Travelling through countries where you don’t speak the language can get difficult at times. Although everyone tries to memorize some common words or phrases before their trip or even on the plane ride in, it can be very hard to remember them when you need them – especially if you’re on a multi-country trip and travelling through many different languages. A good one to always know is “thank you”. You’re always going to need it, it will come in handy multiple times a day in heaps of different situations and it instantly makes the locals smile when you attempt it. So to help you out on your upcoming travels, here is how to say thank you in over 50 languages.

AFRIKAANS – dankie (dahn-kee)

ALBANIAN – faleminderit (fah-leh-mee-ndeh-reet)

ARABIC – shukran (shoe-krahn)

AUSTRALIAN – Ta (more informal, normally thanks)

BOSNIAN – hvala (hvah-lah)

BRAZILIAN – obrigado (ob-rhi-ga-do)

BULGARIAN – благодаря / blagodaria

CANTONESE (CHINESE) – do jeh (daw-dyeh)

COSTA RICAN SPANISH – buena nota (buenah knota)

CROATIAN – hvala (hvah-lah)

CZECH – děkuji (deh-ku-yih)

DANISH – tak (tahg)

DUTCH – dank u (dank you)

ESTONIAN – tänan (ta-nahn)

EGYPTIAN – shukrān (shoo-khran)

ETHIOPIAN (AMHARIC) – betam ahmesugenalew (bee-tham ah-mesu-gena-loo)

FILIPINO (TAGALOG) – salamat po (sah-lah-maht-poh)

FINNISH – kiitos (kee-toas)

FRENCH – merci (mehr-see)

GERMAN – danke (dahn-kah)

GREEK – ευχαριστώ efharisto (ef-har-rih-stowe)

HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-ha-lo)

HEBREW – .תודה toda (toh-dah)

HINDI – sukria (shoo-kree-a)

HUNGARIAN – köszönöm (ko-so-nom)

ICELANDIC – takk (tahk)

INDONESIAN – terima kasih (t’ree-ma kas-seh)

ITALIAN – grazie (gra-see)

JAPANESE – arigatô (ahree-gah-tow)

KOREAN – 감사합니다 kamsa hamnida (kahm-sah ham-nee-da)

LAO – khob chai (khob chai)

LATVIAN – paldies (puhl-dyehs)

LITHUANIAN – ačiū (ah-choo)

MACEDONIAN – Благодарам / blagodaram (blah-goh-dah-rahm)

MALAY – terima kasih (tree-muh kah-seh)

MALTESE – grazzi (gruts-ee)

MANDARIN – Xièxiè (syeh-syeh)

MONGOLIAN – Баярлалаа bayarlalaa (bah-yar-la-lah)

NEPALI – dhanyabad (dhan-ya-bad)

NORWEGIAN – takk (tahk)

PIDGIN (TOK PISIN) – tenkyu (tenk-yoo)

POLISH – dziękuję (dsyen-koo-yeh)

PORTUGUESE – obrigado (oh-bree-gah-doh)

QUECHUA – solpayki (sole-pai-ki)

ROMANIAN – mulţumesc (mool-tzoo-mesk)

RUSSIAN – спасибо spasibo (spah-see-boh)

SINHALA (SRI LANKA) – istutiy (isst-too-tee)

SLOVAK – Ďakujem (jah-koo-yehm)

SPANISH – gracias (gra-see-us)

SWEDISH – tack (tahkk)

SWAHILI – asante (ah-sahn-teh)

THAI – kawp-kun krap/ka’ (kowpkoom-krahp/khak)

TIBETAN  thuk-je-che (thuk-jee-cheh)

TURKISH – teşekkür ederim (teh-sheh-kur eh-deh-rim)

UKRAINIAN – Дякую (dyah-koo-yoo)

VIETNAMESE  cảm ơn bạn (gauhm uhhn banh)

WELSH – diolch (dee-ol’ch)

ZULU – ngiyabonga (ngi-yah-bon-gah)

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Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started Explore Shaw to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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