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 drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.

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