In how many languages can you say thanks?
Well I may be good at languages, but definitely not at counting and find it pretty unimportant and timewasting, so I think I’ll just tell you in which, and you can count if you wish. 😀
I guess more than I can actually speak.
First my favourite languages, I know how to say thanks in all of them even though I can only speak Polish, English, Swedish and Welsh.
Polish – dzięki, or dziękuję if you want to say thank you and be more formal.
English – thanks.
Swedish – tack.
Welsh – diolch.
Finnish – kiitos, or actually kiiti or kiitoksia, kiitos is more formal than thanks.
Dutch – dank je.
Irish – Go raibh maith agat.
Scots – thank ye, though I’m not sure if it’s actually used in this form as I have never heard anyone saying this in Scots.
Scottish Gaelic – Tapadh leat.
Manx – Gura mie ayd, apparently.
Cornish – Meur ras.
Frisian – tankje.
North Sami – giitu.
Faroese, – takk fyri, takk is also Norwegian and Icelandic, though Norwegian and Icelandic aren’t among my very very favourite ones, though I like them.
And then there are other languages that I most probably won’t ever learn, but know how to say thanks in them.
Danish – tak, well very similar to Swedish so easy to figure out.
Chinese – 谢谢, I had to find the spelling online as I don’t have neither Chinese keyboard nor the slightest idea about Chinese alphabet, but I’ve learned it at school and know how it should sound, haha.
Czech – Dík, know it from my Dad, and heard a lot when we were in Czech.
Russian – Спасибо, from my Mum.
Slovak – Vďaka, again heard it from my Dad.
German – danke, I was learning German at school.
Lithuanian – Ačiū, my Grandad taught me.
Swahili – Asante – I learned some Swahili when I was at school and my aunt’s acquaintance often visited me there, she was teaching me English, but she was also a missionary in Africa and she could speak a bit Swahili.
French – merci, well I guess everyone knows it.
Italian – grazie.
Spanish – gracias, also quite widely known and even if I wouldn’t know it earlier, Zofijka watches a lot of Argentinian series nowadays so it’s easy to figure out.
Wow that’s quite a lot actually, wouldn’t think it’s so many languages haha, it’s funny how some things just get sucked in by our brains. How about you? 🙂