Saying Thank You … Globally

thank you, different languagesI just returned from a family vacation to the Dominican Republic. There, I was forced to reach back into the recesses of my dusty brain and extract what was left of my Spanish vocabulary. Communication wasn’t great —  I said “cerveza” (beer) in response to almost every question asked of me — but, what did impress me, is how quickly all my kids, including the 2 year olds, learned “gracias” (thank you). In most cases, it was the only word they needed. In the spirit of the gratitude and global thinking, the following is a list of how to say “Thank You” in ten different languages.

Dutch …. dank u (easy one)
English …. thank you (lest we forget)
French …. Merci
Gaelic …. go raibh maith agat
German … danke
Italian …. grazie
Japanese …. arigato
Polish …. dziękuję — sounds like, dzhehnkooyeh
Russian …. спасибо (spasibo)
Swedish …. tack

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.


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