Thanksgiving is amazing! Despite it being America’s favorite holiday, the fourth Thursday in November has been diminished to being that holiday that’s in between Halloween and Christmas. Come on folks! Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with friends and family and give, well, thanks for all we have been given over the past year. (Let’s not forget about all the sides and pies…and football!) This year, we thought it would be fun to turn the holiday into an international affair by teaching you how to say “thank you” in different languages. How’s 50 different ways? As a fun Thanksgiving activity, whether in between courses, or even naps, try out the different ways to say “thanks” or have folks guess which country the word comes from. You can thank us later…

Thank you in 50 international dialects

  1. Afrikaans: dankie
  2. Arabic: shoukran
  3. Armenian: shnorhakalutiun
  4. Bengali: dhannyabad
  5. Bulgarian: blagodariya
  6. Cambodian: orkun
  7. Chinese, Cantonese: do jeh
  8. Chinese, Mandarin: xie xie
  9.  Croatian: hvala
  10. Czech: dekuju
  11. Danish: tak
  12. Fijian: vinaka
  13. Finnish: kiitos
  14. French: merci
  15. Gaelic: go raibh maith agat
  16. German: danke
  17. Greek: efharisto
  18. Haitian: mèsi
  19. Hebrew: toda
  20. Hindi: shoukriah [or] dhanya wad
  21. Icelandic: takk
  22. Indonesian: terima kasih
  23. Irish (Northern): Nice one bro’r  OR Cheers mucker
  24. Italian: grazie
  25. Japanese: arigato
  1. Korean: kamsa hamnida
  2. Latin: gratias ago
  3. Latvian: paldies
  4. Lithuanian: attyu
  5. Laotian: kob chie
  6. Malay: terima kasih
  7. Maltese: grazzi
  8. Maori: kiaora koe
  9. Norwegian: takk
  10. Persian: mamnun
  11. Polish: dziekuje
  12. Portuguese: obrigado
  13. Romanian: multsumesc
  14. Russian: spasibo
  15. Slovakian: dakujem
  16. Somali: mahadsanid
  17. Spanish: gracias
  18. Swahili: ahsante
  19. Swedish: tack
  20. Thai: kabkoon krup (if you are a male), kabkoon ka (if you are a female)
  21. Turkish: teshekur ederim
  22. Uzbek: rahmat
  23. Vietnamese: cam on
  24. Welsh: diolch yn fawr
  25. Zulu: ngiyabonga

Jason Stahl is an Emmy Award winner who has reported on just about everything from the future of terrorism to North Korean tourism and why Las Vegas is great for kids. He’s interviewed countless personalities from Gene Simmons to Common to Sir Richard Branson. He’s held editorships at WONDERLUST, SPIN, Google, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, MSN News, NBC Sports and Centennial Media. Stahl’s the co-author of 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Everything: Duct Tape, Airport Security, Your Body, Sex in Space… And More. The aspiring deli man lives with his wife and son in Jersey City Heights where he operates Hank Schwartz’s Delicatessen & Appetizing.

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