“Thank you” in ten languages

Berkeley, California.  A little city that plays a big role in research, public service, music, theater, food and more.  You encounter and meet people from all ages and walks of life – speaking many languages.

The words “thank you” go a long way in the hospitality industry (and in life).  Below, we share how to say those special words in ten languages.  Maybe you can delight someone soon by saying a “thank you” in their native tongue.

DANISH – tak (tahg)

FRENCH – merci

GERMAN – danke

HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-HA-lo)

ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)

JAPANESE – arigatô (ah-ree-GAH-toh)

LEBANESE – choukrane

SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs)

SWEDISH – tack

THAI – kop khun



  1. Reblogged this on A few words (too many) in the life of an aspired multi- linguist and commented:
    Having read this blog, it really allowed me to appreciate how much of a significance both saying thanks can be along with learning how to say thanks. Either way if you make the effort to try and say it, native speakers will really appreciate it. Of course we are all aiming for perfection here, however, a little effort goes a long way in language learning.

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