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
26. Korean: kamsa hamnida
27. Latin: gratias ago
28. Latvian: paldies
29. Lithuanian: attyu
30. Laotian: kob chie
31. Malay: terima kasih
32. Maltese: grazzi
33. Maori: kiaora koe
34. Norwegian: takk
35. Persian: mamnun
36. Polish: dziekuje
37. Portuguese: obrigado
38. Romanian: multsumesc
39. Russian: spasibo
40. Slovakian: dakujem
41. Somali: mahadsanid
42. Spanish: gracias
43. Swahili: ahsante
44. Swedish: tack
45. Thai: kabkoon krup (if you are a male), kabkoon ka (if you are a female)
46. Turkish: teshekur ederim
47. Uzbek: rahmat
48. Vietnamese: cam on
49. Welsh: diolch yn fawr
50. 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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