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How To Say Thank You In 20 Languages

“It’s European Day of Languages, and to celebrate, we’re going multi-lingual for the day”


  • How To Say Thank You In 20 Languages

    It’s European Day of Languages, and to celebrate, we’re going multi-lingual for the day…

    How many languages can you speak? According to the Council of Europe, the brains behind European Day of Languages, at least half of the world’s population are bilingual or ‘plurilingual’, which means they’re fluent in more than two. And for those of us who are lagging behind, a campaign was launched yesterday to get everyone in the UK learning 1000 words in another tongue.

    In the spirit of all things linguistic, then, we did a straw poll in the office this morning to see who could say ‘thank you’ in the most languages. It’s up there with ‘hello’ in the list of essential phrases you’ll need on holiday, after all. And as someone wise once said, manners cost nothing.

    The winning figure? A fairly respectable 7 – including 2 from outside of Europe – from Rosa on our production team. See if you can do better, then check if you missed any from our pick of 20 European languages below.

    How To Say Thank You in 20 Languages

    Croatian: hvala
    Danish: tak
    Dutch: dank u
    Estonian: aitäh
    Finnish: kiitos
    French: merci
    German: danke
    Greek: efharisto
    Hungarian: köszönöm
    Italian: grazie
    Latvian: paldies
    Lithuanian: ačiū
    Maltese: nirringrazzjak
    Polish: dziękuję
    Portuguese: obrigado
    Romanian: mulțumesc
    Slovak: ďakujem
    Slovene: hvala
    Spanish: gracias
    Swedish: tack
     
    Can you beat the Thomson team and say ‘thank you’ in more than 7 languages?

Author: Katie Gregory

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