Shukriya’ (Urdu)

How to pronounce it – DHA-nya-vaad, Shook-ree-yah

Italy

‘Grazie’ (thank you) or ‘Grazie tante’ (thank you very much)

How to pronounce it – GRAHT-see-yeh or GRAHT-see-yeh TAHN-the

Japan

‘Arigatô’

How to pronounce it – Ah-ree-GAH-toh

Kenya

‘Asante’

How to pronounce it – Ass-AN-tay

Mexico

‘Gracias’ (thanks) or ‘Muchas gracias’ (many thanks)

How to pronounce it – ‘GRASS-ee-ass’ 
(In Spain, it sounds more like Grathias, while in South America it sounds more like Grassias.)

Poland

Dziękuję’ (thank you) or ‘Dzięki’ (thanks)

How to pronounce it – Jen-KOO-yeh or JEN-kee

Portugal

‘Obrigado’ (masculine) or ‘Obrigada’ (feminine)

How to pronounce it – Oh-bree-GAH-doo or Oh-bree-GAH-dah)

Russia

‘Spasiba’

How to pronounce it – Spah-see-ba

South Africa

‘Ngiyabonga’ (Zulu) ‘Enkosi’ (Xhosa) ‘Dankie’ (Afrikaans)

How to pronounce it – Ghee-ya-bon-ya (Zulu), In-KOH-see (Xhosa), Dan-key (Afrikaans), 

Spain 

‘Gracias’ (thanks) or ‘Muchas gracias’ (many thanks)

How to pronounce it – ‘GRATH-ee-ass’ 

Sweden

‘Tack’

How to pronounce it – Tack

Thailand

‘Kop khun’

How to pronounce it – Korp-koon.

Turkey

‘Teşekkür ederim’ (thank you) 

How to pronounce it – ‘Teh-sheh-kull-erh Ed-erh-im’

USA

‘Thanks, y’all.’

How to pronounce it – The way you normally do, but wearing a cowboy hat.
 
 
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